Smithsonian

Sylvanus, "A Political Problem," March 1769

As the Back Inhabitants [of South Carolina] were debarr’d from giving their Votes for Members of the Parishes in which they reside . . . how, and in what Manner . . . can they be said to be represented in the General Assembly? . . . Is it not Paradoxical, That the Frontier and Interior Inhabitants should pay Duties and Taxes impos’d on them by their fellow Provincials, to which they have not given, or had their Assent requir’d? And with what Consistency can our Assembly exercise such Powers . . . when they deny such Authority over themselves to be vested in the British Parliament?