In 1765 Prime Minister Grenville led passage of the Stamp Act through Parliament. He designed the tax on newpapers, legal documents and a host of other paper to collect revenues from the colonies. Although some radical whigs like William Pitt opposed the new taxes, the law sailed through Parilament with relative ease. Parliament wanted to pay off its war debt and thought the colonies needed to contribute more. To help with enforcement, Parliament also passed the Quartering act, forcing colonies to pay for housing for soldiers in their colonies.
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