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- "I grow tired of this! It seems every day a new tax is levied - a new rule enforced - without our consent! The Revenue Act. The Indemnity Act. The Commissioners of Customs Act. Oh, Chancellor Townshend must have thought himself so clever when he papered these thefts and made them law."
- ―A colonist criticizing the Townshend Acts, 1770.[src]
Townshend became known for spearheading the Townshend Acts, a series of acts meant to raise revenue for the British government and establish the rights of the British Parliament to tax the North American colonies. As the colonists were not represented in Parliament, the acts were strongly opposed, and tensions rose between the colonists and the British authorities.