Treasure #79 1771 Tax Bill from King George III

1771 King George tax bill

1771 King George tax bill

Dated May 27, 1771, this edict from King George III’s provincial treasurer George Jaffrey ordered the Select-Men of Dover to pay Province Taxes to His Majesty in the amount of 87 pounds, 12 shillings, and 6 pence. Roughly the equivalent of $5600 in today’s dollars, also remember that the average wage in the colonies was only 9 shillings per week. New Hampshire as a whole had to pony up 2,500 British pounds. The proclamation warns, “HEREOF FAIL NOT, as you will ANSWER your NEGLECT, at the Peril of the Law.” The payment was due on Christmas Day. No wonder we had a Revolution!

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