The Tamworth Manifesto of 1724 ("The Black Book")
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The Tamworth Manifesto (a.k.a. "the Black Book") is a political manifesto that was written by Roger Tamworth, published in 1724, it became one of the political manifestos cited in the Great Clash starting in 1732, and cited by members of the various monarchies as an instigation of rebellion during the "Burning Times". The document, was initially published in by the Imperian exile Roger Tamworth, while in Samkhya. The underground document was quickly spread through the merchant class who resented the political restrictions of the Magistrates.

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The document reads:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled. The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man by the Magistrates, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over mankind. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

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The document closes by stating:

Now, in view of this entire disfranchisement of one-half the people of this country, their social and religious degradation—in view of the unjust laws above mentioned, and because people do feel themselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights, we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of all nations.

In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object. We shall employ agents, circulate tracts, petition the peoples, and endeavor to enlist the pulpit and the press in our behalf. We hope this Convention will be followed by a series of Conventions, embracing every part of the world.

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One of the more ironic developments of the period is the death of Roger Tamworth at the hands of revolutionary forces in his homeland of Imperia in 1765. In his last statement before his execution, Tamworth told his students, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known".

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