The Stamp Act Congress, consisting of delegates from nine colonies, met in New York to organize united resistance to the Stamp Act. It called on the colonies to protest the act by refusing to import goods that required purchase of a stamp.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Charles Townshend imposed new duties on imports of glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea in the colonies. The Townshend Acts also expanded the customs service. Revenue from the acts paid the salaries of colonial governors and judges, preventing colonial legislatures from exercising the power of the purse over those officials.