Here's the kind of indignities through which the English kings used to put the American colonists:
"In 1661 King Charles II explicitly forbade Massachusetts from executing anyone for professing Quakerism. In 1684 England revoked the Massachusetts charter, sent over a royal governor to enforce English laws in 1686, and in 1689 passed a broad Toleration act." -- Wikipedia
Can you imagine that? Stopping us from executing Quakers? Viva la revolución!