The Townshend Acts was named after an official of the British Treasury, Charles Townshend. This law's purpose was to enforce the import duties, and help officers find illegal goods, by using the Writs of Assistance. This made them tax imported goods. Items that were taxed by this law were paper, tea, and glass. The colonists responded to this Act by boycotting, and not using British goods, which made Parliament repeal the Townshend acts. Parliament kept the tax on tea after repealing the Act.