The pistole fee dispute of 1753–1754 was a political battle between theand Virginia lieutenant governor over Dinwiddie’s decision to charge a fee of one pistole (approximately 18 shillings) for each land patent to which he attached the colony’s seal. Though royal policy gave colonial governors the right to establish officers’ fees with the consent of the , the practice was not enforced in , where fees were usually determined by the General Assembly. The controversy over the pistole fee was so heated that Dinwiddie and the House of Burgesses sent representatives to London to argue their cases before the Privy Council. The Privy Council upheld the fee and Dinwiddie’s right to establish it, but imposed certain restrictions on the fee to conciliate the House of Burgesses—a compromise that was accepted by the opposing parties but did not address the constitutional issue of whether colonial legislatures had the right to defeat local taxes proposed by the British government. The questions that were raised by opponents of the fee (including and ) regarding British authority and the rights of Virginians would resurface in 1765 with the passage of the Stamp Act.