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(AMERICAN REVOLUTION.)

Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.

London, Printed by Charles Eyre and William Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty, [1770-1807] Stock Code: 130669
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A remarkable collection of British Acts of Parliament relating to trade with the American colonies and subsequently with the fledgling republic. The collection documents the role of parliament in instigating the American Revolution through mercantilist policies, its continued assertion of its sovereignty during the War of Independence, and the ongoing quarrels in the aftermath of the war, which in turn would have a role in provoking the War of 1812. All are first printings, printed in black letter, and extracted from the Sessional Volumes; the subsequent American printings followed these first UK printings. Acts printed prior to 1796 are scarce, since the maximum number printed was only around 1,100 copies (see the Report of the Committee for the Promulgation of the Statutes, 1796).

The tracts comprise:

i) (1770) An Act for continuing so much of an Act made in the Third Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to continue and amend Two Acts... for encouraging the making of Indigo in the British Plantations in America... and for explaining so much of an Act made in the Fifth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, as relates to the regulating the Fees of the Officers of the Customs in America...

ii) (1771) An Act to amend an Act made in the Last Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for extending like liberty in the Exportation of Rice from East and West Florida...

iii) (1771) An Act to explain an Act made in the Eighth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the First, intituled, An Act giving further Encouragement for the Importation of Naval Stores... so far as relates to the Importation of unmanufactured Wood of the Growth and Product of America...

iv) (1771) An Act for granting a Bounty upon the Importation of White Oak Staves, and Heading, from the British Colonies or Plantations in America.

v) (1772) An Act to continue for a further Time an Act made in the Eighth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to continue and amend an Act made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His Present Majesty, intituled, An Act for Importation of Salted Beef... from Ireland... and for allowing the Importation... from the British Dominions in America...

vi) (1772) An Act for allowing the free Importation of Rice into this Kingdom, from any of His Majesty's Colonies in America, for a limited Time.

vii) (1773) An Act for allowing the Importation of Wheat... from His Majesty's Colonies in America, into this Kingdom, for a limited Time, free of Duty.

viii) (1773) An Act to continue for a further Time, an Act made in the Eighth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to continue and amend an Act, made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act for Importation of Salted Beef... from Ireland... and for allowing the Importation of Salted Beef... from the British Dominions in America...

ix) (1773) An Act for allowing the free Importation of Rice into this Kingdom, from any of His Majesty's Colonies in America...

x) (1774) An Act to continue for a further Time an Act, made in the Eighth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to continue and amend an Act, made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act for Importation of Salted Beef.... from Ireland, for a limited Time, and for allowing the Importation of Salted Beef... from the British Dominions in America....

xi) (1774) An Act to continue the several Laws therein mentioned, for granting Liberty to carry Rice from His Majesty's Provinces of Carolina and Georgia, in America...

xii) (1775) An Act to repeal so much of an Act, made in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act to prevent the Exportation to Foreign Parts of Utensils made use of in the Cotton, Linen, Woollen, and Silk Manufactures... intended to be exported to any of His Majesty's Colonies or Plantations in America.

xiii) (1775) An Act to continue for a further Time an Act, made in the Eighth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to continue and amend an Act, made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act for importation of Salted Beef... from Ireland, for a limited Time, and for allowing the Importation of Salted Beef... from the British Dominions in America...

xiv) (1778) An Act to permit the Exportation of certain Goods, directly from Ireland, into any British Plantation in America...

xv) (1779) An Act to continue several Laws relating to the giving further Encouragement for the Importation of Naval Stores from the British colonies in America, to the landing of Rum or Spirits of the British Sugar Plantations before payment of the Duties of Excise... to the regulating the Fees of Officers of the customs and Naval Officers in America; to the allowing the Exportation of certain Quantities of Wheat, and other articles, to His Majesty's Sugar colonies in America...

xvi) (1779) An Act for discontinuing the Duties on Cotton wool, the Growth and product of the British Colonies or Plantations in America, exported from this Kingdom.

xvii) (1780) An Act to amend an Act, made in the Eighteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act to explain and amend so much of an Act, made in the Fourth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, as relates to the preventing the clandestine Conveyance of Sugar and Paneles from the British Colonies and Plantations in America into Great Britain.

xviii) (1783) An Act to continue, for a limited Time, an Act made in the last Session of Parliament, intituled, an Act for preventing certain Instruments from being required from Ships belonging to the United States of America...

xix) (1783) An Act for preventing certain Instruments from being required from Ships belonging to the United States of America; and to give to His Majesty, for a limited Time, certain Powers for the better carrying on Trade and Commerce...

xx) (1783) An Act for appointing Commissioners to enquire into the Losses and Services of all such Persons who have suffered... during the late unhappy Dissentions in America, in Consequence of their Loyalty to His Majesty, and Attachment to the British Government.

xxi) (1784) An Act for further continuing, for a limited Time, an Act made in the Twenty-third Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act for preventing certain Instruments from being required from Ships belonging to the United States of America...

xxii) (1784) An Act for further continuing, for a limited Time, an Act made in the Twenty-third Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act for preventing certain Instruments from being required from Ships belonging to the United States of America...

xxiii) (1784) An Act for further continuing, for a limited Time, an Act made in the last Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for preventing certain Instruments from being required from Ships belonging to the United States of America...

xxiv) (1785) An Act for appointing Commissioners further to enquire into the Losses and Services of all such Persons who have suffered... during the late unhappy Dissentions in America, in Consequence of their Loyalty to His Majesty, and Attachment to the British Government.

xxv) (1786) An Act for appointing Commissioners further to enquire into the Losses and Services of all such Persons who have suffered... during the late unhappy Dissentions in America, in Consequence of their Loyalty to His Majesty, and Attachment to the British Government.

xxvi) (1787) An Act to continue several Laws, relating to the free Importation of certain Raw Hides and Skins from Ireland and the British Plantations in America; to the allowing the Exportation of certain Quantities of Wheat and other Articles to His Majesty's Sugar Colonies in America...

xxvii) (1787) An Act for appointing Commissioners further to enquire into the Losses and Services of all such Persons who have suffered... during the late unhappy Dissentions in America, in Consequence of their Loyalty to His Majesty, and Attachment to the British Government.

xxviii) (1788) An Act to continue the Laws now in Force for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's Dominions and the Inhabitants of the Territories belonging to the United States of America...

xxix) (1788) An Act for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in North America, and in the West India Islands, and the Countries belonging to the United States of America...

xxx) (1788) An Act for giving Relief to such Persons as have suffered in their Rights and Properties, during the late unhappy Dissentions in America... and for making Compensation to such Persons... in consequence of the Cession of the Province of East Florida to the King of Spain.

xxxi) (1788) An Act for appointing Commissioners further to enquire into the Losses and Services of all such Persons who have suffered... during the late unhappy Dissentions in America, in Consequence of their Loyalty to His Majesty, and Attachment to the British Government.

xxxii) (1789) An Act to continue the Laws now in Force for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's Dominions and the Inhabitants of the Territories belonging to the United States of America...

xxxiii) (1789) An Act to enable His Majesty to authorize, in case of Necessity, the Importation of Bread, Flour, Indian Corn, and Live Stock, from any of the Territories belonging to the United States of America, into the Province of Quebec...

xxxiv) (1789) An Act for explaining and amending an Act, passed in the last Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's colonies and Plantations in North America, and in the West India Islands, and the Countries belonging to the United States of America...

xxxv) (1790) An Act to amend Two Acts, made in the Twenty-eighth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty; the One intituled, an Act for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in North America, and in the West India Islands... and the other intituled, An Act to allow the Importation of Rum, or other Spirits, from His Majesty's Colonies or Plantations in the West Indies, into the Province of Quebec...

xxxvi) (1790) An Act for laying a Duty on the Importation, from any of the Provinces in North America, of Rape Seed...

xxxvii) (1791) An Act to continue the Laws now in Force for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's Dominions and the Inhabitants of the Territories belonging to the United States of America...

xxxviii) (1792) An Act to continue the Laws now in Force for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's Dominions and the Inhabitants of the Territories belonging to the United States of America...

xxxix) (1793) An Act to amend an Act, passed in the Twenty-seventh year of His present Majesty's Reign, for allowing the Importation and Exportation of certain Goods, Wares, and Merchandize, in Foreign Ships, into and from certain Ports and Places in the West Indies... and so much of the said Act, made in the Twenty-eighth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, as prohibits the Importation of Pitch, Tar, and Turpentine into Nova Scotia or New Brunswick from any Country belonging to the Untied States of America.

xl) (1794) An Act to continue the Laws now in Force for regulating the Trade between the Subjects of His Majesty's Dominions and the Inhabitants of the Territories belonging to the United States of America...

xli) (1799) An Act to permit Goods the Produce of any Foreign Colony in America, imported directly from thence in any Ship or Vessel belonging to the Subjects of any Country or Place in Amity with His Majesty, to be entered and landed without Payment of the Duty granted by an Act of the last Session of Parliament, for the better Protection of the Trade of this Kingdom.

xlii) (1800) An Act to permit the Importation of Goods and Commodities from Countries in America, belonging to any Foreign European Sovereign or State, in neutral Ships, until the Twenty-ninth Day of September One thousand eight hundred and one.

xliii) (1801) An Act for increasing the Bounties granted by an Act of the last Session of Parliament, on Flour imported from America, in Ships, which shall have cleared out between certain Periods.

xliv) (1801) An Act to facilitate the Trade and Intercourse between Ireland and the United States of America, during the Continuance of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation between His Majesty and the said States.

xlv) (1802) An Act to empower His Majesty to cause certain countervailing Duties, granted by an Act of the Thirty-seventh Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act for carrying into Execution the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, concluded between His Majesty and the United States of America, to cease, or be suspended until the Twenty-fifth Day of March One thousand eight hundred and three, under certain Circumstances.

xlvi) (1803) An Act for appointing Commissioners for distributing the Money stipulated to be paid by the United States of America, under the Convention made between His Majesty and the said United States, among the Persons having Claims to Compensations out of such Money.

xlvii) (1803) An Act for the removing of Doubts respecting the Validity of Assignments made or to be made pursuant to the Awards of the Commissioners acting under the Seventh Article of the Treaty with the United States of America....

xlviii) (1805) An Act to continue, until the First Day of June One thousand eight hundred and six, and amend an Act, passed in the Thirty-seventh Year of His present Majesty's Reign, for carrying into Execution the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, between His Majesty and the United States of America.

xlix) (1806) An Act to continue until the First Day of June One thousand eight hundred and seven, and amend an Act passed in the Thirty-seventh Year of His present Majesty, for carrying into Execution the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, between His Majesty, and the United States of America.

l) (1807) An Act to indemnify Persons who have advised or acted under an Order of Council for making Regulations with respect to the Navigation and Commerce between His Majesty's Subjects and the Subjects of the United States of America.

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Description

50 volumes, folio. Each disbound in protective plastic sleeve; all housed in a custom quarter red morocco folding box, spine lettered in gilt, red cloth sides.

Condition

Earlier sew-holes visible, a bit of light browning and slight chipping and fraying around extremities, yet overall in very good condition.

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