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(SOUTH SEA COMPANY.)

Collection of British Parliamentary Acts relating to the South Sea Company.

1711-1751 Stock Code: 97357
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A substantial collection of parliamentary acts relating to the formation, regulation, and eventual collapse of the South Sea Company, as well as the parliamentary repercussions against those responsible and attempts to ameliorate the effects. Such substantial collections of South Sea material are uncommon in commerce, and moreover some of the individual items are rare by any criteria, being present in only a few institutions or being absent from Sperling's bibliography of the South Sea Company.

Comprising:

i) An Act for making good deficiencies, and satisfying the publick debts; and for erecting a corporation to carry on a trade to the South-Seas; and for the encouragement of the fishery; and for liberty to trade in unwrought iron with the subjects of Spain; and to repeal the Acts for registring seamen. London: printed by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd; printers to the Queens most excellent Majesty, 1711. ESTC N52284 (15 institutions), Sperling 8. Minor paper fault to title page and printing fault to pp. 409/410.

ii) An Act for laying several duties upon all sope and paper made in Great Britain, or imported into the same; and upon chequered and striped linens imported; and upon certain silks, callicoes, linens, and stuffs printed, painted, or stained; and upon several kinds of stampt vellom, parchment, and paper; and upon certain printed papers, pamphlets, and advertisements, for raising the sum of eighteen hundred thousand pounds by way of a lottery towards Her Majesties supply; and for licensing an additional number of hackney chairs; and for charging certain stocks of cards and dice; and for better securing Her Majesties duties to arise in the office for the stamp-duties by licences for marriages and otherwise; and for relief of persons who have not claimed their lottery tickets in due time, or have lost Exchequer bills, or lottery tickets; and for borrowing money upon stock (part of the capital of the South-Sea Company) for the use of the publick. London: printed by John Baskett, printer to the Queens most excellent Majesty, and the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1712. ESTC N52383 (8 institutions); Sperling 26.

iii) An Act for continuing the trade to the South-Seas, granted by an Act of the last session of Parliament, although the capital stock of the said Corporation should be redeemed. London: printed by John Baskett, printer to the Queens most excellent Majesty, and the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1712. ESTC N53193 (8 institutions); Sperling 27.

iv) An Act for laying additional duties on sope, and paper, and upon certain linens, silks, callicoes, and stuffs, and upon starch, and exported coles, and upon stampt vellum, parchment, and paper, for raising one million four hundred thousand pounds, by way of a lottery, for Her Majesties supply; and for allowances on exporting made wares of leather, sheep-skins, and lamb-skins; and for distribution of four thousand pounds due to the officers and seamen for gun-money; and to adjust the property of tickets in former lotteries; and touching certain shares of stock in the capital of the South-Sea Company; and for appropriating the monies granted to Her Majesty. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1714. ESTC N53222 (5 institutions); Sperling 38.

v) An Act for enlarging the capital stock and yearly fund of the South-Sea Company, and for supplying thereby eight hundred twenty two thousand thirty two pounds, four shillings and eight pence, to publick uses; and for raising one hundred sixty nine thousand pounds for the like uses, by sale of annuities upon divers encouragements therein mentioned; and for appropriating several supplies granted to His Majesty. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1715. ESTC N53675 (8 institutions), Sperling 47.

vi) An Act for redeeming the duties and revenues which were settled to pay off principal and interest in the orders made forth on four lottery Acts passed in the ninth and tenth years of Her late Majesties reign; and for redeeming certain annuities payable on orders out of the hereditary excise, according to a former Act in that behalf; and for establishing a general yearly fund, not only for the future payment of annuities at several rates, to be payable and transferrable at the Bank of England, and redeemable by Parliament; but also to raise monies for such proprietors of the said orders as shall choose to be paid their principal and arrears of interest in ready money; and for making good such other deficiencies and payments as in this Act are mentioned; and for taking off the duties on linseed imported, and British linen exported. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1717. ESTC N52326 (9 institutions); Sperling 64.

vii) An Act for redeeming the yearly fund of the South-Sea Company (being after the rate of six pounds per centum per annum) and settling on the said Company a yearly fund after the rate of five pounds per centum per annum, redeemable by Parliament; and to raise for an annuit or annuities at five pounds per centum per annum, any sum, not exceeding two millions, to be imployed in lessening the national debts and incumbrances, and for making the said new yearly fund and annuities to be hereafter redeemable in the time and manner thereby prescribed. London : printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1717. ESTC N52331 (11 institutions); Sperling 65.

viii) An Act to enable His Majesty to be governor of the South-Sea Company. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1718. ESTC N53228 (7 institutions); Sperling 75.

ix) An Act for redeeming the fund appropriated for payment of the lottery tickets which were made forth for the service of the year one thousand seven hundred and ten, by a voluntary subscription of the proprietors into the capital stock of the South-Sea Company; and for raising a sum of money to pay off such debts and incumbrances as are therein mentioned; and for appropriating the supplies granted in this session of Parliament; and to limit times for prosecutions upon bonds for exporting cards and dice. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1719. ESTC N50539 (11 institutions); Sperling 86.

x) An Act for enabling the South-Sea Company to increase their present capital stock and fund, by redeeming such publick debts and incumbrances as are therein mentioned; and for raising money to be applied for lessening several of the publick debts and incumbrances; and for calling in the present Exchequer bills remaining uncancelled; and for making forth new bills in lieu thereof, to be circulated and exchanged upon demand at or near the Exchequer. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1720. ESTC N50559 (9 institutions); Sperling 158.

xi) An Act for making forth new Exchequer bills, not exceeding one million, at a certain interest; and for lending the same to the South-Sea Company at a higher interest, upon security of repaying the same and such high interest into the Exchequer for uses to which the fund for lessening the publick debts (called the sinking fund) is applicable; and for circulating and exchanging upon demand the said bills at or near the Exchequer. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1720. ESTC N50575 (9 institutions); Sperling 159.

xii) An Act for laying a duty upon wrought plate; and for applying money arising for the clear produce (by sale of the forfeited estates) towards answering His Majesties supply; and for taking off the drawbacks upon hops exported for Ireland; and for payment of annuities to b purchased after the rate of four pounds per centum per annum at the Exchequer, redeemable by Parliament; and for appropriating supplies granted in this session of Parliament; and to prevent counterfeiting receipts and warrants of the officers of the South-Sea Company; and for explaining a late Act concerning foreign salt cellar'd and lock'd up before the four and twentieth day of June, one thousand seven hundred and nineteen; and to give a further time for paying duties on certain apprentices indentures; and for relief of Thomas Vernon Esq; in relation to a parcel of senna imported in the year one thousand seven hundred and sixteen. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1720. ESTC N50577 (8 institutions); Sperling 160.

xiii) An Act for better securing certain powers and privileges intended to be granted by His Majesty by two charters for assurance of ships and merchandizes at sea, and for lending money upon bottomry; and for restraining several extravagant and unwarrantable practices therein mentioned. London : printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1720. ESTC N50588 (11 institutions); not in Sperling.

xiv) An Act for restraining the sub-governor, deputy-governor, directors, treasurer or cashire, deputy-cashire, and accountant of the South-Sea Company, from going out of this kingdom for the space of one year, and until the end of the then next session of Parliament; and for discovering their estates and effects, and for preventing the transporting or alienating the same. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1721. ESTC N50677 (5 institutions); Sperling 302. With a later H. M. Stationary Office stamp to title page.

xv) An Act to disable the present sub-governor, deputy-governor, and directors of the South-Sea Company, at, from, and after the respective times for electing a sub-governor, deputy-governor, and new directors of the said Company, to take, hold, or enjoy any office, place, or employment in the said Company, or in the East-India Company, or Bank of England, and from voting upon elections in the said Company. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1721. ESTC N50680 (10 institutions); Sperling 303.

xvi) An Act to enable the South-Sea Company to ingraft part of their capital stock and fund into the stock and fund of the Bank of England, and another part thereof into the stock and fund of the East-India Company; and for giving further time for payments to be made by the said South-Sea Company, to the use of the publick. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1721. ESTC N50683 (10 institutions); Sperling 304.

xvii) An Act for raising money upon the estates of the late sub-governor, deputy-governor, directors, cashire, deputy-cashire, and accountant of the South-Sea Company, and of John Aislabie, Esquire; and likewise of James Craggs senior, Esquire, deceased, towards making good th great loss and damage sustained by the said Company; and for disabling such of the said persons as are living, to hold any office or place of trust under the Crown, or to sit or vote in Parliament for the future; and for other purposes in the said Act expressed. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1721. ESTC N50719 (10 institutions); Sperling 305.

xviii) An Act for the Kings most gracious, general, and free pardon. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1721. ESTC N50721 (5 institutions); Sperling 306.

xix) An Act for making several provisions to restore the publick credit, which suffers by the frauds and mismanagements of the late directors of the South-Sea Company, and others. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1721. ESTC N50729 (14 institutions); Sperling 307.

xix) An abstract of all the acts passed in the sixth session of the fifth Parliament of Great Britain, and in the seventh year of the reign of... King George. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1721. ESTC T149263 (only 3 institutions listed); not in Sperling. This item in recent marbled wrappers, rather than disbound.

xx) An Act for paying off and cancelling one million of Exchequer bills, and to give ease to the South-Sea Company, in respect of its present obligation, to circulate or contribute towards circulating Exchequer bills; and to give further time to that Company for repayment of one million, which was lent to them; and for issuing a further sum in new Exchequer bills, towards His Majesties supply, to be discharged and cancelled, when the said Company shall repay the million owing by them; and that the Exchequer bills, which are to continue, may be circulated at easie and moderate rates; and for appropriating the supplies granted to His Majesty in this Session of Parliament; and for relief of the sufferers at Nevis and Saint Christophers, by an invasion of the French in the late War; and for laying a further duty on apples imported; and for ascertaining the duties on pictures imported. London: printed by John Baskett, printer to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1722. ESTC N50644 (10 institutions); Sperling 418.

xxi) An Act to enable the South-Sea Company to dispose of the effects in their hands by way of lottery and subscription, or to sell part of their fund or annuity payable at the Exchequer, in order to pay the debts of the said Company; and for relief of such who were intended to have the benefits of a late Act touching payment of ten per centum therein mentioned. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1722. ESTC N50645 (8 institutions); not in Sperling.

xxii) An Act to prevent the mischiefs by forging powers to transfer such stocks, or to receive such annuities or dividends as are therein mentioned, or by fraudulently personating the true owners thereof; and to rectifie mistakes of the late managers for taking subscriptions for increasing the capital stock of the South-Sea Company, and in the instruments founded thereupon. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1722. ESTC N50646 (10 institutions); Sperling 419.

xxiii) Act Act sic for prolonging the times for hearing and determining claims before the trustees, in whom the estates of the late South-Sea directors, and of John Aislabie Esq; and likewise of James Craggs Esq; deceased, are vested; and for other purposes therein mentioned. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1722. ESTC N50647 (7 institutions); Sperling 420.

xxiv) An act for reviving and adding two millions to the capital stock of the South-Sea Company, and for reviving a proportional part of the yearly fund payable at the Exchequer, and for dividing their whole capital (after such division made) into two equal parts or moieties, and for converting one of the said moieties into certain annuities for the benefit of the members, and for settling the remaining moiety in the said Company; and for continuing, for one year longer, the provision formerly made against requiring special bail in actions or suits upon such contracts, as are therein mentioned. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1723. ESTC N50248 (7 institutions); Sperling 446.

xxv) An act for further enlarging the times for entring, hearing, and determining claims on the estates vested in the trustees of the South-Sea Company, and for obliging persons to claim stock by the time therein mentioned for money subscriptions, and for other the purposes therein mentioned. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1723. ESTC
N50278 (7 institutions); Sperling 447.

xxvi) An Act for enlarging the times for hearing and determining clains by the trustees for raising money upon the estates of the late directors of the South-Sea Company, and others; and for reviving and continuing the provision formerly made against requiring special bail in actions or suits upon contracts for stock or subscriptions, between the first day of December, one thousand seven hundred and nineteen, and the first day of December, one thousand seven hundred and twenty; and for other purposes therein mentioned. London: printed by John Baskett, and by the assigns of Henry Hills, deceas'd, 1724. ESTC N50507 (9 institutions); Sperling 450.

xxvii) An Act for better securing the monies and effects of the suitors of the Court of Chancery; and to prevent the counterfeiting of East-India bonds, and indorsements thereon; as likewise indorsements on South-Sea bonds. London: printed by John Baskett; and Thomas Norris, assignee to George Hills, 1726. ESTC N50426 (8 institutions); Sperling 462.

xxviii) An Act to enable the South Sea Company, with the licence and consent of the East India Company, to take in Negroes within their limits of trade, and to deliver the same at Buenos Ayres. London: printed by John Baskett; and Thomas Norris, assignee to George Hills, 1727. ESTC N50315 (9 institutions); Sperling 469.

xxix) An Act for enlarging the times for hearing and determining claims by the trustees for raising money upon the estates of the late directors of the South Sea Company, and others; and for relief of the creditors of Robert Knight Esq; late cashire sic to the said Company, and for relief of persons who have entered claims for contingent debts and incumbrances; and for giving time to Ralph Gulston, and other creditors of Edward Gibbon Esq; to enter claims before the said trustees, for a debt specified in the inventory of the said Edward Gibbon; and for impowering the trustees to dismiss claims for want of prosecution; and for applying the produce of the said estates for the benefit of the South Sea Company. London: printed by John Baskett; and Thomas Norris, assignee to George Hills, 1727. ESTC N50333 (8 institutions); Sperling 470.

xxx). An Act to discharge the trustees appointed (by an Act of the seventh year of His late Majesty's reign, for raising money upon the estates of the late directors of the South Sea Company, and others) of their trust, and to vest in the said Company such of the estates, which were vested in the said trustees, as remain undisposed of, as also the produce of such estates and effects, as have been disposed of by the trustees. London: printed by the assigns of His Majesty's printer, and of Henry Hills deceas'd, 1729. ESTC N50912 (7 institutions); Sperling 28.

xxxi) An Act for the converting a further part of the capital stock of the South Sea Company into annuities redeemable by Parliament, and for settling the remaining part of the said stock in the said Company.
London: printed by John Baskett, 1733. ESTC N51252 (4 institutions); Sperling 530.

xxxii) An Act for reducing the interest upon the capital stock of the South Sea Company, from the time, and upon the terms, therein mentioned; and for preventing of frauds committed by the officers and servants of the said Company. London: printed by Thomas Baskett; and by the assigns of Robert Baskett, 1751. ESTC N52441 (6 institutions); Sperling 613.

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Together 32 acts, folio, extracted from previous bound volumes retaining backstrips, one act recently rebound in marbled wrappers. Housed in a black flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.

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Some light browning (more substantial to a few items), sporadic foxing, occasional very minor chipping at extremities, some leaves loosening from stitching but all still holding. Overall in very good condition.

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