Monday, April 9, 2012

Boston Gazette & Country Journal, December 9th & 16th, 1765

“THE British Colonists have in divers instances been restrained in their attempts to erect manufactories, and forbidden to work up their own materials. Hats by a particular act are not to be exported from colony to colony, under enormous penalty of f 500 Sterling.?”

“IN the reign of King William III, an act passed which forbids wool and woolen, under any pretense, to be water born in the colonies, or in any way carried from colony to colony...but who will believe that in the same glorious reign, the following very extraordinary clause is to be found in an act of Parliament now in force, viz, 'That if any of the Governors in those plantations, or any other person or persons in authority there, shall refuse to yield obedience to this act such refusal is hereby declared to be a forfeiture of all and every the charters granted for the government and prosperity of such colony.'”

“THE second Charles, far from aiding or even protecting the colonists against their enemies, found means to restrain them in their trade and commerce. His parliament...obliged all the British Colonies to carry the chief of their produce, all indeed of any great value, to Britain. Soon after this, the colonies were prohibited from importing any commodities or manufactures of Europe, but from England...The enumerated commodities, which at this day can be exported from the Colonies only to Great Britain, are sugar, molasses, tobacco, ginger, cotton-wool, indigo, fustick, and all other dying wood, tar, pitch, turpentine, hemp, masts, yards, bowsprits, copper ore, beaver skins, and other furs, rice...”

Excerpts from the “Boston Gazette and Country Journal” of December 9th and 16th of the year 1765

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