Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Hat Act of 1732

“Whereas...considerable quantities of hats manufactured in this kingdom have heretofore been exported to his Majesty's plantations or colonies in America, who have been wholly supplied with hats from Great Britain; and whereas great quantities of hats have of late years been made, and said manufacture in daily increasing to the British plantations in America, and is from thence exported to foreign markets, which were heretofore supplied from Great it enacted by the king's most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in this present Parliament hats or felts whatsoever, dyed or undyed, finished or unfinished, shall be shipt, loaden, or put on board any ship or vessel in any place or parts within any of the British the intent and purpose to be exported, transported, shipped off, carried, or conveyed out of any of the said British plantations to any other of the British plantations, or to any other place whatsoever...” 

George II, June 1, 1732


Wanderer said...

Hello! I was wondering where you got this letter? I am writing an academic paper on the subject and would love to find where the original source is!

Wanderer said...

Thank you!!!