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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1769-1770
Volume 62, Page 459   View pdf image (33K)
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Appendix. 459

gality, Oeconomy, and Industry; and considering also, that Measures
of this Nature are more particularly necessary at this Time, as the
Parliament of Great-Britain, by imposing Taxes upon many Articles
imported hither from thence, and from other Parts beyond Sea, have
left it less in our Power, than in Time past, to purchase and pay for
the Manufactures of the Mother-Country; which Taxes, especially
those imposed by a late Act of Parliament, laying Duties on Tea,
Paper, Glass, &c. we are clearly convinced have been imposed con-
trary to the Spirit of our Constitution, and have a direct and manifest
Tendency to deprive us, in the End, of all political Freedom, and
reduce us to a State of Dependence, inconsistent with that Liberty we
have rightfully enjoyed under the Government of his present most
Sacred Majesty, (to whom we owe, acknowledge, and will always
joyfully pay all due Obedience, and Allegiance) and of his royal
Predecessors, ever since the first Settlement of the Province, until
of very late Time; have thought it necessary to unite, as nearly as
our Circumstances will admit, with our Sister Colonies, in Resolu-
tions for the Purpose aforesaid; and therefore, do hereby agree, and
bind ourselves to, and with each other, by all the Ties and Obliga-
tions of Honour and Reputation, that we will strictly and faithfully
observe, and conform to the following Resolutions:

First, that we will not, at any Time hereafter, directly, or in-
directly, import, or cause to be imported, any Manner of Goods,
Merchandize, or Manufactures, which are, or shall hereafter be taxed
by Act of Parliament, for the Purpose of raising a Revenue in
America, (except Paper not exceeding Six Shillings per Ream, and
except such Articles only, as Orders have been already sent for)
but, that we will always consider such Taxation, in every Respect,
as an absolute Prohibition to the Articles that are, or may be taxed.

Secondly, That we will not hereafter, directly, or indirectly, during
the Continuance of the aforesaid Act of Parliament, import, or cause
to be imported, from Great-Britain, or any other Part of Europe,
(except such Articles of the Produce, or Manufacture of Ireland,
as may be immediately, and legally brought from thence, and also,
except all such Goods as Orders have been already sent for) any of
the Goods hereinafter enumerated, to wit. Horses, Spirits, Wine,
Cyder, Perry, Beer, Ale, Malt, Barley, Pease, Beef, Pork, Fish,
Butter, Cheese, Tallow, Candles, Oil, except Salad-Oil, Fruit, Pickles,
Confectionary, British refined Sugar, Mustard, Coffee, Pewter, Tin-
Ware of all Kinds, whether plain, or painted, Waiters, and all Kind
of Japan-Ware, wrought Copper, wrought and cast Brass, and Bell-
Metal, Watches, Clocks, Plate, and all other Gold and Silversmiths
Work, Trinkets, and Jewellery of all Kinds, Gold and Silver Lace,
Joiners and Cabinet Work of all Sorts, Looking-Glasses, Upholstery
of all Kinds, Carriages of all Kinds, Ribbons and Millinery of all
Kinds, (except Wig-Ribbon) Lace, Cambrick, Lawn, Muslin, Kent-


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