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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...Stirling, heir of the patentee of Nova Scotia, they presented to the King a memorial, in which they proposed to surrender to him their respective patents, on condition of having secured to them " one third part of all the customs, rents, fines, and other profits which should be made in the said province, or such other reasonable compensation in lieu thereof as his Majesty should see fit." There was another party, hostile to Massachusetts, whose aid in furthering theunfriendly designs of the court was of much more importance than any which could be contributed by the claimants of Eastern New England. The merchants and manufacturers of England were irritated by the evasion of the Navigation Laws which was said to be practised in the New England colonies, and especially in Massachusetts, whose commercial March 20. importance was now highly estimated. By those laws the exportation of various colonial staples was forbidden, except from the place of production to some English port; and in their import trade the colonists were restricted to a direct commerce with England, being forbidden to bring the products, not only of England, but of any European country, from any except English ports, or in any but English vessels. The evasion of these laws had been for several years a subject of discontent to the English merchants. A petition of a number of them was presented to the King, praying for a strict enforcement of the regulations. At what appears to have been their first meeting, the Lords of the Committee resolved to pray the King to send five commissioners to Massachusetts, to endeavor to arrange its affairs to the satisfaction of the court. " In case they the colonists should decline his Majesty's overtures, and appear...
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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123693718X
  • 9781236937186