American Commercial Legislation Before 1789

American Commercial Legislation Before 1789

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...from one colony rather than from a neighboring colony. The inspectors were under oath to perform the duties prescribed in the acts, and at times were prohibited from buying the commodities inspected by them. Their compensation was upon the fee system, which was specifically regulated by law. Finally, they were appointed by the Governor and council, justices, and infrequently mentioned in the act itself, yet in the New England colonies it was usual to provide for their election in the towns wherever their services would be required.91 EMBARGOES. Purpose and Extent of Embargoes. The direction of commerce by means of inspection laws was but one step removed from the absolute prohibition of the export or even the import of commodities. The embargo legislation of the colonies was regulated by a policy of expediency. Scarcity, protection to home industries and wars were the prime factors which influenced the embargo legislation. Many of the earlier embargoes were imposed to prevent the exportation of provisions. They were uniformly imposed for a short period--usually about three months--i Bruce, Econ. History of Vir., I, 308; Weeden, Social and Economic History of N. Eng., II, 597, 598; Mereness, Maryland, 109, 114-118, 394; Hutchinson, History of Mass. Bay, II, 400, 401; Belknap, History of N. H., Ill, 214; Archives of Md., Proceedings of Assembly, 1684-1692, 552, 553; Pa. Archives, 4th series, I, 475, 674; and the acts providing for inspection. and were intended to tide the colony over to the next season.92 Even then, occasional objections are heard against these embargoes.93 The crude state of agriculture during the early colonial period, and the lack of efficient means of transportation, made essential the imposition of embargoes more

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