Part of a copy of a letter, possibly a circular letter, dated at Whitehall, 9 Jul 1763, from the Secretary of State for the Southern Department to the Governor of an unidentified American colony, containing orders to execute the measures of the 'Act for the further improvement of his Majesty's Revenue of Customs and for the encouragement of officers making seizures and for the prevention of clandestine running of goods into any part of his Majesty's dominions' (3 Geo.III c.22). The writer enclosed copies - all wanting - of the act, of an order in council, and of a list of the ships stationed in America.
Letter relating to American customs duties
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- ReferenceGB 96 MS 738
- Dates of Creation1763
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 leaves
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
In 1764, the British government introduced various financial Acts into the American colonies, prompted by a need for greater revenue to support the growing empire. These acts forbade the importation of foreign rum; put a modest duty on molasses from all sources; and levied duties on wines, silks, coffee, and a number of other luxury items. To enforce them, customs officials were ordered to show more energy and strictness. British warships in American waters were instructed to seize smugglers, and "writs of assistance" (blanket warrants) authorized the King's officers to search suspected premises.
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Bought from E. Hall in 1967. Formerly with MS.712.
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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
12" x 7¼". Most of the bottom three inches of the document is wanting.
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLp AIm25 Project.
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