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2 American History Leaflets. Colonial and Constitutional 1 (1892-1910)

handle is hein.cow/hislea0002 and id is 1 raw text is: COLONIAL AND.CONSTITUTIONAL.
No. 19.
ACTS, 1645-1696.
This number contains the more important portions of the acts passed for
the regulation of British trade in the seventeenth century. The act of 7th
and 8th William III. substantially completed the system as far as the col-
onies were concerned, as the later navigation acts were devoted to the some-
what illusory attempt of perfecting the machinery to prevent evasions of
these acts. Besides these general Navigation Acts there were many acts
designed to regulate the colonial trade in some specific commodity. It is
hoped to give in a later number extracts from some of them.
These extracts are taken from Scobell's Ordinances, edition of 1658, and
from the Statutes of the Realm, printed in 181o-24 under the direction of
the Royal Record' Commission. The notes to these latter extracts show
the different readings of the several MSS. The letter 0 refers to the
original MS. from which the enrolled statute was prepared-the latter being
followed in the text of the work.
The acts of each session of Parliament are combined into one statute and
cited as the statute passed in a certain year of the reign of the monarch, each
act forming a chapter. In the case of Charles II., the years of his reign
were enumerated from the day of his father's death. In this way the First
Navagation Act, passed in 66o, stands on the statute book as the 12th
Charles II., chapter 18. As it was passed by a Parliament which had not

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