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Act for imposing a duty on the importation of slaves into Massachusetts (draft), [20 March?] 1767

Act for imposing a duty on the importation of slaves into Massachusetts (draft), [20 March?] 1767

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  • This is a draft of a bill to impose a duty on the importation of slaves into Massachusetts, an attempt to curtail or eliminate the slave trade.  The Massachusetts legislature voted on the bill between 17-20 March 1767.  If approved, the bill was to have taken effect from April 1767 to April 1768, but it was "unanimously non-concurred."   It is signed by Thomas Cushing (1725-1788), the speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  This bill is very similar to another manuscript draft act.  (See the online presentation of the draft act, [April 1767]).


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