. 7 & 8 Will. 3, c. 22, §6(2), set out as
copied it in text at note
below. The legislative history of this provision, while inconclusive, offers no affirmative
evidence that Parliament intended to establish warrants in the colonies. See Frese,
“Legislation on Writs of Assistance,” 38 Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns.
352–359. There were, however, several measures in the same Parliament which provided
general search powers in commercial situations like those in note 9
above. Frese, Writs of Assistance (dissertation) 117–125.