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. A cocket was a document required for intercolonial shipment of goods, showing their
quantity and quality, shipper, consignee, and where and when duties had been paid.
4 Geo. 3, c. 15, §29 (1764); 5 Geo. 3, c. 45, §25 (1765). Auchmuty had ruled in Dawson
v. Lighter and Molasses (May 1768) that a cocket was not needed for shipments from
port to port within a colony, but the Commissioners had asked for a ruling from the
Treasury in London. The opinion of the attorney general upholding Auchmuty was not
given until 8 Sept. See sources cited in Dickerson, Navigation Acts
214–215; Oaks v. Dawson, SF
101809. As to Fisher, see note 7 above. John Mascarene had been appointed comptroller
of the port of Salem and Marblehead in Aug. 1764. See Quincy, Reports (Appendix)
434, 450–451. As to the Naval Officer, see No. 45, note 34
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