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From the Supplement to the Pennsylvania Journal, June 29

All the Printers of News Papers in the British Colonies,
are requested to publish the following Act of Parliament;
which it is said, will be passed the End of the present Ses-
sion, or Beginning of the next.

"An Act for the more effectual keeping of his Majesty's
American Colonies dependent on the Crown of Great-
Britain, and to enforce their Obedience to all such Acts
of Parliament as may be necessary for that Purpose."

WHEREAS it is found by experience that Colonies
which are planted by Governments, or otherwise
dependent on them do at some time or other, form themselves
into unwarrantable and rebellious Associations, and by their
perseverance therein, entirely throw off their dependence
and subjection to such Parent State: And whereas the
British Plantations, in America have of late, discovered
a disposition to follow the same steps and, in all likelihood,
will if not speedily prevented, form themselves into a se-
parate and independent Government, to the great detri-
ment of the other parts of the British Empire, to the disho-
nour of his Majesty, and to the prejudice of the trade of this
Kingdom in particular:
And whereas the great EN-
CREASE of People, in said Colonies, has an immediate
tendency to produce this effect -- To the end therefore that
such evil designs may not be carried into execution, and
that the said Colonies and Plantations may be, at all times
hereafter, kept in due subordination to the authority of the
British Parliament. Be it enacted by the King's most excel-
lent Majesty, by, and with the advice and consent of the
Lords spiritual and temporal, and Commmons in this pre-
sent Parliament assembled, and by authority of the same.

1. That no person whatever who shall, from and af-
ter the passing of this Act, transport him or herself, from
the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland, or the I-
slands thereunto belonging, to any of his Majesty's
Plantations in America, with intent to settle and dwell
therein for any longer time than the space of seven years,
shall presume to depart from the said Kingdoms, until he
or she, so transporting him or herself, shall pay, at the
Custom House of the Port, from which such vessel shall
take out her clearance, the sum of Fifty Pounds, ster-
ling money of Great-Britain: And be it further enact-
ed that for every child, or servant, which shall be so
transported by the parent, or master, the like sum of Fif-
ty Pounds shall be paid in manner aforesaid. -- And be
it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that if any
person shall transport him, or herself, or procure them-
selves to be transported, contrary to this Act, every per-
son, so offending. shall be adjudged guilty of felony
without benefit of clergy -- and that the Captain of the
vessel, in which such person shall be so transported, con-
trary to this Act, shall forfeit and pay, for any such per-
son, the sum of (POUND SYMBOL) 500 sterling money aforesaid.

2. And be it further enacted by the authority afore-
said, that if any person, who shall transport him or her-
self, from the Kingdoms aforesaid, to any of his Ma-
jesty's Plantations, in America, with intent to stay and
dwell therein, for any space of time less than seven years,
shall nevertheless stay, dwell, and abide therein, beyond
the said space of seven years, such person so staying,
dwelling, and abiding, in any of his Majesty's Plantati-
ons, in America, shall be adjudged guilty of felony with-
out benefit of clergy.

3. Provided always, and be it further enacted, that
nothing in this Act shall extend, or be construed to extend
to his Majesty's Governors of the said Plantations, or to
any other person, or persons, in the actual service and em-
ploy of his Majesty, as aforesaid.

4. And be it further enacted by the authority afore-
said, that all Marriages in his Majesty's said Plantations
shall be performed in consequence of a Licence from the
Governor where such Marriage shall be celebrated, for
which Licence the sum of Twenty Pounds shall be paid,
and no more, and that all Marriages had without such
Licence, shall be void in law to all intent and purpose
whatever.

5. And be it further enacted, that on the birth of
every male child, the sum of Fifteen Pounds, and on
the birth of every female child, the sum of Ten Pounds
sterling money shall be paid to the Governor of the Co-
lony or plantation in which such children shall be born.

6. And be it further enacted by the authority afore-
said, that on the birth of every bastard child in any
of his Majesty's said Plantations, the sum of Fifty Pounds
sterling money shall be paid by the Mother of such bas-
tard child, to the Governor where such bastard child shall
happen to be born, and that in case any person, shall here-
after either with malice prepense, or otherwise kill or
destroy any child or children; such killing or destroying
shall not henceforth be deemed or adjudged to be murder
in any Court or Courts, nor shall such killing be punish-
ed in any way or manner whatever.

7. Provided always and it is hereby further enacted,
that nothing in this Act shall extend to make such kil-
ling legal, or justifiable, if the child, so killed or destroyed,
be above the age of twelve months, but that every such
killing and destroying shall be punished as hertofore, any
thing in this Act to the contrary in any wise notwith-
standing.

8. And be it further enacted by the authority afore-
said, that from and after     Day    
    in the year     upon the exportation of
each and every barrel of FLOUR from any of his Maje-
sty's said Plantations to any port or place beyond sea, a
duty of Five Shillings sterling shall be paid to the Cus-
tom-House of the respective Colony, from which such
FLOUR shall be so shipped or exported.

9. And be it further enacted, that on the exportation
of any WHEAT from his Majesty's said Plantations to
any port or place beyond the sea, a duty of Two Shillings
sterling per bushel shall be paid as aforesaid, for every
quantity which shall be so shipped or exported. And
that if any person, shall export any wheat or flour con-
trary to the directions of this Act, all such wheat or flour
together with the ship in which it is exported as aforesaid,
shall be seized and forfeited to the use of his Majesty,
and condemned in any of his Majesty's Courts of Admi-
ralty where such vessel shall happen to be seized as afore-
said.

10. Provided always, and be it further enacted, that
if any such flour or wheat, whcih shall be exported from
any of his Majesty's said Plantations, and carried to any
port of Great-Britain, with design to reship the same to
any other port or place beyond the sea, there shall be al-
lowed upon every barrel of flour so reshipped, a bounty of
Two Shillings and Six Pence sterling, and for every bushel
of wheat, a bounty of One Shilling sterling.

11. And be it further enacted by the authority afore-
said, that the duties imposed by this Act, shall be applied
towards RAISING A REVENUE the better to ENABLE
his MAJESTY to BUILD FORTS and to GARRISON the
same, and to support and maintain such a REGULAR and
STANDING ARMY in the said PLANTATIONS, as shall
be sufficient to enforce the EXECUTION of all such Acts
of the BRITISH PARLIAMENT, as are already passed, or
may hereafter be passed, relative to the said AMERICAN
COLONIES.