. An undated MS
copy of the relevant portion of this section in JA
's hand reads:
“And for the better executing the several Acts of Parliament relating to the Plantation
Trade, be it enacted, that the Ld. Treasurer, Commissioners of the Treasury, and the
Commissioners of the Customs in England for the Time being, shall and may constitute
and appoint such and so many officers of the Customs in any City, Town, River, Port,
Harbour, or Creek, of or belonging to any of the Islands Tracts of Land and Properties,
when and as often as to them shall seem needfull.” Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 185.
This statute, passed in 1696, consolidated and defined the authority of the colonial
customs service, gave its officers the powers and duties of their English counterparts,
and facilitated placing them upon the English establishment. See Barrow, Colonial Customs
118–130, 133–136; 4 Andrews, Colonial Period
163–165, 213–215; No. 44
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016.