The Charter Granted by their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the Inhabitants of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. [Bound with:] Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England. [Same imprint for both titles].

By: MASSACHUSETTS.

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Binding/Condition: Bound full split leather, sometime rebacked with original spine strip laid over, rubbed & scuffed, worn through leather at corners, corners bumped, lacking free endpapers, flyleaves appear to be from a different book, 8 cm diameter damp stain on rear free endpaper, light to medium foxing with a some pages having heavier foxing. The first few page and including the table have small tears (1 cm or less) in the bottom edge of the pages. The four leaves comprising pages 15-20 of the table have four vertical tears in the bottom edge of 2cm, 4cm, 7cm, & 13cm. Page 14 of “The Table” has at rectangular stain 3.5 x 13cm over the top left half of the first column of print. See photo.<br> Collation: title leaf, 3 unsigned leaves, B-C2; A-F2, title leaf, A2-4, B-T4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ccc4, Ddd2, Eee1. V2 mis-signed T2, Dd2 mis-signed Cc2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, 1-14; Charter; [1]-24 Table, (1) title, (1) printer, 1-396pp.<br>Evans #8400 & 8399 bound together with the 24pp “Table being part of #8399.


This volume is a running compilation of the acts and laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1692 through 1761. It is organized chronologically, beginning with the 1692 charter granted by “William and Mary..... King & Queen of England, Scotland, France and Ireland.” It starts with “An Act for building with Stone or Brick in Town of Boston, and preventing Fire.” Includes all the usual laws relating to criminal offenders, townships & officers, marriages, etc. Placement of nuisances such as slaughter houses, stills, etc. proscribed. Also the use of leaden pipes were prohibited in distilling of Rum and other strong liquors “on good ground to be unwholsome and hurtful.” There are 3 different laws relating to “Negroes.” The first required a security of not less than 50 pounds before freeing “Molatto or Negro Slaves.” The second prohibited fornication as well as marriage between “Molatto or Negros” and “English or any others of a Christian Nation.” The penalty for the negroes was to be severely wipped, sold, and sent out of the state. The penalty for a white woman was also to be “severely wipped and enjoyned to maintain the child (if there be any) at her own Charge.” An “English man” was to be severely whipped and pay a fine of five pounds, and maintain the child. The same law provided for tariffs to be collected on the importation of slaves. The third law required all free Negroes to perform common works (repairing High-ways, cleaning streets) the same as other free citizens. In 1750 there was “An Act to regulate the Importation of Germans and other Passengers coming to settle in this Province”--having to do primarily with conditions on the ships importing them. There are many laws concerning the colony’s fisheries, including a season on Mackrel (not to be caught before the 1st of July); Allewives not to be obstructed spawning by dams & weirs. Also four different laws “for encouraging the killing of Wolves.” There are several acts relating to the building and maintaining of lighthouses. There is “An Act for laying sundry Duties on such Goods as shall be imported in this Province, from the Province of New-Hampshire...” A law against dueling in which if one party is killed, the victor is put to death and “shall not be allowed Christian Burial, but be buried without a Coffin with a Stake driven through the Body, at or near the place of Execution...” There are numerous laws dealing with taxes & duties, including a tax on breads baked for sale--which could only be of three varieties” white, wheat or household bread. Among the many laws relating to the Indians are these: “Selling their Lands without Licence to be void, saving Lands purchas’d of Indians at Nantucket, Martha’s Vinegards, & eastward of Piscataway.” Also “Lands not liable to pay their Debts;” “Such as are Servants not be Abroad after nine o’Clock at Night;” “Not to be put out as an apprenctice but by the allowance of two Justices;” “ Strong Drink found with them to be seized.” “Commissioners to be appointed who are to have the Care of them;” etc.

Title: The Charter Granted by their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the Inhabitants of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. [Bound with:] Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England. [Same imprint for both titles].

Author: MASSACHUSETTS.

Illustrator: Royal seal of George II printed on title of the Acts and Laws and at top of p. of the same; also printed at the top of pp. 351 & 359. Decorative rope design headings at head of “Table,” verso of “Acts” title. Two line bold initials. Bold black letter u

Categories: 18th Century Books, Americana, American Church History, Bindings-Leather, Congregationalism, Theology,,

Publisher: Boston, in New-England:, Printed by S. Kneeland, by Order of His Excellency the Governor, Council and House of Representatives.: M,D,CC,LIX. [1759]

Binding/Condition: Bound full split leather, sometime rebacked with original spine strip laid over, rubbed & scuffed, worn through leather at corners, corners bumped, lacking free endpapers, flyleaves appear to be from a different book, 8 cm diameter damp stain on rear free endpaper, light to medium foxing with a some pages having heavier foxing. The first few page and including the table have small tears (1 cm or less) in the bottom edge of the pages. The four leaves comprising pages 15-20 of the table have four vertical tears in the bottom edge of 2cm, 4cm, 7cm, & 13cm. Page 14 of “The Table” has at rectangular stain 3.5 x 13cm over the top left half of the first column of print. See photo.
Collation: title leaf, 3 unsigned leaves, B-C2; A-F2, title leaf, A2-4, B-T4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ccc4, Ddd2, Eee1. V2 mis-signed T2, Dd2 mis-signed Cc2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, 1-14; Charter; [1]-24 Table, (1) title, (1) printer, 1-396pp.
Evans #8400 & 8399 bound together with the 24pp “Table being part of #8399.

Type: Book

Size: Folio, 31.2 x 20.7cm (12¼ x 8¼ inches).

Item Number: 17990

Keywords: 18th Century Books, African American American Church History, Americana, Bindings-Leather, Congregationalism, Indians-North American, Massachusetts Colony, Law--Massachusetts, Dueling, Fishing Laws,