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title:“Resolutions Concerning Trade and Profiteering”
authors:George Mason
date written:1778-12-17

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Mason, George. "Resolutions Concerning Trade and Profiteering." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 1. Ed. Bernard Bailyn and James Morton Smith. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 459-60. Print.

Resolutions Concerning Trade and Profiteering (December 17, 1778)

[17 December 1778]
Resolved, that it is the opinion of this committee, That all persons exporting grain or other victual, contrary to an act, passed in this present session of Assembly, entitled "an act to empower the Governor and Council, to lay an embargo for a limited time," ought to be forever thereafter rendered incapable of carrying on any trade or commerce within this Commonwealth.
Resolved, That the master of every vessel building within this Commonwealth, or coming into the same, shall give bond, with sufficient security to the naval officer of the district, that he will not during the stay of the vessel, load or take on board any articles, contrary to the said act, other than shall be necessary for the sustenance of the crew of such vessel, for her voyage or cruise.
Resolved, that it is the opinion of this committee, That those who purchase grain or other victual, other than for the consumption of themselves, their families, or those in their employ, or for manufacture, ought to be declared by law, to be engrossers, save only that such declaration should not extend to any public agent or contractor, purchasing in pursuance of the duties of his office.
Resolved, that it is the opinion of this committee, That persons, not being public agents or contractors, and taking upon themselves that character, thereby to take advantage to themselves of those exemptions and privileges, which the laws give to public agents and contractors, ought to be made subject to exemplary punishment.

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