Annapolis: Jonas Green, 1757. ,13pp. Contemporary plain front wrapper, rear wrapper renewed. Small ink library stamp on verso of titlepage, tape repairs to edges of each leaf, mostly small and inconsequential, minor foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM9300A
A rare Annapolis imprint comprising the session laws for Maryland in early 1757. In the midst of the French and Indian War, naturally there is significant content related to the war. Namely, there are three acts: "An Act for his Majesty's Service, and the more immediate Defence and Protection of the Frontier Inhabitants of this Province" (encompassing the first four-and-a-half pages), "An Act for the Relief of sundry Inhabitants of this Province, who have had their Servants Enlisted into his Majesty's Servants," and "An Act to prevent the Exportation or Carrying out of this Province, Ammunition, Warlike Stores, or Provisions of any Kind, towards supplying the French or their Allies." The first of these acts calls for the raising of 500 men, to be organized into companies to protect the frontier, and for the manner of their deployment and use. Most of the others laws are continuing acts relating to slaves, "languishing Prisoners," debtors, and other issues. Rare, with ESTC recording only three copies in two institutions (AAS has two). EVANS 7935. WROTH 197. ESTC W7081.