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SHARPE MSS.

The Sharpe mss., 1733-1755, consist of papers "from the law office of John Sharpe, legal representative of the 'Sugar Planters and Merchants Trading to and Interested in His Majesty's Sugar Colonies,' relating to the enforcement of the 'Molasses Act' of 1733."

The collection may be divided primarily into two groups: [1] "relating to the proceedings in 1750-1751 before the Board of Trade concerning the virtual nullification by the American colonists of the 'Molasses Act' ... in their trading with the French sugar islands, by means of fraudulent ship clearances, perjurious certificates of origin, trade with the enemy in war time under fraudulent flags of truce, etc."; [2] dealing "with the efforts of the English merchants and planters to obtain remedy for their grievances against the Northern Colonies by the passage of an Act of Parliament which would have totally forbidden dealings in molasses, sugar and rum between them and the French islands."

See Kraus, H.P. From Columbus to Lincoln: Fifty Distinguished Americans ... New York, H.P. Kraus, n.d. (Catalogue 92), no. 34, pp. 48-49. A copy of this is filed with the collection along with "A full description of the 28 manuscripts" (typewritten), cited Ibid., p. 49.

Contents: [1] Gt. Brit. Laws, statutes, etc. [Preamble to] Act for better securing and encouraging the trade of his Majesties sugar colonies in America (copy), [1733]. 1p.; [2] Jamaica. Assembly. [Record of] the examination of Captain Richard Mumford, Master of the Sloop "Enterprise," regarding a voyage from Rhode Island to Leogane (Haiti), thence to English Bay (Les Anglais, Haiti) where he took on a cargo of Hispanola sugar and molasses, (copy), Nov. 9, 1749. 6, 1p.; [3] Bellas, George. To Sharpe, John, Mar. 15, 1750. 1p.; [4] The memorial of the sugar planters, merchants, and others whose names are hereunto subscribed trading to and interested in His Majesty's sugar colonies in America (copy of a draft), [1750]. 2p.; [5] Gt. Brit. Board of trade. Copy of all the proceedings ... before the Commissioners of trade and plantations in the year 1750 relating to the trade carried on by the British Northern colonies with the foreign sugar colonies, (copy), Oct. 18, 1750-Jan. 10, 1751. 80, 3p.; [6] Sharpe, John. The humble memorial of the planters and merchants belonging and trading to the sugar colonies, (draft), Dec. 1750. 1p. [7] Proposals humbly submitted to the consideration of the Right honourable the Lords commissioners for trade and plantations by the British sugar planters and merchants for preventing the destructive trade carried on by British North America to the foreign sugar colonies, [Jan., 1751]. 3p.; [8-10] The humble petition of the merchants of London in general and of the British sugar planters, merchants and others whose names are hereunto subscribed in behalf of themselves and all others trading to and interested in His Majesty's sugar colonies, 1751. (3 drafts) 7, 7, 5p.; [11] The humble petition of the merchts. & others trading to the British sugar colonys, to North & South Carolina, to Virginia, to Maryland, to Pennsilvania, to New York, to New England & to Nova Scotia, to Newfoundland, to Germany, to Holland, to France, to Spain, to Portugal and to Italy. Whose names are hereunto subscribed, (copy), [1751]. 2p.; [12] Bollan, William. A petition ... for His Majestys Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England presented to the House, Mar. 28, 1751. 1p.; [13] Partridge, Richard. A petition ... on behalf of His Matys. province of Pensilvania in America presented to the House, Apr. 11, 1751. 3p.; [14] Partridge, Richard. A petition of Richard Partridge, agent for New Jersey and also Connecticut, Rhode Island & Providence Plantns. in America presented to the House, Apr. 17, 1751. 2p.; [15-16] Proof: rough notes, Apr. 1751 (2 copies) 3, 3p.; [17] State of the proofs, Apr. 22, 1751. 8p.; [18] As to the price of sugar, rum, molasses, [1751]. 2p.; [19] Notice from the agent of the sugar colonies to the agents for the Northern colonies, July 1751. 2p.; [20] Drt bill to prohibit the British sugar planters from having foreign sugar plantations, [Feb. 1752]. 3p.; [21a] Hume- Campbell, Alexander. [Opinion concerning] an act passed entitled An act for securing and encouraging the trade of His Majesty's sugar colonies in America, May 12, 1753. 3p.; [21b] Murray, William. [Opinion concerning] an act passed entitled An act for securing and encouraging the trade of His Majesty's sugar colonies in America, May 12, 1753. (2 copies) 3, 4p.; [21c] Ryder, Dudley. [Opinion concerning] an act passed entitled An act for securing and encouraging the trade of His Majesty's sugar colonies in America, May 14, 1753. 3p.; [21d] Fazakerely, Nicholas. [Opinion concerning] an act passed entitled An act for securing and encouraging the trade of His Majesty's sugar colonies in America, May 14, 1753. 3p.; [22] Case. The British Northern colonies have of late very illogically and clandestinely fallen into a pernicious practice of introducing French sugars they produce at the French Islands into Great Britain as British sugar, [1755]. 8p.

This collection is in a folio folder.

Collection size: 30 items

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