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Exact abridgement of all the public acts of assembly of Virginia.

Author [Mercer, John]
Title Exact abridgement of all the public acts of assembly of Virginia.
Imprint Glasgow
Date of Publication 1759
Language English
Notes This collection of early acts passed by the assembly of colonial Virginia covers legislation from 1660 to 1758. Chronological tables give summary information, but the bulk of the text is taken up with an abridgement of the acts under alphabetical headings such as 'Deer', 'Duty on Slaves', 'Executions', 'Madeira Wine', 'Runaways' etc. A detailed index ensures that this is a highly practical reference work. Mercer had produced his first collection of acts in 1737, which was printed in Williamsburg, Virginia. Presumably this edition was printed in Glasgow in order to give Scottish traders information about the community with which they were making commercial transactions. However, most copies seem to have found their way to North America, with the result that this is a rare book in the British Isles; no copy is found in the Advocates' Library.
Shelfmark RB.s.2172
Acquired on 21/05/02
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