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WILLIAM BOLLAN TO THE SPEAKER.1 Leicester Square, [London], May
8th, 1761 Sir, ? The Lords Commissioners for Trade and plantations
having under their Consideration an Act passed by the General Court
in February, 1760,2 for regulating fees, on the 24th of last month,
pursuant to their direction, 1 attended their Lordships, when Lord
Sandys 3 told me they had these two objections to the Act. (1) that
altho' atemporary Act, it repeald a perpetual Act of the 4th of
William and Mary, Chapt. 17. (2) that the perpetual Act having had
the royal approbation, an Act for repealing it ought to have
contain'd a Clause suspending its force and execution, until the
king's determination thereupon was declared.1 A few things were
then said, wherein some of the Lords seem'd to suppose these
objections unanswerable. After observing that a New establishment
of Money, with the changing circumstances of a New country,
required a New table of fees, I desired the matter might be
deferr'd til I could consider the present Act, and all the former
laws relating to fees, together with their Lordships' objections,
as this Act had never been transmitted to me, and I was wholly a
stranger to it when I received their directions to attend; and
after some time spent hereupon the matter was put off accordingly.
Their Lordships then passed to another affair, and Lord Sandys
having in his hand four Acts for lotteries he inveigh'd against
them, as mischievous in their nature, destructive to labour, and
industry, and introductive of the spirit of gaming, ever attended
with many ill consequences.2 In excuse for these Acts, I observed
that the distresses, occasiond by the heavy expence of the War, of
which the Province had taken so large a part, had probably brought
these lotteries intouse; and the whole board havin...
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