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The case of The Manufacturers, and Others, concerned in the Making and Vending of Beaver Hats, and Hats made of Coney-wool, Goats-wool, and other Materials, in Great Britain
[s.n.] [c.1764], [London] - 3pp, [1]. With docket title printed to rear of final leaf. Three horizontal folds, with slight wear and a little marking. A concise polemic on behalf of the English beaver-hat trade, outlining that the superior British-manufactured beaver-hat, many of which were exported for the greater benefit of the nation, was imperilled by foreign, notably French, competition. The nine paragraph piece, which masquerades as a legal case in its form, and with a docket title, therefore suggests reform of the system in which beaver-skins could only be 'imported into Great Britain, either from Hudson's Bay, or his Majesty's Plantations in America', in order to avoid further deterioration in foreign trade and consequent loss of employment for the 'many thousand poor Families' dependent upon a thriving hat-trade, lower consumption of Coney-wool and the reduction in 'his Majesty's Revenues, in many respects, affected; particularly in the Duty on Goats-wool imported by the Turkey Company'. Rare, with ESTC locating only two copies of this variant, with the first line 'The art and mistery of making hats in Great Britain hath arrived', at BL and NLS. ESTC T93172. Size: Folio
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