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Bill Read Second Time


FRIDAY, March 17, 1775.

Ordered, That the Order of the Day, for the second reading of the Bill to restrain the Trade and Commerce of


the Colonies of New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina, to Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Islands in the West Indies, under certain conditions and limitations, be now read.

And the said Order being read accordingly;

The said Bill was read a second time.

Mr˙ Sawbridge said the Minister was consistent; no charge could be brought against him for partiality, since he was now laying an equal measure of punishment on the whole Continental Empire. These restraining Bills tied the bands of union and good fellowship between all the Provinces, and united them in a common cause.

Mr˙ Temple Luttrell condemned, in strong terms, the principle of the Bill; said, that this and the other restraining Bill ought to be burnt by the common hangman; he treated the present Bill as treasonable against the community, and said, it must eventually be the cause of a civil war.

Resolved, That the Bill be committed.

Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Resolved, That this House will, upon Monday morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House, upon the said Bill.