"I therefore rest satisfied, and thank God that my lot is to be an American farmer" –J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer (1782).
Third Congress of the United States…an Act Prohibiting for a Limited Time the Exportation of Arms and Ammunition .
[Philadelphia: Childs and Swain, 1794].
Broadside. Folio. Signed in ink by Edmund Randolph as Secretary of State.
Minor toning to upper left corner, slight edge wear. Overall very good. Marked “duplicate” in contemporary hand on verso.
Provenance: The Eric C. Caren Collection.
An important early Congressional act designed to bolster the young nation’s military stores. In short, the act prohibits the exportation of muskets, canon, small arms, swords, and saltpeter (potassium nitrate, an early ingredient of gunpowder), at the risk of heavy fines and confiscation of vessels carrying the same. The act also encourages the importation of such goods by granting a generous two-year duty free window. Quite rare. OCLC locates only copy (University of Michigan), while ESTC locates two. There is only one other known copy to have ever appeared at auction.
See Evans 27856.
Shipton & Mooney 47289.