Reasons Humbly Offer'd for the Bill, for Ascertaining and Limiting the Time of Future Publick Mournings . . . [caption title]. Silk Manufacture, Lobbying.

Reasons Humbly Offer'd for the Bill, for Ascertaining and Limiting the Time of Future Publick Mournings . . . [caption title].

[N. p., but London? n. p., 1709 or 1710?]. First edition. Single leaf, evidently extracted from a nonce volume (with traces of calf along one edge), 12.75 x 8 inches, with a printed docket title on the verso. Somewhat dust soiled and worn, with a small tear from the blank fore-edge; old fold; in good to very good condition. Item #18578

An early example of industry lobbying, a petition to Parliament on the loss of jobs across England due to public mourning; among those affected by the evident sumptuary restrictions and named here include weavers, silk-dyers, silk-throwers, traders with Turkey and Italy, and the white bone lace-makers of Bedford, Buckingham, and Northampton (who "amount to Fourty Thousand [sic], whose whole Dependence was on this Manufacture, and are now, by Reason of this Present Mourning, Reduc'd to the last Extremity by the Loss of their Trade"). Hanson assigns the date [1706] to this petition, which is followed by ESTC (which notes a single copy, at Chetham's Library in Manchester)--though given that the text begins, "That at the Death of the Prince of Denmark, the Colour'd Silk Goods in the Mercers Hands, within the Bills of Mortality, by a Moderate Computation, Amounted to the Value of Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds, and upwards; the greatest Part whereof lyes Dead on their Hands to this Day," this would suggest that the plea dates to after the death of Queen Anne's consort Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland, on October 28, 1708; further, the History and Proceedings of the House of Commons: 1706-1713 (London, 1742), vol. 4, pp. 139-140, notes taking up a petition on February 2, 1709 (O.S.) from the Cities of London and Westminster on this very problem, with specific phrases of this text integrated. Hanson, Contemporary Printed Sources for British and Irish Economic History 1701-1750, 677 (Manufactures). Small ink autograph number to the upper corner of the recto.

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