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Tonnage Act: further defining the historic Tariff Act of 1789...



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July 22, 1789

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, July 22, 1789  

* Tariff Act of 1789 (Tonnage)
* George Washington signs
* 1st major piece of legislation


Most of page 2 and a bit of page 2 are taken up with "Sketches of the Proceedings of Congress" providing interesting insight into the discussion of the very new federal government.
Page 3 has the full text of: "An Act Imposing duties on Tonnage" signed in type by the President: G. Washington, and the Vice President: John Adams. This was a follow-up to the earlier Tariff Act of 1789, further defining tariff rates on ships with foreign goods. The rates varied according to who built or owned the ships, the least favorable rare (50 cents per ton) for foreign owned & built ships.
This Tonnage Act was just the third Act of Congress of the new federal government.
Page 3 has a report concerning amendments to the Constitution.
Four pages, some light damp staining, nice condition.

This title is considered by many as the most significant newspaper of the 18th century, particularly during this, the formative year of the new federal government, as the Gazette was the mouthpiece of all matters political. Most pronouncements from Congress & the President were printed first in this newspaper.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's