Aprill the 9th 1707 :
Read and Assented to by the house of Delegates.
Signed p order W Taylard Cl h D.
Aprill the 10th 1707.
Read and Assented to by her Majesty's Honrble Councill.
Signed p order
W Bladen Cl Council.
Aprill the 15th 1707. On the behalf her Majesty Queen
Anne of England &c.
I will this be a law
An Act to prevent the abuse of breaking open and Con-
cealing Publick & Private Letters.
Whereas the Trade and Comerce of this Province is in
Great measure Confined to the Kingdom of England and
the Inhabitants of this Province of Necessity are obliged to
Lodge their Effects and wholly Correspond with the merchants
in England by which means whe have great dependance upon
their advice in Trade and often protested bills of Excha are
remitted hither to the severall Psons interested therein wch are
sometimes of Considerable Value and for want of due Care
of such Letters in which the same are inclosed no settled post
houses being apointed for the reception of them many Times
sundry Evill minded Psons finde occasion Clandestinely to
take such Letters out of the publick houses (where they are
Generally Left) and break open and Conseall the same to the