Lomdon. Printed by the Assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceased... 1711. Disbound. Very good. Item #3685
This Act of Parliament made it illegal to harvest trees that were "fit for masts, not being the property of any private person" in many of the North American colonies. The fine for felling such a mast-worthy tree was one hundred pounds sterling for each offence. In addition, the Act instructed the Surveyor General of Her Majesties Woods "to mark with the broad arrow all such trees as now are, or hereafter shall be fit and proper to be taken for the use of her Majesties Royal Navy, and to keep a register of the same..." An early act asserting Mother England's authority over natural resources in the colonies. [ICN 7519.1.].