Thirteen Proposals for the Reform of English Law [Great Britain]. A Lover of His Countrey.... The Grand Concern of England Explained; In Several Proposals Offered to the Consideration of the Parliament. 1. For Payment of Publick Debts. 2. For Advancement and Encouragement of Trade. 3. For Raising the Rents of Land. In Order Whereunto, It is Proved Necessary, I. That a Stop be Put to Further Buildings in and about London [...] XIII. That the Fishing-Trade May be Vigorously Prosecuted, All Poor People Set at Work to Make Fishing-Tackle, And be Paid Out of the Money Collected Every Year for the Poor, In the Several Parishes in England. By a Lover of His Countrey, And Well-Wisher to the Prosperity Both of the King and Kingdoms. London: [s.n.], Printed in the Year, 1673. [iv], 92 [i.e. 62],  pp. Page 62 misnumbered 92. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in marbled wrappers. Light rubbing to wrappers, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine partially abraded, corners bumped, first and final leaves, both blanks, affixed to wrappers and partially loosening. Light toning to interior, very light fox-spots to a few pages, small ink "92" to upper right corner of title page, internally clean. $1,100. * Only edition. Thirteen proposals for the reform of English law, touching on a variety of legal, religious, economic and political topics. The proposals include the establishment of a general land register, the naturalization of foreign Protestants, the establishment of a court of requests in jurisdictions outside London, and reform to the poor laws, among others. Many of these would be carried out in some form over time. One which did not come to pass was the "Prohibition of Brandy, Mum, Coffee, Chocoletta and Tea, and the suppressing Coffe-Houses," proposed on both economic and moral grounds. Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 2026. English Short-Title Catalogue R23421.
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