Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Forestallers

Jamestown convened a "General Court" similar to Williamsburg
Jamestown.  The English Laws took every opportunity to prevent the colonist from profiting from the receipt of manufactured goods.  The planter already paid a premium rate for such items as nails and plank board, that the docking penalties caused him to find other means.

In 1626 the General Court passed an order forbidding any person who had purchased goods in Virginia to dispose of the at prices higher than he had paid for them, the penalty being 500 pds of tobacco.   In order to avoid such fines, a forestaller clause was made in his contract with the shipping company.  A forestaller was a man who had obtained, under the terms of the contract, actual possession of merchandise or right to its possession before it reached Jamestown.  Source:  General Court Orders, Oct. 13, 1626.

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