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Printing Colonial Laws

Colonial assemblies often failed to effectively publish the laws they enacted in seventeenth-century America. Most assemblies did not begin printing their session laws until after 1704, some began much later. Massachusetts, an outlier in this regard, began printing its session laws, albeit intermittently, in the 1650s. New York printed the laws passed by its legislative assembly beginning in the 1690s. This collection of the session laws of the New York General Assembly was printed by William Bradford. Bradford’s innovation was to number the pages of the pamphlets for each legislative session consecutively so that they could be bound together at a later date.

The Laws & Acts of the General Assembly for Their Majesties Province of New-York. New York: William Bradford, 1694.
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