Sunday, April 6, 2014
Such Sneaky People, Those Auctioneers
Perhaps I am not Machiavellian enough in my understanding of human nature. I am reading a Province of New Jersey statute from 1768 that along with severe regulation of taverns, complains that "vendue masters" (auctioneers) being in the habit of providing liquor to those who are bidding in order to "advance the Price." They therefore prohibit auctioneers from providing liquor. In Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of New Jersey (1776), pp. 302-3.