The Writs Of Assistance

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The Writs of Assistance were warrants that allowed officials to search for material that they had found to be smuggled in any citizen’s home, even without their given permission or a reason to do so. The British reversed their policy of salutary neglect. A Writ of Assistance was given to English custom officers that had believed that an object could have been smuggled into the colonies. The Writs were highly enforced by the British and used frequently by custom officers. The use of the Writs of Assistance was thrown away by many custom officers. They used the writs to harass the colonists. With these writs in hand, the officers were allowed to enter the home of any colonist and turn the place upside down; breaking many parts of the home in
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