(104) Unlike the 1788 nonexportation law, however, the 1792 law did not require slaveholders to register their slaves with local authorities, and therefore it may have remained easier for traffickers to transport slaves out of the state illegally than for traffickers similarly to transport those "in servitude."(105)
Exceptions to and Transgressions of the Nonexportation Laws
(107) The exceptions to the Nonexportation Acts did not prohibit a master who relocated from disposing of his slaves and those "in servitude" if he so chose.
Although some masters removed their slaves and those "in servitude" from the state legally--pursuant to the relocation exceptions written into the 1788 and 1792 Nonexportation Acts--other masters deceitfully cited the exceptions in an effort to conceal their illicit traffic in human chattel.
For example, in 1796 he brought two actions against Stephen Betts of Reading before the county court in Danbury for selling or transporting Tamer, a "Negro Woman," and Amos, a "Negro Boy," into New York in violation of the nonexportation laws.
In reaction to the coercive or "intolerable" acts, he and other Massachusetts delegates were able to get the Continental Congress to adopt a nonimportation and nonexportation
agreement known as "The Association." A short time later, he and his cousin, John Adams, manipulated the Continental Congress to unanimously appoint George Washington as commander in chief of the Continental Army.
Joint action had its limits, as Starr argues in her chapter entitled "Interest Governs the World." When the First Continental Congress hesitated to exempt rice from the nonexportation
order of the Association, four of the five South Carolina delegates lobbied for their state's interests by walking out.