- a tax on legal documents, publications, etc, the payment of which is certified by the attaching or impressing of official stamps
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He also proposed to relieve Ireland from the stamp-duty on awards, the loss on which would not exceed 500 a year.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.
E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The other, imposing a stamp-duty on small pamphlets, only placed them on the same footing with newspapers.The Political History of England - Vol XI
I won't do it through the schoolmaster in Stanz, and the doctor can't do it without the stamp-duty.The Forest Farm
The stamp-duty of one penny on each newspaper is reckoned to be the third of these taxes on knowledge.