Mr Dorsey sent along with Capt Whittington upon the said
Message Mr Dent, Mr Hamond, Mr Tasker, Mr Jones, Mr
Harris, & Mr Greenfield sent up to the Councill to desire an
Answer to the former vote of this house concerning the Con-
stitution of the Gouernmt whereof their Honors haue had
already a Coppy.
Then was Read the following petition.
To the Honble the house of Assembly now Sitting.
The humble petition of Garret V: sweringen Sheweth
That your Pef has engaged himselfe for Divers Sumes of
Money & past Bills of Exchange for Liquors & provisions for
the Supply of the Countrey this present Assembly; and unless
he had so done he could not be fitted to Accomodate your
honors at this present, & Notwithstanding all, was forc't to
giue great rates, as is very well knowne, almost double what
they were a yeare agoe.
And now your petr must sell for tobacco wch yr Honors well
knowes the vallue off; soe that if rates be not altered from
what they were last Sett, yr Petr will absolutely be a great
looser, & neuer be able to discharge himselfe from his Money
Obligacons he has run himselfe into, to Serve the Countrey as
Yr pef therefore humbly prayes that your honors would
take his present Condicon into your serious Consideracon and
that you would be pleased to Sett the rates that there be noe
future trouble about altering accompts but that your pef may
send them in compleat at once, also that your Honrs would
consider that he is a great looser at 10: pds of tobacco a meale
& alter it as you in your wisdome shall thinke reasonable.
And he shall Ever pray &c.
The same was referred for further Consideration. Capt
Whittington & Mr Dorsey Returne & say that the Secretary
has Ordered his Clk: to bring hither the Booke of Laws for
their peruseall but as to the Originall Bills he sayes he can
give noe acco' thereof.
Mr Dent & the rest of the Messingers sent to the Councill
returne and say they delivered their Message in Charge given
Message from the Councill by Mr Tench which was
Expressed in the words following Vizt that his Excellency
Comands the members of this honble house to Attend him at
the Councill Chamber Immediately.