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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1740-1744
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Appendix. 671

My Lord Novr 8th 1744
I Had the Honour of your Lordship's Letter of the second of June
by the Baltimore, on the 23d instant, wherein your Lordship is
pleased to make no doubt of such a Complyance with your Lordship's
Sentiments lately made known to me, As that your Lordship may
Have no reason to suspect my good intentions.
I Desire, my Lord, no better Test of my sincerity, And I Hope
my Conduct Last Sessions will prove beyond Every possible Surmise,
That If ever I should seem to Have acted or advised contrary to
your Lordships pleasure or Interest, It was wholly owing to my
Misconception of them, And not to the Least Deviation from my
principle of Gratitude & integrity, towards your Lordship, which
could only Characterise me with want of Comon Sense or Comon
Honesty, & perhaps both.
As your Lordship would not Have any bill for provision of Arms
passed Inconsistent with the usuall way of issuing the money by the
Governt & Councill, I shall for my part observe your Lordships
Your Lordship Is pleased to inquire, why the Levy bill was passed
by the Governt in the first Sessions after the Refusall of the 3d for
Arms, by the Lo: Ho: I beg leave to acquaint Your Lordship, That
Bill of 12000 & odd pounds was passed imediately on opening the
Session by the advice of Every One (Except my self) previous to
any other Business, on a pretence of necessity that the Sheriffs might
Compleat their Collections: But As I Had not the least Share in
advising but absolutely against that passage, till I Heard of Your
Lordships permission, I am Sure your Lordship will not think me
accountable: I will not say, which of Your Lordships friends Had
their own interest Concerned; But I can truly avow, I Had not, For
I even avoided putting in my Claim of fees which the Upper House
in the Last Session of the Late Governour Had referred to Another
Session: The First Passage of That Bill was such a Mistaken Peice
of Policy in more than One Respect, That this Government must for
sometime in all probability feel the effects of it.
I am truely rejoyced, If Mr Sollr Murray entertains a different
opinion from what He Expressed on Your Lordships Consultation
with Him, and the Late Sollr. And Although I then told Your
Lordship I could not see That affair in so strong a Light, agst your
Lordship as He did, yet your Lordships deference to His judgement
occasioned the Instructions then given.
I Hope Your Lordship Has received Our Treaty with the Indians,
And that it meets with your Lordships Approbation, More Espe-
cially, as the Virginia Assembly absolutely refused Last month to
advance or Contribute one farthing on Account of Their Treaty;
By which means The whole Expence is to be defrayed out of the Quit
rent Revenue in that Colony.

No. 1126

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