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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1745-1747
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The Upper House. 61


tody and burthening them with Changes on Complaints made to
Your House that they had misbehaved not through Corruption but
if at all by mistake in point of Judgment and the matters were no
way relative to your Priviledges and consequently you had no Colour
or Pretence of legal Authority to interpose thus Your House in a
Judicial as well as Legislative Power by pretending to raise Money
when and how you please to call whom you please Before you and
to give Arbitrary Judgments in defiance of all Reason & Magna
Charta it self and however illegal iniquitous and unjust your Judg-
ments may be the unhappy sufferer has no Remedy but must submit
this is an extensive Power with a Witness and no doubt a very de-
sirable one to men whose Ambition it is to make their own Will the
only Rule of their Conduct and which you may be Assured I should
immediately have taken notice of in support of Magistracy and the
due Execution of the Laws if I had not been prevented by the same
Reasons as before influenced me with regard to your Determination
on the Elections
However when by my stifling all Resentments at these unheard of
Proceedings and by the Moderation of the Upper House these Laws
the most advantageous and desirable to the People were prepared
and every thing was in a fair Way of being finished which could
contribute to their Happiness, you have rather Chose that they should
lose the Advantage of what was proposed to be done than that some
Provision should be made for the defence of the Country, notwith-
standing the dangers with which it is surrounded in this time of War
and after you have taken all the Care and Pains in your Power to
publish the weak detenceless Condition it is in and the very Repre-
sentatives who have been so strenous in their Endeavours to Burthen
the people with 2d p hhd on Tobacco to support an Agent as above
mentd Absolutely refuse to give or raise any thing towards the de-
fence of the Lives and Fortunes of their Constituents or Consent that
One hundred Pounds should be taken out of a Sum already raised
as a present for the Indians agreable to the Examples of the Gov-
ernments of New York Pennsylvania & Virginia at a time when it is
so necessary to keep the Friendship of that People, What other In-
terpretation can be put on this Behaviour but that either you are
desirous the Province should be exposed to the common Enemy or
unwilling your Constituents should have the Benefit of the several
Beneficial Laws prepared for my Assent In the first Light You must
stand Condemned by every dutiful Fellow Subject and for the last
your Constituents have no Reason to thank you however you may
have answered the Wishes of some among you which was to bring
myself under a difficulty how to Act my Duty to his Majesty & Care
for the Safety of the whole Province were on one side of the Ques-
tion and my Earnestness for the Quietness and Ease of the People

U. H. J.
Liber No. 34

on the other these last I believe would have determined me if I had

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