Rights and Properties, as I shall always, on my Part, do in support
After which his Excellency made the following Speech :
Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly
I have chosen this Opportunity of meeting you upon the last
Prorogation, from an Opinion, That your Attendance here may be
more suitable to your private Affairs at this, than at any other Season.
I cannot but take Occasion, to congratulate you on the Lord Pro-
prietary being arrived at an Age to take you under his more imme-
diate Protection, and convince you, by his tender Care, that the
affectionate Professions you have now heard from him, are the real
Dictates of his generous Heart: And I must with Pleasure, acknowl-
edge myself persuaded, from the short Acquaintance I have had
amongst you, that you will not shew less Earnestness to maintain
that Harmony, and mutual Good Will, on which alone the real Hap-
piness and Prosperity of the Province can subsist.
Nothing can contribute so much to my own Happiness, as to see
this Province flourish under my Administration; but as Mens dif-
ferent Conceptions, frequently, in Life, prevent their concurring in
the Means to obtain the End they equally have in View, I will promise
the less, and endeavour the more, that every Step I take, may con-
duce to the general Welfare.
As soon as his Lordship's Commission made Maryland an Object
of my Attention, and his Commands pointed me out a Way of shew-
ing my Zeal in it's Service, by procuring a Replacement of the Arms
supplied from the Provincial Armory, for the Canada Expedition,
I lost no Time in making Application, and with such Success, that
their Arrival may be expected soon after the Orders already issued
for that Purpose, can be complied with.
Although the Principle of Self Preservation, and that universal
Desire to increase the Riches of one's Country, seem to make every
Recommendation on those Points unnecessary to it's Representatives,
yet as several Omissions may happen through Multiplicity of Busi-
ness, or other Accidents, I shall not be wanting on my Part, in remind-
ing you, from Time to Time, of what may occur to my Thoughts,
relative to those important Subjects, so worthy of your Regard.
Mr. Speaker (attended by the Members) returned to the Lower
House, and re-assumed the Chair.
The Lord Proprietary's Speech was read and ordered to lie on the
The Governor's Speech was read and ordered to lie on the Table.
L. H. J.
Liber No. 47