L. H. J.
Liber No. 51
The House proceeded to choose a Clerk, and made Choice of Mr.
Ordered, That Mr. Murdock and Capt. Gassaway do acquaint
his Excellency with the Choice which this House hath made of a
Clerk, and to desire his Approbation. They return and acquaint
Mr. Speaker, That they delivered the Message.
Ordered, That Mr. Robert Lloyd and Col. Hopper do go with
Mr. Macnemara to the Upper House, to see him Qualified as Clerk
of this House. They return and acquaint Mr. Speaker, That they
saw him take the several Oaths to the Government required by Law,
sign the Oath of Abjuration, and repeat and sign the Test, and take
the following Oath of Office:
You Michael Macnemara do swear, That as Clerk of the Lower
House of Assembly, you shall true Entries make of all such Matters
and Things, as, by the Honourable Speaker for the Time being and
that House, shall be to you directed: The Secrets of the said House
you shall not divulge, to the Prejudice of the House or any Member
thereof; but shall in all Things, as Clerk to the said House, well and
truly demean yourself according to the best of your Knowledge.
So help you God.
Ordered, That his Excellency's Speech (a Copy of which the
Governor delivered to Mr. Speaker) be Read; which was accord-
ingly; and Ordered to lie on the Table.
His Excellency the Governor communicated to Mr. Speaker, the
following Letter, viz.
Sir Camp at Carlisle, July 20th, 1758.
Having considered what you have told me concerning the Situation
of your Maryland Troops, and particularly about the distressed
Condition of the Officers, and of Mr. Ross, by whom your Forces
have been Victualled since the Money which was granted by your
Assembly for their Support, was expended; and being very averse
to your Troops being disbanded at this critical Juncture, when, in
all Probability, I shall have great Occasion for their Service; I am
induced to advance a Sum of Money towards Relieving those Gentle-
men, in some Measure, from the Difficulties wherein they are in-
volved, by the late extraordinary Conduct of your Assembly, and
to encourage your Troops to keep together during the Campaign. As
I do not take upon myself to pay your Troops the Arrears that are
due to them, or satisfy Mr. Ross, but expect that your Assembly will,
out of the Supplies which they shall grant at their next Meeting,
appropriate a Sum for those Purposes, I shall not concern myself
with any Account whatever; That I leave to your Assembly, or to
such Persons as you or they may appoint; but what I advance upon
the Credit of the Province to be repaid me out of the first Money