A sufficient Number of Delegates to compose the Lower house of
Assembly being Convened at the Stadt house.
Ordered that Doctor George Steuart and M.r Robert Lloyd do
acquaint his Excellency the Governor therewith.
Stephen Bordley and John Ridout Esq.r from the Upper house
acquaint M.r Speaker that the Governor requires the attendance of
the Lower house immediately in the Upper house.
M.r Speaker left the Chair and attended with the Members of the
Lower house went to the Upper house where his Excellency made
the following Speech (Vizt)
Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly.
The unexampled Successes with which his Majesty's Vigorous
Measures — were Blessed during the Course of the late War, having,
Since I had last an opportunity of addressing myself to you in your
Legislative Capacity, enabled him to restore Peace to his People, on
Terms of Glory and great advantage; terms particularly calculated
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for the future Security and prosperity of these Colonies, I cannot
open this Session without Congratulating you on that happy Event,
as well as on the Auspicious Birth of a Prince of Wales under whom
your Posterity may enjoy the innumerable Blessings, We in Common
with the rest of his Majestys Subjects, at this Period derive from
the Propitious Reign of the Best of Sovereigns
I have been induced Gentlemen, to Convene you at this time, by an
Opinion that you would be glad to have, an opportunity, before the
Expiration of our Inspection Law, of considering what farther
Amendments to that Act it might be expedient to make for the better
advancement of our Staple, and by what other means, consistent
with the Laws of Great Britain, the whole trade of this Province
might be Encouraged & promoted, you will also, I presume, think it
your duty to examine at this time into the State of our Public Funds;
and, if necessary, to provide for any Deficiencies which may have
arisen from the long Continuance of the War, or other Accidents;
and if you should now have leisure to Consider the Claims which
those of the Militia, whom the necessity of the times Obliged me to
order into actual Service, and many other persons have on the
Public. I am in hopes you will both adjust such accounts, and make
the necessary Provision for payment.
Interested, Gentlemen, as you are in the prosperity and Welfare
of this Province, you come together. I flatter myself at this time with
a proper disposition and temper to advance it, and with a Resolution
to avoid every measure that can tend to interrupt the harmony which
ought to Subsist between those whose true Interests are the same,
and which alone can under your meetings of any real benefit or
Utility to your Country.