L. H. J.
Liber No. 54
Maryland, in which I am well assured, I shall be assisted by the
Concurrence, not only of the new Proprietary, but also of the
Guardians of his Minority.
M.r Speaker and Gentlemen of the Lower House,
If the Inconvenience of this Season be such, as that a Meeting at
another, would be more agreeable to you, I will, upon being informed
of your Inclinations, prorogue this Assembly to a Time more con-
venient to your private Affairs; but should you think proper to
enter upon, and proceed in, a general Course of Business, I shall
with the greatest Pleasure, attend the Duties of my Department, and
most chearfully concur with you, Gentlemen of both Houses, in
establishing such Acts of Assembly, as may be conducive to the pub-
M.r Speaker with the rest of the Members returned to the Lower
M.r Speaker resumed the Chair
The House proceeded to choose a Clerk and unanimously made
Choice of M.r John Duckett as their Clerk
Ordered, That M.r Key and M.r Hammond do acquaint his Ex-
cellency that this House hath made Choice of M.r John Duckett to
be their Clerk and desire his Excellency's Approbation.
They return and acquaint M.r Speaker they delivered the Message
and that his Excellency signified his Approbation
Ordered That M.r Thomas and M.r Turbutt Wright do go with
M.r Duckett to the Upper House to see him qualified as Clerk of
They return and acquaint M.r Speaker they saw him take the
several Oaths to the Government, sign the Oath of Abjuration,
repeat and sign the Test, and take the following Oath of Office Vizt
"You John Duckett 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 having
been delivered to M.r Speaker, be read; and it was read accordingly.
The House being informed that M.r Josias Beall, a Delegate
returned for Prince George's County, was attending; Ordered, That
M.r Sim and M.r Contee do go with that Gentlemen to the Upper
House to [see] him qualified.
They return and acquaint M.r Speaker they saw him qualified in
the usual Manner.