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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1724-1726
Volume 35, Page 425   View pdf image (33K)
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The Lower House. 425

Cannot so Securely Place a Confidence as in the Certain
Measure of Establisht Laws.
We shall Trouble Your Lordship but with one Remark
more Concerning the Statutes, and that shall be from the
Royall Grant it Self, where, in the Paragraph that gives
Your Lordship power to Aliene Your Lands and the pur-
chasers to hold of your Lordship in what Estate soever should
seem Expedient to his Lordship and the purchasers There is
an Express provision that it shall be Lawfull so to do not-
withstanding the Statutes of 18: Edw: i commonly Called
Quia Emptores Terrarum or any other Statute, which we
hope Sufficiently Shews the Intent of the Prince that made
the Grant and the Sence of those times that the Generall
Statutes of England did or at least would by that Grant Ex-
tend here and that therefore such non obstante was necessary ;
which otherwise would have been Useless.
As to the Usage of this Province in this part we shall not
trouble you further then to Begg your Lordship to be Re-
fer'd to your Lievetenants Speech at the opening this Sessions

L. H. J.

which fully declares it as it is alledged by us.
And now we begg Your Lordship to Consider how much it
must necessarily Concern us to have our Establisht Rules
of Law and Priviledge Attack^by Your Lordship with ob-
jections to them at Least as if our Constitution were but
Dubious, whereas in truth it Never has been Dubious untill
Your Lordships Late Instruction seem'd to make it so. It is
a Case of that Consequence that requires our Concern, and
the Ill Success and Little Notice taken of our Late Address
to Your Lordship obliges us to Press this Subject the more
Earnestly upon You; for that while these Debates are pend-
ing by way of Address and Answer Your Instruction con-
tinues as the Rule of Your Lieutenants Administration
whereby our Legall Constitution is Rendered Dubious and
unsafe. We therefore in most Submissive Manner intreat
Your Lordship to favour us with your determinate Resolu-
tion in the Case with all that Reasonable Expedition that may
be Consistent with Your Lordships Leisure and the Impor-
tance of the affair; and that you will not take it Ill that we
give your Lordship our Solemn Assurance that as nothing
has been wanting in us to give Your Lordship a Right under-
standing in these Matters nothing shall be wanting in us that
we Can think necessary to preserve our Rights; Concerning
which (we are Sorry to find it so) we have Reason to be
Jealous; (We Cannot omit observing to your Lordship; that
whilst Your Lordship is Contending with Your Tennants
for the Rendering Your Government more Absolute over

p. 121

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