L. H. J.
Who being a Sufficient number to make an House
Ordered that Colo Mackall and Colo Greenfield go to the
Upper House and acquaint his Honr the Governr thereof.
They return and Say they delivered their Message
John Hall Esqr from the Upper House acquaints Mr
Speaker that his Honr the Govr requires him and the whole
House to attend him imediately in the upper House &
Thereupon Mr Speaker with the rest of the Members go
to the Upper House where his Honr the Governeur was
pleasd to make the following "Speech viz.
Gentlemen of the Upper & Lower Houses of Assembly
Severall Petitions having been delivered to me from the In-
habitants of diverse parts of this Province, complaining of the
low State Tobacco is reduced to; and humbly desiring that
the Assembly might be convened in order to fall on- some
Method to relieve ourselves in these Melancholly Circum-
stances; I (having nothing more at heart than the good of the
Province) have thought fit, wth the Advice of his Lpps Councill
to Convene you, that you may have an Opportunity to make
the Staple a reall Benefit to us; In Order to which it will be
proper to Consider, to what Causes the present low Price of
Tobacco is owing; Which I take to be chiefly these, the sending
home Trash Tobacco, and the uncertainty of shipping our
Crops; to prevent the first, it would undoubtedly be the interest
of the Country, to destroy the Trash here, for no body but a
madman would Ship bad Tobacco to bring himself in Debt ;
this would in a great Measure lessen the Quantity especially
if tending of seconds was prohibited, and if the good Tobacco
was shipt at a Time certain, the Merchants might regulate
the Market at home very much to our Advantage. This
Gentlemen is what occurrs to me and I leave it to your Serious
Afterwards Mr Speaker wth the rest of the members returns
to the Lower House where Mr Speaker resumes the Chair and
reports what his Honr the Govr had before sayd.
The Rules of the House are read, agreed to & Set up.
Ordered that Mr Speaker issue his Warrt to the Secretary
for the Electing a new member to serve for Prince George's
County in the room of James Stoddert Esqr deced.
Resolved that this House will sit to do Business from
Eight of the Clock in the foreonon till Eleven and from one