L. H. J.
Liber No. 51
A sufficient Number of Delegates to compose a Lower House of
Assembly, being convened at the Stadt-House; Ordered, That Mr.
John Goldsborough and Col. Tilghman do acquaint his Excellency
the Governor therewith. They return and acquaint Mr. Speaker,
They delivered the Message.
Col. Hammond, and Col. Tasker, from the Upper House, acquaint
Mr. Speaker, That the Governor requires the Attendance of the
Members of the Lower House in the Upper House immediately.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and (with the Rest of the Members
of the Lower House) attended his Excellency in the Upper House;
where he made the following Speech, viz.
Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly,
His Majesty having nothing so much at Heart, as to improve the
great and important Advantages gained the last Campaign, as well
as to repair the Disappointment at Ticonderoga, and by the most
vigorous and extensive Efforts, to avert, by the Blessing of God on
his Arms, all Dangers which may threaten North-America, from any
future Irruptions of the French, and not doubting but all his faithful
and brave Subjects here, will chearfully co-operate with, and second,
to the utmost, the extraordinary Succours supplied by the Kingdom
of Great-Britain for our Preservation and Defence; He hath been
pleased to order the Right Honourable William Pitt, Esq; one of his
principal Secretaries of State, to write to the Governors of these
Colonies, and require them once more to convene the General As-
semblies of their respective Provinces, and urge them to raise, with
ail possible Dispatch, as large a Body of Men as the Circumstances
of each Province will allow, to act in Conjunction with such of the
King's Regular Troops, as may, during the ensuing Campaign, be
employed against his Enemies on this Continent: In Obedience
therefore to his Majesty's Commands, so signified to me, I meet
you again at this Time, and that you may the better know what is
expected from us, I shall lay before you several Letters that I have
lately received from the Secretary of State, and from General Am-
herst; the Contents whereof will, I hope, induce you to embrace the
Opporunity which now presents itself, the last probably that you
will have of making Amends, in some Sort, for your Failure last
Year, by a ready and dutiful Performance of the Service, which,
in Pursuance of his Majesty's Commands, is now so earnestly
recommended to us.
A Copy of which the Governor delivered to Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker (with the Rest of the Members) returned to the
Lower House, and re-assumed the Chair.
Ordered, That his Excellency's Speech be Read, which accordingly
was, and ordered to lie on the Table.
His Excellency the Governor communicated to Mr. Speaker, the
following letters viz.t