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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1764-1765
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374 Appendix.

Contempo-
rary Printed
Pamphlet
Md.Hist.Soc.

of Assembly has afforded a fresh Instance of this Sort of Artifice.
A Message, relative to a Supply Bill, was sent up from the Lower
to the Upper House, nine Days before the Proragation, and yet
an Answer to it was returned so near the End of the Session, that

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the Lower House were not allowed Time to give it a second Read-
ing. In this Answer, I apprehend the Lower House are most in-
juriously treated; and the Purpose of the present Address to the
Public, is to vindicate their Conduct from the many gross and ground-
less Calumnies, which so plentifully abound in this matchless Per-
formance. But as if the Gentlemen had not entirely discharged their
Spleen, by this Message, against the Lower House, they have as-
sumed a new Mode of attacking them, by an Address to the Governor,
the pretended Purpose of which was, to apprize him of what had
passed between the two Houses upon the Subject of the Supply Bill;
though the real Intention was to make, to the many Accusations
contained in their Message, some few Additions, which had escaped
their happy Talents for Narrative and Invention in their other
Performance. I believe very few Gentlemen in that House will deny,
that the Governor was as fully informed of every Circumstance,
relative to the Proceedings between the two Houses, as any of their
Honours; the Harmony and amicable Correspondence (for which
good Reasons will appear in the Sequel) between him and them,
being too notorious to admit of any other Supposition; so that the
End of this Address was to exhibit a new Kind of Management in
conveying their Calumnies against the Lower House, for their
Adroitness in which, backed by proper Representations, I presume
some of their Honours expect to be duly distinguished somewhere.

There is another Circumstance of great Disingenuity in this Ad-

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dress, and that is, the Lower House cannot, by any regular Course
of Parliamentary Proceeding, take the least Notice of it, because
it being a Proceeding between the Upper House and the Governor,
the Lower House cannot be presumed to have any Parliamentary
Knowledge of it. Thus intrenched, they may discharge, with the
utmost Security, against the Representatives of the People, all the
Virulence and Abuse they are so much Masters of. In short, the
Gentlemen may plume themselves as much as they please upon the
Dexterity of their Management, but the World will give them very
little Credit for their Candour in this Proceeding, which, added to
the Circumstance of their foisting it in, by too great Influence on
the Printer, among the Proceedings of the Lower House (as if it
was a Matter within their Cognizance) favours strongly of the
true Spirit of a Jesuitical Cabal, though the Expedient is too bung-
ling, to be entitled even to the low Pretension of Cunning.

From what is premised, by Readers must be convinced of the
absolute Necessity of diverting our public Disputes into a new
Channel. By this Means the little Arts, which have thrown such a



 
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