P. R. O.
Subjects in this Province might be Supported & protected in
their Iust rights & Libertys that the house might have access
to his Excy on all Occasions for the Service of her Maty & the
Province And Freedom of Debate and lastly that if any Mis-
takes or Misunderstandings should happen He prays his
Excy will not attribute it to the house but to himself.
After which was Administerd to the said Mr Speaker & the
Delegates of Assembly the Oaths appointed instead of the
Oaths of Allegiance & Supremacy And the Oath appointed
by the Act made in the first Year of her Matys Reign for the
Declaring the Alterations in the Act &c. Which oaths the
said Members took before his Excy the Govrnour in Councill
& subscribed the later together with the Test. After which
his Excy was pleas'd thus to bespeak them.
Mr Speaker & You Gent
of the of house Delegates
Since her Maty has been Graciously pleased to entrust me
with this charge I think it proper to acquaint you I have long
served the crown with a Dutifull Fidelity and have allways
been a true Lover of my country under its Noble constitution
in church & State.
To a truely honest man of what perswasion so ever my Ears
and Bosom too shall be ever open, for good Moralls will al-
wayes haue a just Esteem in my friendship, and awell
grounded sincerity shall never be denyed a rightfull Clayme
to my Protection.
As our gracious Mistress the Queen allowes a free Tol-
leraon to all her Protestant Subjects, within this Province, you
shall have my concurrent assistance in Every thing that has
vertue and religion at bottom, not Doubting of yours to punish
all sort of Prophaneness, Immorality and faction.
You shall haue a Scheme gent of those Laws her Maty
would haue amended, and of others to be Enacted, worthy
your consideraon, there are none proposed but what are
thought highly necessary, and most of them for yor Ease and
advantage, What concernes my selfe I hope you'll soe farr
concurr with her Majestyes good intentions towards me, to
thinke I may haue as faire a pretence to your favr as my Im-
For I solemnely assure you Dureing my Administration
here, I'le doe my utmost to advance the Interest and Reputa-
tion of this Collony, and protect Every inhabitant wthin itt in
his lawfull rights, and Immunityes, I hope noe gent of this