Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly
As I have an Intention to visit my Native Country upon Account
of my Health which for some time past I have very much wanted.
And not knowing how suddenly I might undertake the Voyage I
inclined to a Session of Assembly at this time pursuant to Your Last
Prorogation, That I might once more at least Joyne with You in my
best Endeavours for the Real Service of the Country, A Scene
wherein I shall ever be ready to Act the Kindest and Sincerest Part.
His Lordship the Lord Proprietary having Transmitted me his
Answer to your Joint Address in the last Session. I shall lay the
same before you pursuant to His Lordships Directions.
I must renew my former Recommendation of Care & Circum-
spection in the pening of our Laws since the use as well as the
Creditt of them will much depend thereon.
I am informed by some of the Naval Officers that severall persons
(who in their Opinions seem not Entituled thereto) claim the Bene-
fitt of the Laws made in favour of Residents, as to the Publick Duties,
and in as much as those Laws are by many thought not sufficiently
clear in their Expressions. An Explanation thereupon may clear all
Doubts; and prevent further Disputes, which I hope you will there-
fore Consider of.
Altho we must Principally rely on the Divine Providence for an
happy Issue to all our Consultations yet on our Part we must not be
wanting in a Calm and Diligent Attention thereto: Would we seek
after Wisdom we must seek her in the Temple of Concord, there only
she delights to dwell, there may be had freedom of Converse with her,
and Moderation only can shew us the paths that lead thereto.
And as I have such Intentions of leaving for some time His Lord-
ships Good Tenants here; they may be Assured, that my best En-
deavours shall not be wanting in England, upon any occasion wherein
I can be Serviceable to them; However the prudence of your owne
measures may be greatly Assistant to my best Inclinations in the
service of the Province of Maryland.
His Lordships Answer to the Address of both Houses of Assembly
London The Twenty Nineth day of Janry 1730/1
Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly.