A sufficient Number of Delegates to compose the Lower House
of Assembly being convened at the Stadt-House, Ordered, That
Col. Harrison and Capt. Sulivane do acquaint his Honour the Presi-
dent therewith: They return, and acquaint Mr. Speaker they de-
livered the Message.
Col. Hammond, and Samuel Chamberlaine, Esq; from the Upper
House, acquaint Mr. Speaker, that his Honour the President re-
quires the Attendance of the Lower House of Assembly in the
Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and (attended by the Members of
the Lower House) went to the Upper House; where the President
made the following Speech:
Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly,
L. H. J.
Liber No. 47
The Administration of this Government devolving upon me, by
the Death of our late Governor, obliges me to call you together,
that we may consider what Laws are near expiring, and which of
them it is the interest of the Country to continue longer. Altho' I
am conscious that my own Abilities are much inferior to those of
the worthy Gentleman we have lost, yet as I am under all the Ties
of Nature and Interest to promote the Happiness of Maryland, as
far as I possibly can, so I flatter myself, that with your Advice and
Concurrence (upon which I shall always rely), we shall be able, in
good Measure, to avert the ill Consequence of the great Loss we
have lately sustained; and I know no better Means to crown our
Endeavours for that desirable End with Success, than Unanimity
and Harmony among ourselves, in carrying on the Public Business
with Dispatch, and with as little Expence to the Country as possible.
Mr. Speaker (attended by the Members) returned to the Lower
House, and re-assumed the Chair.
Mr. Richard Gresham and Mr. William Rasin, two Delegates re-
turned to serve in this Assembly for Kent County; Mr. William
Govane, Mr. Thomas Franklin, and Mr. Lloyd Buchanan, three of
the Delegates returned to serve in this Assembly for Baltimore
County; appeared in the House: Ordered, That Capt. Williamson
and Mr. Pearce do go with those Gentlemen to the Upper House,
to see them there qualified. They return, and acquaint Mr. Speaker
that they were qualified by taking the Oaths to the Government
in the usual Manner.
The Gentlemen took their Seats in the House.
The House continues the Gentlemen, that were on the several
Committees last Session, on the same Committees this Session.
Ordered, That the Rules of last Session be observed as such this
Resolved, That the Hours of Sitting for Dispatch of Public
Business be from 9 of the Clock in the Forenoon until 12, and
from 2 of the Clock Afternoon until 6.