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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1757-1761
Volume 9, Page 342   View pdf image (33K)
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342 Correspondence of Governor Sharp?.

Letter Bk. IV After the Assembly broke up I got Copies of the Aliens Laws
that were sometime ago made in Virga & N York & which
are alluded to in the Protest & laid them together with the
Bill which our Lower House had framed before his Ldp's
Attorney Genl desiring him at the same time to consider
them well & then to draw up such a Bill as he should think
His Ldp might properly & securely assent to & as might
make the Passing any other Aliens Law hereafter unnecessary
which you'll perceive was not done by the Bill which the Upper
House refused to pass. The Truth is that the Germans in
general have always appeared averse to taking the Oaths to
the Governts which I think in the present Situation of Affairs
it is highly proper they should take & if an Act was to pass
for Naturalizing all of them that have died in this Province (as
the Bill in question proposed to do) without requiring or
directing those of them that are now living among us to
qualify themselves for holding Lands by taking the Oaths
scarcely one of them would be prevailed on do so; but they
would rely that if ever Disputes should arise hereafter about
their Titles another Aliens Bill would be immediately passed
which perhaps might be then productive of some Confusion
especially if it should happen that the Judges of His Ldp's
Land Office should have granted Escheats Warrants for any
Tracts which such Aliens might have died possess't of. This
future Evil you will perceive is provided against by Mr Bord-
ley's Draft a Copy of which (marked B) I shall transmit
together with Copies of the Virga & N York Laws (marked
C & D) that you may submit it to His Ldp & obtain his Com-
mands for me thereupon which I shall hope to receive before
the Assembly meets again as I don't doubt but the Lower
p. 40 House will at the next Session send up again the Bill which
they offered in Novemr last & which the Upper House at that
time refused. I cannot find that any such Aliens Act as the
One in Question hath been ever passed in Pensilva but it has
been usual there for the Germans to be Naturalized by par-
ticular Act of Assembly whenever they applied to the Legisla-
ture & if any Aliens have taken up & sold Lands or died
possessed of any the Proprietaries never that I can learn took
Advantage of such Persons having not been naturalized nor
disturbed those who possess't under their Title.
Together with the Papers abovementioned you will find a
Petition from the Revd Mr Bacon addressed to me which was
presented by several Gentn of the Council who Interested
themselves in his Behalf & hope His Ldp will be prevailed on
to remit his Share of the Tobo that Mr Bacon has forfeited
which as You'll perceive amounts in the whole to 5000lbs The
Clause of the Act of Assembly which Subjects Mr Bacon

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