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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, April 26, 1700-May 3, 1704
Volume 24, Page 226   View pdf image (33K)
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226 Assembly Proceedings, Mar. 16, 1701/2-Mar. 25, 1702.


barous kind of Enemy are not obliged by carrying of any
Baggage or Artillery to keep the improved Roads or pass by
our Forts but can easily and Suddenly descend upon us over
the unbeaten & unoccupyed mountains as we have found by

p. 219

2 We have several nations of Indians on our Frontiers

some between us and New York and come to the Westward

of us and wide of New York and some among us who are
frequently committing Rapines and Murders on our frontier
Inhabitants to secure whom as well as the Province in General
this Province has within this 3 years been at the charge of
many hundred thousd pounds of Tobo & tho we have for this
last 3 or 4 months been quiet by the winter Season we are in
great Fears of new Incursions in the Spring having no Assur-
ance of their faithfulness to us
3 We have no means of raising mony but by Imposition
of Goods Exported and Imported of which Commodities as
Exportation of Tobo is twenty times more than all the rest
and in laying any thing upon that we are constrained to be
very tender by occasion of the Duty payable on the Same in
England and the Commission that is thereby advanced to the
Merch' for whom the same is consigned for Sale
4 To raise mony by Tax on the Inhabitants is utterly im-
practicable here for there is Several hundd Familys nay the
greatest Part of the whole Province have not 5s by them nor
any means to raise it because there is very little amongst us
and that a base Coin that is not Current with our neighbours
nor have we any Liberty yet from his Majesty to advance
coin so as to introduce it among us by means whereof the
best in the Province are oftentimes put to a Streight to pro-
cure mony for their travelling pocket Expences

p. 220

5 This Province has several Times heretofore been reduced
to very great Extremity and Danger by those very Nations on
our back to the impoverishing and almost destruction of the
men & Substance of this Province which we always sustained
without any Assistance from New York or any other neigh-
bour Government except Virginia who was equally Concerned
in the same at Some times
6 The great Charge We have lately been at in raising
mony to build a Statehouse free School church and Prison on
a new Seat of Government att Annapolis hath putt on us
another great Burthen which is not yet discharged
7 That it may be Considered how far the mony will com-
pass the designed End and when all our neighbours (under
better Circumstances than we) has not answered their Propor-
tion and how discouraging it will be to us to remitt our
Treasure and Strength to New York and lay our Nakedness

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