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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March, 1707-November, 1710
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The Lower House. 199

to the Office of her Majesty's Secretary of Maryland for a
longer Duration of Time than three Years; and shall likewise
shew you the Order which the Right Honble the Lords Com-
missioners of Trade &ta sent me about this very Complaint
which plainly shews her Majesty earnestly recommends this
Bill to your Consideration, by which you will easily guess what
ill Consequences may follow your Refusal; therefore hope
you will be so prudent to shew your ready Compliance herein.
Mr Speaker. I have repeated Instructions about the four
Justices who are appointed to hold the Provincial Courts and
Annually go their Circuits twice and am commanded to let her
Majesty have speedy Notice what Provision the Country has
made to make them the better to go through the Fatigues of
their constant Attendance on that Duty. Let your Concur-
rence therefore be hearty and cheerful while it's in your Power
and banish all flattering Whispers which advise you to swallow
such a pernicious Notion that you Gentl, here assembled are
wiser than the vast Crowds of her other great Dominions,
who unanimously with open loyal Hearts run to obey and serve
her Sacred Majesty the Queen.
Her Majesty seems concerned the last Assembly threw out
the Bill for punishing those that at any Time should raise or
disperse false News during this War and am commanded to
offer it anew to you Gentlemen Delegates, nor can I believe
any reasonable well meaning Man to the Government will ever
be against it
Gentl. There is an Arrear due to the poor Men employed
to secure your Magazine during your late Disturbances and
as it was my very great Concern to preserve the Peace of the
Country, Im sure it's your Part to see those paid and rewarded
who were so ready and vigilant to serve the Public.
Gentl. It's high Time to look into the many Immoralities
of this unhappy deluded Country, where Drunkenness, Adul-
tery, Sabbath breaking and Forgery are a Jest, murder stifled
and the Malefactors glory in it Treasons thought a Trifle and
the Abettors caressed; Magistrates grow careless and the Of-
fenders impudent till these Things are in some Measure
amended by your Prudence and Example I have but slender
Hopes your Debates can be successful. But as we are all
willing to be called Christians let us in our several Stations
act like Men who deserve that noble excellent Character that
the Heathens round about us may not continue to mock at our
Hipocrisy and despise at our Religion and let that Magistrate
be stigmatized with Infamy whoever connives at or counte-
nances any Sort of Knavery or Atheism

L. H. J.

Gentl. Whenever you'll heartily and sincerely endeavour
to bring this great good Work about I should never despond

p. 319

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