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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March, 1707-November, 1710
Volume 27, Page 214   View pdf image (33K)
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214 Assembly Proceedings, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 1708.

L. H. J.

Charles County
James Smallwood
Mr William Stone
Mr John Beale
Captain William Herbert

Baltimore County
Mr Richard Colegate
James Maxwell
Mr James Philips
Mr William Pickett

Prince George's County

Mr Robert Bradley
Mr Robert Tyler
Mr John Bradford

Queen Ann's County
Mr John Salter
Mr John Whittington
Mr Solomon Wright
Mr Philemon Hemsley

Captain Jones brought into the House the Petition of Henry
Mr Speaker brings into the House the Address to her
Majesty Which the House approves and ordered to be entered
as follows
The humble Address of the Delegates and Representatives
of the several and respective Counties of the Province of
Maryland now sitting in a General Assembly Sheweth to your
That his Excellency, John Seymour Esquire our present
Governor hath given us to understand your Majestys Dissas-
sent to two Bills one about the Gauge of Tobacco Hogsheads
and the other against the Cropping and defacing Tobacco
which we believe your Majesty would not have denied your
Royal Assent if any had appeared for us to have made your
Majesty sensible of the Reasonableness of the said Bills. And
first we humbly beg Leave to lay before your Majesty the true
State of the Trade of this Province as it is at present and hath
been [in] the late Wars and this. And so it is that the Merchants
living at London, most usually during the Wars, adventure on
their own Account little or nothing, most great Ships being
either owned or hired by them bring not one Penny worth of
Goods to barter or purchase Tobacco but come only on ffreight
to which they have great Encouragement by their Artifices in
raising it to an extravagant Height. But the Tobacco that
loads and employs so many large and defensible Ships pays
such vast Sums to your Majesty's Coffers and purchases such
abundance of the Goods and Manufactures of Great Britain is
the proper Tobacco of the Planters Merchants and Inhabitants
of this Province and at their proper Risque and Hazard sent
to London and the Duties thereof in great Measure paid with
the proper Monies of such as are pretty well aforehand and
can leave Money in London Merchants Hands who act as our
Agents and ffactors and thereby with little or no Hazard most

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certainly gather vast Wealth and Estates by their Commission


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