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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March, 1707-November, 1710
Volume 27, Page 268   View pdf image (33K)
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268 Assembly Proceedings, Nov. 29-Dec. 15, 1708.

L. H. J.

Honour to be constituted Governor of Maryland: And if some
sour ill natured Incendiaries had not lately used their utmost
malicious Insinuations to disturb and debauch her Majesty's
other well meaning Subjects who came well prepared and
honestly inclined to serve their Queen and Country there had
been no Occasion for convening an Assembly so late in the
year therefore let me enjoin you to lay aside all Annimosities,
unnecessary Heats and private Piques, that with Calmness
you may thoroughly consider the publick Interest with some
Regard to the Character her Majesty has graciously given
me, being ready to concur with you in what good Laws our
Sovereign has, with great Tenderness recommended and others
which you may think proper to be presented this Session for
as I'm heartily willing to serve the Province to my utmost I'll
never give you any just Reason to believe I will be a Victim
to the restless Antimonarchial Spirit of an ungovernable Fac-
tion, but as I have always studied Loyalty to God Almighty's
Vicegerent on Earth with all Sincerity and Friendship, I would
glady inculcate that Honble Principle into the Minds of every
Gentleman here present, Mr Speaker, What I have further to
offer unto you this Time is what I recommended to the late
Convention, That her Majesty has been pleased to disapprove
of two Laws lately made here, the one against Masters Crop-
ping Tobacco on Board their Ships and the other about the
Gauge of Tobacco Hogsheads and commands me to tell ye
'til her Royal Pleasure that we in this Province conform to the
Size of those in Virginia and recommends a new Law to be
made for that Purpose.
Gentlemen, Her Majesty thinks Sir Thomas Lawrence hardly
used in Respect of the ordinary Licenses which her late Attor-
ner General has reported to belong to his Office of Secretary.
Mr Speaker shall have the Report, and her Majty's Order
thereon, and what Orders I have received from the Right
Honble the Lords Commissioners of Trade &ta on Sir Thomas's
Complaint whereby you will perceive how earnestly her Ma-
jesty recommends a Law to appropriate the Fines of those
Licenses to his Office for a longer Duration of Time than

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three Years therefore hope you will be so prudent to shew
your ready Compliance herein. Mr Speaker, and you Gentle-
men Delegates, 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 know speedy Notice what Provision the Country
has made to enable them the better to go through the Fatigues
of their constant Attendance on that Duty Let your Concur-
rence therefore be hearty and chearful while it's in your Power
and banish all flattering Whispers which advise you to swallow

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