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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March, 1707-November, 1710
Volume 27, Page 63   View pdf image (33K)
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The Lower House. 63

that his Excellency and Council commands him and the whole
House to give their immediate Attendance at the Council
Chamber. Thereupon they attended his Excellency at the
Council Chamber where his Excellency was pleased to declare
to them by his Speech as follows Vizt

Mr Speaker and you Gentlemen Delegates
Since we are obliged to follow and observe the Sanctions of
our great Pattern, the Parliament of England, we may well
conclude (unless some extraordinary Occasion calls for your
Assistance) our Meeting now will be the last Session of this
present Assembly.
And that Posterity may not put an ill Gloss on our good
Meaning I earnestly recommend to you a serious Retrospection
into some Laws not long since revised and left now more
ambiguous than at first; and the amending others lately made
which we intended for good Ones by the House; but are in
Reality re infecta particularly that of erecting Ports and Towns
which seems not to be sufficiently coercive in some of the
most material Branches. Another to outlaw Richard Clarke
whose Crimes are so notoriously aggravated they cry aloud for
Justice; and therefore cannot doubt of your ready Concurrence
in an effectual Clause for the future Ease and Quiet of her
Majesty's good Subjects nor the rectifying and amending the
others while it is in your Power which will sufficiently testify
your good honest Intentions to after Ages

L. H. J.

Gentlemen, I am very glad to give you a remarkable fresh
Instance of her Gracious Majesty's good Inclinations towards
us of this Province in a late Instruction I received to appoint
four Itinerate Judges that every Man without the Fatigue and
Charge of coming hither may have Justice done him in his own
proper County; This Gentlemen, will be a true Encourage-
ment to propagate good Learning and Literature in the Coun-
try, that your Posterity may qualify themselves to perform the
Duties of the highest Stations; for at present that seems to
be absolutely necessary since her Majesty you Judges born
within your own Bounds which is really so inducing a Consid-
eration, you will, I hope, like good Subjects ever gratefully
acknowledge Her Majesty's Honble Council have with me
truly considered of the most proper Methods to render this
her Majesty's Royal indulgent Care of us most effectually good
to the Public, and shall transmit you a Scheme drawn up by
the best Advice we could procure, which I doubt not will en-
courage your ready Assistance in a Matter of such Moment to
All; if any Disputes should arise how these Judges should be
supported, I would never have you forget by whose Authority
you sit, and on all Occasions to remember our Royal Sover-

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