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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1737-1740
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144 Assembly Proceedings, May 3-23, 1738.

U. H. J.
No. 33

The Lower house attend and his Excellency Orders them to return
to their own House and make choice of a Speaker.
Messrs Dulany and Hanson from the Lower House acquaint his
Excellency their house hath made choice of a Speaker
Benjamin Tasker Esqr is sent to the Lower house to inform them
his Excellency requires their Attendance in the Upper house to
present their Speaker for his approbation
The whole House attend and present John Mackall Esqr as their
Speaker with which Choice his Excellency declares himself well
pleased whereupon his Excellency makes the followg Speech

p. 5"

Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly
I am sorry our late news has given me so just an Occasion of Con-
doling with you on the death of that most Excellent Princess Our
late most Gracious Queen whose great and Royal Virtues ren-
dered her Person when living truly amiable to all his Majestys Sub-
jects and must endear her name to latest Posterity
Among the several Laws that will expire this Session & may be
thought expedient to be revived the duty of my Station Obliges me
to recommend particularly to your care the Act for purchasing arms
and Ammunition and I can make no doubt of your Readiness to con-
tinue a Fund which is to provide as far as it will Go in so essential
a Manner for the Safety of this Province and the Security of its
I cannot omit participating to you the Satisfaction I have had on
the Receipt of his Majestys Most Gracious Order in Council for
restoring and preserving Peace and Quietness on our Borders and I
think it no inconsiderable Circumstance of our Happiness that this
Tranquillity has been procured by the Generous & indulgent Care of
our Lord Proprietary without the Load of an Extraordinary publick
supply while our neighbors have Raised large sums for the carrying
on of those disturbances equally prejudicial to themselves as to us
whatever unhappy notions may have been instilled into them by
those whose Interest it was to deceive them and I hope we may with
Justice say that whatever Inclinations to Peace our Neighbouring
Government might pretend or amuse their People with or whatever
Applications they have seemed to make to his Majesty yet this re-
stored Peace and Quietness are founded only on the humble and
sincere Instances and desires from this Province
His Lordship has not shewn less Benevolence towards his tenants
in his late Order to his Agent for the setting of the Rates of Foreign
Gold and Silver to be taken in discharge of his Quit rents and Aliena-
tion Fines

p. 512

These remarkable Instances of his Lordships great Goodness are
such unquestionable Proofs of his Sincere inclinations and endeav-

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