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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1755-1756
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The Lower House. 47

A sufficient Number of the Members of the Lower House being
convened at the Stadt-House, Ordered, That M.r Edward Tilghman
and Capt. Jordan, do acquaint his Excellency therewith.

They return and acquaint M.r Speaker that they delivered the

George Plater, and Richard Lee, from the Upper House,
acquaint M.r Speaker that the Governor requires the Attendance of
the Lower House immediately in the Upper House.

M.r Speaker left the Chair, and with the rest of the Members of
the Lower House went to the Upper House where his Excellency
made a Speech to both Houses of Assembly.

M.r Speaker (with the Members of the Lower House) Returned
and reassumed the Chair.

On Reading here the Governor's Speech a Copy of which was
Delivered by him to M.r Speaker, Contained in the following Words,

L. H. J.
Liber No. 48
February 22

Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly,
As you have already Expressed yourselves Sufficiently Sensible
of the fatal Consequences that must attend the Enemys remaining
Masters of that Part of his Majestys Dominions to the Westward
on which they have lately presumed to raise Forts and make Settle-
ments and have promised that Nothing shall be wanting on your Part
to avert the Imminent Danger with which their Vicinity threatens
us, it only remains with me now to hope that you will fall on the
most prudent and unexceptionable Measures to Raise as large a Sum
as the Circumstances of this Province will allow; and generously and
gratefully express your Duty to the best of Kings, and your Care
and Regard for the Lives and Fortunes of Yourselves and Fellow-
Subjects: the Advice and Instructions I have received from Home,
since our last Meeting, might give me Occasion to Enlarge on the
Tender and Paternal Care that his Majesty has been most graciously
pleased to shew, for the Security and Welfare of his Subjects in
these Parts of his Dominions but as I am persuaded that I need not
attempt to add to the Weight of a Letter, that I have received from
One of his Majestys principal Secretarys of State which sets in
the strongest Light that and the several other Motives, which should
prompt us to exert ourselves on this Occasion I will satisfy myself
with laying it before you; and with Exhorting you to consider how
far the Season is already advanced and to finish the Business for
which you are assembled, with the greatest Dispatch.
Gentlemen I take this Occasion of recommending to you, to regu-
late the Hire of Waggons and Horses in Case the Service should
require us at any time to impress either in this Government which
I do not doubt but you will think highly proper and Reasonable

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