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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1758-1761
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4 Assembly Proceedings, Oct. 23-Nov. 4, 1758.

U. H. J.
Liber No. 35
Oct. 23
p. 363

I will not enter into a detail of the measures which were then pur-
sued but shall only Observe to you that they were Such as unhappily
gave occasion for an odious Distinction to be made Between the
Inhabitants of Maryland and those of the Neighbouring Colonies,
and inclined his Majesty's Generals who were appointed to command
his Forces in these parts to entertain a very unfavourable Opinion
of the People of this Province
Being However well Satisfied myself that it was far from the
Desire of the People in General to be exempted from Contributing
their Quota for the Expedition which General Forbes in Obedience
to his Majestys especial order was then about to undertake and in
the Event whereof none could be more interested than themselves,
I thought it my Duty to assure the General when I paid him a visit
on the Frontiers of Pensylvania that if such aids as he might have
expected from us were not granted it ought not to be Attributed to
want of Inclination in the People of Maryland to promote the Service
but to an accidental Difference in opinion, and an unhappy Dis-
agreem.t Between the two Houses of Assembly about the mode of
raising the necessary Supplies which I flattered myself would not be
the Case at any future Session
By this Representation the General was induced as you may
learn from a Letter of his which shall be laid before you to Advance
a Sum of Money on the Credit of the Province to encourage the
Maryland Troops to Continue in the Service dureing the Campaign,
and untill the Legislature should meet again and agree on a Bill for
Reimbursing his Excellency and paying of the arrears that might
be then due to Lieutenant Col.o Dagworthy and the Companies
under his Command: you will also see that in Compassion to M.r
Ross, who haveing victualled our Troops at Fort Cumberland and
Fort Frederick in Consequence of an agreement made Last year
with the agents, was greatly Distressed by the Assembly's breaking
up without putting it in those Gentlemens Power to pay him, his
Excellency hath been pleased to advance him Likewise some Money
to Support his Credit untill Supplies shall be raised and the agents
be impowered to pay what upon a Settlem.t shall appear due to him
I do not Exactly know what M.r Rosses Claim and the arrears of
pay that are now due to our Troops amount to, but I belive the
whole doth not exceed thirteen or Fourteen Thousand pounds at
the most a Sum that is very inconsiderable in Comparison of the
Supplies which have been granted this year by the other Colonies
for his Majestys Service and much Less I am persuaided than the
Inhabitants of this Province can afford and would Chearfully give
for the Same Purpose.

p. 364

What has been now Communicated to you I am desired to Recom-
mend in the first place to your Consideration, and that your

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