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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1771 to June-July, 1773
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The Lower House. 237

Regulation, are so opposite to the Opinion of the Assembly in 1755,
I shall not undertake absolutely to pronounce. In 1755, as appears
by your Journals, Lord Baltimore threatened his Dissent to the
Inspection Law, then in fforce, because it contained a Regulation of
Officers ffees, and of foreign Coins: His Instruction being com-
municated by the Governor, the Lower House expressed their Sor-
row, that a Regulation of Officers ffees, agreed upon after the most
mature Deliberation, and that had subsisted for five Years, been
revived and continued, should be objected to by his Lordship; and
declared their Opinion, that the Parts respecting Officers ffees and
foreign Coins were of great Advantage, and highly conducive to
the Ease and Quiet of the People. The Governor was then prevailed

L. H. J.

Liber No. 54

Nov. 30

upon by the Council, to suspend the Publication of his Lordship's
Dissent, and on the Representation and earnest Solicitation of the
Council, his Lordship withdrew his Instruction.
I am willing to impute my present Disappointment to the fflame
you were blown into at the Opening of the Session, by the mistaken
Construction or Explanation of a Proclamation issued by me, solely
for the Benefit of the People of this Province, by Nine Tenths of
whom I have the greatest Reason to think it was so understood. I
must add, that I sincerely wish the same Zeal for the Service of this
Province which has all along actuated my Conduct, was diffused
amongst others, and it is not now too late to hope it may be so

His Lordship's Officers throughout the Province, are thoroughly
acquainted with my Sentiments, and the Consequence of any Dis-
obedience of the Orders issued by me with respect to any Imposition
on, or Extortion from the People, during the Want of the Inspection
Law, I am therefore under no Necessity of repeating the Proclama-
tion on that Head, otherwise, notwithstanding your Address, I most
certainly should do what I think my Duty in the Situation I am
placed requires; and whilst I continue therein, I hope my Actions
will ever evince, that the Prosperity of the Province is the First
Object of my Wishes.
Gentlemen of both Houses,
It is full Time to put an End to this Session. By and with the
Advice therefore of his Lordship's Council of State, I hereby pro-
rogue this Assembly to the Day of February next, being the
third Tuesday of that Month; and you will accordingly take Notice
that you are prorogued to that Time.
So endeth this Session of Assembly, this Day of November,
in the Twenty first Year of the Dominion of the Right Honourable
Frederick Absolute Lord and Proprietary of the Provinces of Mary-
land and Avalon Lord Baron of Baltimore &.ta, and in the Year of

our Lord 1771
Test Jn.° Duckett Cl. Lo. Ho.

p. 302

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