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Address of the Corporation of New-York to Governour Tryon



Address left with his Excellency Governour Tryon, the third day of July, 1775, by the Worshipful Whitehead Hicks, Esquire, Mayor of the City of New-York:

To His Excellency WILLIAM TRYON, Esquire, Captain-General and Governour-in-Chief of the Province of NEW-YORK, and the Territories thereon depending, in AMERICA, and Vice-Admiral and Chancellor of the same:

The humble Address of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of NEW-YORK:

May it please your Excellency:

We wait upon you, Sir, to congratulate you on the better establishment of your health, and to bid you welcome to a people who, from the rectitude of your administration, could not part with you without the deepest regret, and who must therefore receive you again with all the confidence of safety and protection which the experience of your virtues and abilities can inspire.

Would to Heaven that an event so honourable to you as this fresh mark of the King' s approbation really is, and which is so acceptable to us, had found us in a condition more propitious to your felicity; for even amidst the complicated distresses of this melancholy hour, we feel an addition to our grief, from the aspect of the times upon the happiness we sincerely wish you to enjoy.

To whatever causes the suspension of the harmony once subsisting between the Parent State and her Colonies may be imputed, be assured, Sir, that we sigh with the utmost ardour for the re-establishment of the common tranquillity, upon that ancient system of Government and intercourse which has been such a fruitful source of general prosperity and opulence.

It is with affliction we behold a Nation, as renowned for wisdom as for valour, involved in a civil war, in which disloyalty in His Majesty' s American subjects to their Prince, or want of affection to their Mother Country, constitute no part of the unnatural controversy. And we trust, under a merciful God, in the aid of your intercession with His Majesty, for a speedy termination of these hostile animosities of his contending subjects, which undermine the power and threaten the destruction of the Empire.