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Address of the Mayor, Etc., of Poole

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ADDRESS OF THE MAYOR, ETC˙, OF POOLE.

Address of the Mayor, Aldermen, Burgesses, and principal Inhabitants of the Town and County of Poole, presented to His Majesty by Sir Eyre Coote, Knight of the Bath, one of their Representatives in Parliament.

To the King' s Most Excellent Majesty.

Most Gracious Sovereign:

We, your Majesty' s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Mayor, Aldermen, Burgesses, and principal Inhabitants of your Town and County of Poole, most humbly beg leave to assure your Majesty of our unfeigned duly and inviolable

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attachment to your Majesty' s sacred person and royal authority, and with thankful hearts to acknowledge your Majesty' s paternal care and vigilance for the honour of this Nation and the general good of your subjects.

Convinced as we are that nothing has been wanting on your Majesty' s part to accelerate and promote these great and glorious ends, permit us, royal Sir, to express how deeply we are affected and concerned to find that our fellow-subjects in America still hold out an obstinate resistance to the legislative authority of this Kingdom; but, nevertheless, we hope that the time is not far off, when these unhappy and deluded people may be brought to a sense of their duty, and obedience to the laws of their parent State; and it is our most ardent wish that it may be the work of your Majesty' s justice to accomplish that great purpose.

Permit us, most gracious Sovereign, to assure you that we are steadfast in our allegiance, unalterable in our loyalty, unanimous in the defence of your Majesty' s sacred person and Government; and that we will cheerfully devote the utmost exertion of our abilities to crush all impious attempts, either foreign or domestick, to subvert our present happy Constitution.

Poole, September 20, 1775.

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