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Tuesday, December 6, 1774


TUESDAY, December 6, 1774.

The Lord Beauchamp reported, from the Committee appointed yesterday to draw up an Address to be presented to his Majesty, that the Committee had drawn up an Address accordingly, which they had directed him to report to the House; and he read the same in his place, and afterwards delivered it at the Clerk' s table, where the same was read, and is as followeth, viz:

Most Gracious Sovereign:

We, your Majesty' s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of Great Britain, in Parliament assembled, return your Majesty our humble thanks for your most gracious Speech from the throne.

Permit us to assure your Majesty that we receive with the highest sense of your Majesty' s goodness, the early information which you have been pleased to give us of the state of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay.

We feel the most sincere concern that a spirit of disobedience and resistance to the law should still unhappily prevail in that Province, and that it has broke forth in fresh violences of a most criminal nature; and we cannot


but lament that such proceedings should have been countenanced and encouraged in any other of your Majesty' s Colonies; and that any of your subjects should have been so far deluded and misled as to make rash and unwarrantable attempts to obstruct the commerce of your Majesty' s Kingdoms by unlawful combinations.

We beg leave to present our most dutiful thanks to your Majesty for having taken such measures as your Majesty judged most proper and effectual for carrying into execution the laws which were passed in the last session of the late Parliament, for the protection and security of the commerce of your Majesty' s subjects, and for restoring and preserving peace, order, and good government in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay.

Your faithful Commons, animated by your Majesty' s gracious assurances, will use every means in their power to assist your Majesty in maintaining, entire and inviolate, the supreme authority of this Legislature over all the Dominions of your Crown; being truly sensible that we should betray the trust reposed in us, and be wanting in every duty which we owe to your Majesty, and to our fellow-subjects, if we failed to give our most zealous support to those great constitutional principles which govern your Majesty' s conduct in this important business, and which are so essential to the dignity, safety, and welfare of the British Empire.

We learn, with great satisfaction, that a treaty of peace is concluded between Russia and the Porte; and that by this happy event the general tranquillity is rendered complete; and we entertain a well-grounded hope that your Majesty' s constant endeavours to prevent the breaking out of fresh disturbances will be attended with success; as your Majesty continues to receive the strongest assurances from other Powers of their being equally disposed to preserve the peace.

We assure your Majesty that we will, with the utmost cheerfulness, grant to your Majesty every necessary supply;


and that we consider ourselves bound by gratitude, as well as duly, to give every proof of our most affectionate attachment to a Prince who, during the whole course of his reign, has made the happiness of his people the object of all his views, and the rule of all his actions.

The said Address being read a second time,

Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Address to be presented to his Majesty.

Resolved, That the said Address be presented to his Majesty by the whole House.

Ordered, That such Members of this House as are of his Majesty' s most honourable Privy Council, do humbly know his Majesty' s pleasure, when he will be attended by this House.