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The King' s Message, of Seventh March, 1774

From the Earl of Dartmouth


MONDAY, March 7th, 1774.

The Earl of Dartmouth acquainted the House, "That he had a Message from his Majesty, under his Royal sign manual, which his Majesty had commanded him to deliver to this House."

The King' s Message

And the same was read by the Lord Chancellor, and is as follows; (videlicet,)


His Majesty upon information of the unwarrantable practices which have been lately concerted and carried on in North America, and, particularly, of the violent and outrageous proceedings at the Town and Port of Boston, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, with a view to obstructing the Commerce of this Kingdom, and upon grounds and pretences immediately subversive of the Constitution thereof, hath thought fit to lay the whole matter before his two Houses of Parliament, fully confiding, as well in their zeal for the maintenance of his Majesty' s authority, as in their attachment to the common interest and welfare of all his Dominions, that they will not only enable his Majesty effectually to take such measures as may be most likely to put an immediate stop to the present disorders, but will also take into their most serious consideration, what farther regulations and permanent provisions may be necessary to be established for better, securing the execution of the Laws, and the just dependence of the Colonies upon the Crown and Parliament of Great Britain.

G˙ R.

The said Message was then read again by the Clerk.