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Address of the Town of Beverly



Address of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Town of Beverly, in the County of York, in Common Council assembled, transmitted to the Earl of Dartmouth, one of His Majesty' s principal Secretaries of State, and presented to His Majesty.

To the King' s Most Excellent Majesty.

The humble Address of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Town of BEVERLEY, in the County of YORK, in Common Council assembled.

We, your Majesty' s most loyal and faithful subjects, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of Beverley, in the County


of York, should think ourselves wanting both in duty and gratitude to your Majesty, did we not take this occasion of joining with the rest of your Majesty' s loyal subjects in giving this publick testimony of our utmost abhorrence of the present unnatural rebellion in some of your Majesty' s Colonies in North-America, as well as of those factious and evil-minded men, both at home and abroad, by whose means the same hath been and still is principally promoted and abetted.

When we consider the many blessings we have enjoyed since your Majesty' s accession to the Throne of these Realms, by the great extension of trade, and the consequent increase of wealth, by the many good and salutary laws which have been enacted, and, above all, by your Majesty' s just and lenient government over us, we cannot sufficiently express our detestation of all those societies, or sets of men, who (contrary to the allegiance they owe and have sworn unto your Majesty) are now, by their inflammatory letters and publications, in a most daring manner, sowing the seeds of sedition among us, and thereby endeavouring, as much as in them lies, to involve us at home as well as abroad in all the calamities of a civil war.

We beg leave, therefore, in the most respectful and dutiful manner, to assure your Majesty, that we will, at all times, to the utmost of our power, be ready to support your Majesty, and the honour and dignity of your Crown, as well as the legislative authority of these Realms, in the defence of our most valuable Constitution, against all such attempts of your Majesty' s seditious or deluded subjects, either at home or abroad.

Given under our common seal, this twenty-seventh day of September, in the year of our Lord 1775.