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Address of the Borough of Leeds



Address of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Borough of Leeds, in the County of York, presented to His Majesty by Edwin Lascelles, Esq˙, one of the Representatives in Parliament for the County of York.

To the King' s Most Excellent Majesty.

The humble Address of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Borough of LEEDS, in the County of YORK.

Most Gracious Sovereign:

We, your Majesty' s most loyal and dutiful subjects, beg leave (as we think it our indispensable duty at this time) to approach the throne, and with the utmost zeal and sincerity to declare our grateful and affectionate attachment to your royal person and family.

Convinced of your Majesty' s great regard for the glorious Constitution of this Country, and the real happiness of all your subjects, permit us to assure your Majesty, that we shall at all times be ready to join in supporting the rights and authorities of the British Legislature and the just prerogatives of the Crown.

It is with very great concern we observe that our fellow subjects in America disclaim all obedience to the laws of their Mother Country; but whatever sorrow or compassion we may feel for those misguided people, we think it not only our duty, but our interest, to afford every assistance in our power towards reducing them to due subjection, however disagreeable the means necessary to be used for that purpose may be; and your Majesty may rest assured that we shall at all times persevere in supporting such measures as may be thought necessary for ascertaining and maintaining the legislative authority of this Kingdom, and reducing your Majesty' s rebellious subjects to proper obedience.

Given under our common seal, this twenty-eighth dav of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five.

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