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Address of the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of Forres to the King

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ADDRESS OF THE PROVOST, ETC˙, OF FORRES (SCOTLAND) TO THE KING.

Address of the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of Forres, presented to His Majesty by Henry Dundas, Esq˙, Lord Advocate of Scotland.

Most Gracious Sovereign:

Deeply impressed with a just and grateful sense of the many invaluable blessings we enjoy under your Majesty' s mild and beneficent reign, the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of Forres, humbly beg leave to approach the Throne, to declare their firm attachment to your Majesty' s person and administration.

We beg leave to assure your Majesty that we will, with the greatest cheerfulness, to the utmost of our power, support the dignity of your Crown, and the honour of Great Britain, in reducing the rebellious Colonies in North America to a sense of the duty they owe to your Majesty and the Parent State.

Though we abhor the turbulent and seditious spirit that actuates the refractory Colonies, and applaud the spirited coercive measures that are now adopted by Administration to reduce them to a proper allegiance to their King, and dependance on the Mother Country; instigated by the feelings of humanity, we commiserate the fate of our unhappy deluded fellow-subjects, who, excited by a malevolent domestick faction, have heedlessly plunged themselves into all the horrours of a most unnatural civil war; and rejoice to think that when they return to their duty, they will be again received under the protection of the best Government that ever human wisdom framed, and into the favour of a Prince whose glory it is to be in every respect a constitutional and patriotick King.

We felicitate your Majesty and ourselves on having the prospect of a national and well-regulated Militia in North Britain, which we are convinced will answer every good purpose Government can expect.

That your Majesty may be speedily enabled to restore peace to your Colonies, and diffuse happiness over all the British Empire, is the fervent prayer of,

May it please your Majesty, your Majesty' s most loyal, and most dutiful subjects.

Signed by appointment, the seal of the Burgh being affixed,

JAMES GRANT, Provost.

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