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Address of the Assembly


Die Veneris, 10 ho˙, A˙ M˙, the 20th January, 1775.

The House resumed the consideration of his Honour' s Speech, and agreed to the following Address in answer thereto:

To the Honourable CADWALLADER COLDEN, Esquire, his Majesty' s Lieutenant-Governour and Commander-in-Chief, in and over the Colony of NEW-YORK, and the Territories depending thereon in AMERICA.

The humble Address of the General Assembly of the said Colony.

May it please your Honour:

We, his Majesty' s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, beg leave to return your Honour our most hearty thanks for your Speech.

The assurances your Honour has given us of cheerfully promoting whatever may be conducive to the dignity of his Majesty' s Government, and the happiness of the people in this Colony, merit our most grateful acknowledgments.

The provision for the support of his Majesty' s Government, and the necessary allowances for his service, shall be the objects of our attention, together with the ordinary business of the session.

Affected with the deepest concern by the distressed state of the Colonies, and impressed with a due sense of the fatal consequences attending the unhappy dispute between Great Britain and his Majesty' s American Dominions, we feel the most afflicting anxiety at the alarming crisis. Fully convinced that the happiness of our constituents depends greatly on the wisdom of our present measures, we shall exercise the important trust they have reposed in us, with firmness and fidelity, and with calmness and deliberation pursue the most probable means to obtain a redress of our grievances; and it affords us the highest satisfaction to hear from your Honour, that our most gracious Sovereign will be attentive to the complaints of his American subjects, and ready with paternal tenderness, to grant us relief. — Anxious for the interest and happiness of our country, and earnestly solicitous for the re-establishment of harmony with Great Britain, we shall discountenance every measure which may tend to increase our distress, and, by our conduct, shew ourselves truly desirous of a cordial and permanent reconciliation with our parent Kingdom.

The absence of our most worthy Governour-in-Chief, whose upright conduct so deservedly acquired him the affections of the Colony, will, we have the strongest reason to expect, be less sensibly felt from the wise administration of his experienced successor. The confidence your Honour has been pleased to repose in our attachment to our happy Constitution, and our regard for the interest and prosperity of the British Empire, demand the exertion of our most strenuous efforts to co-operate with you in endeavouring to restore the tranquillity so ardently desired by all true friends to the mother country and the Colonies.

By order of the General Assembly.


Assembly Chamber, City of New-York, 20th of January, 1775.

Resolved, That the said Address be presented to his Honour the Lieutenant-Governour, by the whole House.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Kissam and Captain Seaman wait on his Honour the Lieutenant-Governour, to know when and where he will be pleased to be attended by the House, with their humble Address.

Colonel Seaman reported that Mr˙ Kissam and himself had waited on his Honour the Lieutenant-Governour, and delivered their Message, and that his Honour had been


pleased to say he would receive the Address of this House at half past two o' clock, at his house, in the City of New-York.