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Address of the Provost, etc., of the Royal Burgh of Wick, to the King



Address of the Provost, Magistrates, and Common Council of the Royal Burgh of Wick, in Council assembled, presented to His Majesty by John Sinclair, Esq.

Unto the King' s most Excellent Majesty.

The humble Address of the Provost, Magistrates, and Common Council of the Royal Burgh of WICK, in Council assembled.

MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN: We, your Majesty' s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Provost, Magistrates, and Common Council of the Royal Burgh of Wick, for ourselves, and in behalf of the other inhabitants of this Burgh, beg leave most humbly to approach your Majesty with the genuine sentiments of hearts full of loyalty and affection to the best of Kings, and flowing with gratitude for the invaluable blessings and privileges which we enjoy under a mild and constitutional Government.

We should be wanting in duty to your Majesty, to your Parliament, and to our country, did we not declare to the world our hearty disapprobation and abhorrence of the rebellious conduct of our fellow-subjects in America, and of the seditious spirit of a discontented faction at home, whom we consider as the worst enemies of their country, and the corrupted fountain whence the present evils have sprung. We always understood that the acts of the Supreme Legislature of this Kingdom should extend, with equal force, to every part of your Majesty' s extensive dominions; we must therefore consider every attempt to oppose that power as repugnant to the British Constitution. And when we reflect with what daring insolence and contempt the authority of the laws has been repeatedly set at defiance by the Americans, we can no longer withhold our unanimous assent to the vigorous exertion of such measures as will force these deluded people to submit to a constitutional dependance upon your Majesty' s Government. And at the same time we do assure your Majesty that, with our lives and fortunes, we are ready to contribute to the due execution of such necessary and indispensable measures.

Signed in our name, and by our appointment, by our Provost; and the common seal of the Burgh is hereto appended, at Wick, the eleventh day of December, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five years.