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Resolutions Passed in a Committee of the Whle House


That it is the opinion of this Committee, that an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, to return His Majesty our most humble thanks for having been most graciously pleased to communicate to this House the several papers relating to the present state of the British Colonies in America, which, by His Majesty' s commands, have been laid before this House, and from which, after taking them into our most serious consideration, we find that a part of His Majesty' s subjects, in the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay, have proceeded so far to resist the authority of the Supreme Legislature, that a rebellion at this time actually exists within the said Province, and we see, with the utmost concern, that they have boon countenanced and eneouragad by unlawful combinations and engagements, entered into by His Majesty' s subjects in several of the other Colonies, to the injury and oppression of many of their innocent fellow-subjects, resident within the Kingdom of Great


Britain and the rest of His Majesty' s Dominions. This conduct, on their part, appears to us the more inexcusable, when we consider with how much temper His Majesty and the two Houses of Parliament have acted in support of the laws and Constitution of Great Britain. To declare that was can never so far desert the trust reposed in us as to relinquish any part of the sovereign authority over all His Majesty' s Dominions, which by law is vested in His Majesty and the two Houses of Parliament, and that the conduct of many persons in several of the Colonies during the late disturbances, is alone sufficient to convince us how necessary this power is for the protection, of the lives and fortunes of all His Majesty' s subjects; that we ever have been, and always shall be, ready to pay attention and regard to any real grievances of any of His Majesty' s subjects, which shall, in a dutiful and constitutional manner, be laid before us; and whenever any of the Colonies shall make a proper application to us, we shall be ready to afford them every just and reasonable indulgence; but that at the same time we consider it as our indispensable duty, humbly to beseech His Majesty that His Majesty will take the most effectual measures to enforce due obedience to the laws and authority of the Supreme Legislature; and that we beg leave, in the most solemn manner, to assure His Majesty, that it is our fixed resolution, at the hazard of our lives and properties, to stand by His Majesty against all rebellious attempts in the maintenance of the just rights of His Majesty and the two Houses of Parliament.

Ayes, two hundred and ninety-six; noes, one hundred and six.

Amendment proposed to leave out from the first [and] to the end of the question, and insert [to assure His Majesty, that in order to fix the true dignity of his Crown, and the authority of Parliament on a sure foundation, we shall endeavour to recover the hearts of his subjects in America, too many of whom aro unhappily alienated from their usual affection to their Mother Country, by endeavouring to remove all those causes of jealousy and apprehension which have arisen from an unfortunate management of His Majesty' s affairs, and from acts of the last Parliament, made without sufficient information of the true state of America.

Question put, that the words proposed to be left out stand part of this question? Ayes, three hundred and four; noes, one hundred and five.