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Address of the City of Aberdeen



Address of the Provost, Magistrates, and Council of the City of Aberdeen, transmitted to the Earl of Suffolk, one of His Majesty' s principal Secretaries of State, and presented to His Majesty.

To the King' s Most Excellent Majesty.

The humble Address of the Provost, Magistrates, and Council of the City of ABERDEEN.

Most Gracious Sovereign:

We, your Majesty' s most dutiful subjects, the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of Aberdeen, beg leave to approach the throne, and to assure your Majesty that we are most warmly and loyally attached to your person,


family, and Government; that we contemplate with the highest veneration your many royal virtues; that we entertain a most grateful sense of the hlessings we derive from your administration; and that we yield to none of our fellow-subjects in zeal for the laws, liberties, and Constitution of Great Britain.

Satisfied as we are that the honour and safety of these your Kingdoms, and of every part of this great Empire, depend on a due subordination of the whole to the supreme legislative authority of Great Britain, constitutionally vested in your Majesty and the two Houses of Parliament, we are filled with astonishment and horrour to see a most audacious spirit of opposition to that supreme authority prevail among so many of our fellow-subjects in America.

When we consider this unprovoked and unnatural rebellion as the effect of blind rage in a deluded multitude, seduced to their ruin by the falsehoods and sophistries of designing and desperate men, we cannot but pity their infatuation, and lament its consequences. But we should belie our own hearts, and be wanting in duty to our fellow-subjects, as well as to the best of Sovereigns, if we did not declare, before the world, that we hold all such traitorous proceedings, and all their abetters, in utter abomination; that we do most heartily approve of those measures which your Majesty has been pleased to take for vindicating the authority of the laws, the honour of your crown, and the rights of your people; and that, reposing with full confidence on your royal wisdom and paternal care, we hope and earnestly pray that the steady prosecution of the same vigorous measures may soon restore peace to America, and diffuse prosperity and gladness through every part of the British Dominions.

As we know that your Majesty has nothing so much at heart as the good of your subjects, and as nothing could make us so happy as to be instrumental in communicating any degree of pleasure to the father of his Country, we beg leave to inform your Majesty that turbulence and sedition are crimes unknown to this City and Province; that our trade and manufactures are flourishing; and that our people are industrious, peaceable, and loyal.

It is our daily and earnest prayer, that the Divine Providence may bless your Majesty with length of days, and with all imaginable felicity, both here and hereafter; and that your descendants, ever ambitious to imitate your illustrious example, may sway the British sceptre to the latest generations.

Signed in name, in presence, and by appointment of the Magistrates and Town Council of Aberdeen,, in Council convened, at Aberdeen, the nineteenth day of October, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five.

ADAM DUFF, Provost.