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Address of the Burgh of Aberbrothock



Address of the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of the Burgh of Aberbrothock, 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.

Most Gracious Sovereign:

We, your Majesty' s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of the Burgh of Aberbrothock, in Common Council assembled, should think ourselves wanting, both in duty and gratitude to the best of Sovereigns, did we omit, on the present critical occasion, to join with the rest of your Majesty' s loyal subjects in giving publick testimony of our detestation and abhorrence of the present unnatural rebellion in some of your Majesty' s Colonies in North-America, as well as of those wicked artifices used by designing men to instigate and support it.

While we lament the fatal consequences of the infatuation of your Majesty' s deluded subjects in America, and wish for nothing more ardently than an honourable, speedy, and lasting reconciliation between Great Britain and her Colonies, we cannot forbear to express our approbation of the measures hitherto pursued by your Majesty, in order to bring back the Americans to their duty and allegiance, and to an acknowledgment of the supremacy of our King and Parliament over every part of the British Dominions; and as we rest with the most entire confidence on your Majesty' s wisdom, that such measures will, in future, be followed as shall be most proper for speedily effecting so desirable a purpose, we most heartily assure your Majesty of our best endeavours to support the honour and independence of your crown, and the legal and constitutional


authority of Parliament, against every disturbance and opposition whatever.

We pray that God may bless your Majesty' s councils with wisdom, restore peace to every part of the British Empire, and that your Majesty may long reign in the hearts of a free, united, and happy people.

Signed in our name, in our presence, and at our appointment; and the common seal of the Burgh is hereunto affixed, by


Aberbrothock, October 31, 1775.