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Address of the Provincial Synod of Angus and Mearns



Address of the Ministers and Elders of the Provincial Synod of Angus and Mearns, 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 Ministers and Elders of the Provincial Synod of ANGUS and MEARNS, assembled at DUNDEE, this 25th of October, 1775.

May it please, your Majesty:

Sensible of the many blessings we enjoy under your Majesty' s auspicious reign, we see, with the deepest concern, that a part of our fellow-subjects in America, having adopted principles subversive of all legal Government and subordination, are now in a state of actual hostility and rebellion.

At such a period, we consider ourselves as called on, with the rest of your Majesty' s faithful subjects, publickly to declare our attachment to your Majesty' s person, family, and Government, our abhorrence of every measure that


may prove prejudicial to them, and our desire of contributing to undeceive a people misled by the hopes of finding in their Mother Country that same licentious spirit which prevails among themselves.

To this testimony of our unshaken loyalty and affection, it gives us pleasure to add, that the same principles prevail among the people under our care, who, as well as we, look with astonishment on those factious men in Great Britain, who, to gratify their own ambition, are ready to sacrifice the interests of their Country and the lives of their fellow-subjects.

It is our earnest prayer to the great disposer of all events, that the authority of the British Legislature may be acknowledged and obeyed throughout all the parts of your Majesty' s Dominions, and that means may happily be devised for obtaining that end without the further effusion of human blood, which, as men and ministers of the gospel of peace, we wish to be avoided. But if, to our great regret, lenient measures should unhappily prove ineffectual, and only tend to foment the disorders which they are meant to remedy, we will most cordially pray for success to such expedients as the wisdom of your Majesty' s counsels shall find necessary to employ.

That Almighty God may pour down his best blessings on your Majesty' s person and family; that be may long preserve your Majesty to be the guardian of our religious and civil liberties, as presently established by law, and to reign over a free, happy, and affectionate people; and may at a distant period crown you with immortal glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord, are and ever shall be the earnest prayer of, may it please your Majesty, your Majesty' s most faithful, most obedient, and most loyal subjects, the Ministers and Elders assembled in this Provincial Synod of Angus and Mearns.

Signed in our name, and at our appointment, by