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the Governor would be pleased to receive the House, that he might be presented for his Honor's Approbation. The Governor having appointed this day at ten o'Clock for that purpose, acquainted the House by the Secretary that he attended his Appointment in the Council Chamber, and was ready to receive the House with their Speaker.
The whole House waited on the Governor and presented John Morton, Esquire, as their Speaker, who, after receiving the Gov. ernor's Approbation, claimed the usual Priviledges in the Name and behalf of the House, to which the Governor replied that “they were the undoubted Rights and Priviledges of the House, in which they might rely on his Protection," and then the House withdrew.
New Castle, Monday 23d October, 1775.
A Committee of Assembly waited on the Governor with a Message from the House, acquainting him that they had met pursuant to the Charter and Laws of the Government, and had chosen their Speaker, and desired to know when and where they should wait on his Honor, to present him. The Governor having answered that he should be ready to receive the House at Mrs. Clay's, they accordingly attended there, and presented Cæsar Rodney, Esquire, as their Speaker, who being approved by the Governor, claimed the usual Priviledges, which were allowed, and then they withdrew.
A Committee of Assembly waited on the Governor and acquainted him the House were duly qualified, and were ready to receive any Business His Honor might have to lay before them; to which the Governor replied, he had nothing at present to recommend to them, but that if any thing should occur he would recommend the same to the House by a Message.
Saturday, 28th October, 1775. A Committee of Assembly waited on the Governor, and presented for his Concurrence two Bills, entituled as follow, Viz":
“An Act for the relief of John Wallace, a languishing Prisoner in the Gaol of New Castle County, with respect to the Imprisonment of his Person."
“A Supplementary Act to the act entituled An Act for the more effectual ascertaining and fixing the Limits of the several
Counties within this Government, and for removing some Inconveniences that may arise by the late Establishment of the Boundaries and Divisional Lines between the same and Maryland.'. The said Bills were read and duly considered, and returned to the House by the Secretary, with a Verbal Message that the Governor gave his assent to them.
Eodem die, P. M.
A Committee of Assembly waited on the Governor with a Verbal Message from the House, requesting to know when and where he would be pleased to receive the House, in order to pass the Bills to which he had given his Assent. His Honor having answered that he should be ready to receive the House immediately at his Lodgings, the whole house accordingly attended there, and the Speaker presented the two Bills above mentioned, which the Governor en. acted into Laws, signed a Warrant for affixing the Great Seal thereto, and directed the Secretary to accompany two Members of Assembly to see them Sealed and deposited in the Rolls office.
“PHILADELPHIA, 28th October, 1775. The Return of Sheriffs and Coroners for the County of Westmoreland being now made. The Governor was pleased to commissionate the following Persons as Sheriff and Coroner for the said
Westmoreland S Sheriff, John Carnaghan, Joseph Beeler,
County, Coroner, Francis Waddle, John M'Clellan,
MEMORANDUM, 220 November, 1775.
The Assembly having yesterday sent up to the Governor for his Concurrence, A Bill entituled “An Act for the relief of Richard Taylor, Jacob Muck, George Jacob Hausman, Richard Ray, and Francis Owens, languishing Prisoners in the Gaol of Philadelphia County, and James Mackey, a languishing Prisoner in the Gaol of Northumberland County, with respect to the Imprisonment of their Persons," and the same being duly considered, was returned to the
House by the Secretary, with a verbal Message that His Honor would be ready to pass the same into a law, when presented to him for that Purpose.
A Committee of the Assembly waited on the Governor with a verbal Message from the House, requesting to know when His Honor would be pleased to receive the House, in order to pass the Bill to which he had given his Assent; to which the Governor replied, that he would be in the Council Chamber to-morrow morning at ten o'Clock for that Purpose.
Council Chamber, 230 November, 1775, 10 o'Clock, A. M.
The Governor being in the Council Chamber, sent a Message to the Assembly by the Secretary, to acquaint them that he required their Attendance there, in order to enact into a Law the Bill to which he had given his Assent. The whole House immediately attended, and the Speaker presented to the Governor the following Bill, which His Honor enacted into a Law, signed a Warrant for affixing the Great Seal thereto, and appointed the Secretary to accompany two Members of Assembly to see the same Sealed and deposited in the Rolls Office, Viz":
* An Act for the relief of Richard Taylor, Jacob Muck, George Jacob Hausman, Richard Ray, and Francis Owens, languishing Prisoners in the Gaol of Philadelphia County, and James Mackey, a languishing Prisoner in the Gaol of Northumberland County, with respect to the Imprisonment of their Persons."
MEMORANDUM, 25th November, 1775.
A Committee of two Members of Assembly, by Order of the House, waited on the Governor with a Letter addressed to their Speaker from Samuel Hunter and John Weitzell, Esquires, and William Scull, Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Northumberland, dated Sunbury, the 20th Instant, acquainting the House that two of the Magistrates and the Sheriff of the said County had lately had an Interview with Zebulon Butler and some others of the principal Men among the Connecticut Settlers at Wyoming, had read the late Resolves of the Assembly to them, and enquired whether they would peaceably submit themselves to the Laws of Pennsylvania; to which they answered, they despised the Laws of that Province, and never would submit to them unless compelled by Force, and that if the Government of this Province thought it advisable to use such means with them, they should be ready to meet them at any Hour they pleased; That the said Magistrates and Sheriff, having received a great deal of threatning and abusive Language from the common People, returned home by another Way, apprehending that if they came back the same Road they had gone up, it must be with great Risque to their Lives. The Committee, at the same Time, delivered a Verbal Message from the Assembly to the Governor, requesting His Honor will be pleased to give Orders for a due Execution of the Laws of this Province in the Counties of Northumberland and Northampton. Whereupon the Governor immediately wrote the following Letter to the Magistrates of Northumberland County, and a similar one to those of Northampton County, which follows in these Words, Viz':
"PHILADELPHIA, 25th November, 1775. "Gentlemen :
"I have just now received a Message from the Assembly, found. ed on a Letter addressed to them from the County of Northumberland, respecting the Connecticut Settlers at Wyoming, requesting me to give Orders for a due Execution of the Laws of this Province in the Counties of Northumberland and Northampton. In consequence thereof, I do most chearfully order you to use your utmost Diligence and Activity, in putting the Laws of this Province in Execution throughout the County of Northumberland, and you may depend on the Faith of the House and my Concurrence with them, that every proper and necessary Expence that may be incur. red on the Occasion will be defrayed.
"I am Gentlemen,
« JOHN PENN. " To William Plunket, Esq" & his Associates, Justices of the Peace
for the County of Northumberland.”
The above mentioned Committee also acquainted the Governor that the House bad agreed to adjourn to Monday the twelfth day of February next, if he had no objection thereto, to which His Honor replied that he had none.
MEMORANDUM, 9th December, 1775.
The Governor was this Day pleased, on the Recommendation of some of the Magistrates of New Castle County, to issue a Special Commission, appointing John Thompson and Abraham Robinson, Esquires, Justices of the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace and of the County Court of Common Pleas for the said County of New Castle.
The Governor having received Information that a Commission is wanted in the County of New Castle, for the trial of negroes, as Evan Rice, Esquire, one of the Gentlemen named in the last Negroe Commission for that County has been some time dead, His Honor was this Day pleased to issue one, appointing John Jones and David Finney, Esquires, Justices for holding Courts in that County for the Trial of Negroe and Mulatto Slaves, according to Law.