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which the Governor acknowledged were essential in a representative Body, and assured them of his protection therein, and then the House withdrew.
A Committee of Assembly delivered a Verbal Message from the House to the Governor, acquainting him that they proposed to present an address to his Honor, and Requested to known at what time it would be agreeable to him to receive the same. The Governor appointed to-morrow Morning at the Hour of eleven for that purpose.
Friday, October 22d, 1773, A. M. The Assembly waited on the Governor, and the Speaker presented him an address in the following words, Viz" :
" To the Honorable JOHN PENN, Esquire, Governor and
Commander-in-Chief of the Counties of New Castle, Kent, and Susser, upon Delaware, and Province of Pennsylvania.
May it please your Honor:
“We, the Representatives of the Freemen of the Counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, upon Delaware, beg leave to wait upon your Honor with our sincere Congratulations upon your Reaccession to the Government and Chief Command of this Colony.
“The felicity the good People of this Government enjoyed under your former Administration, and that of our late Worthy Governor, gives us a well grounded prospect of future happiness, whilst one of your Honorable Family Presides over us; and we Confess we feel a particular satisfaction in being governed Personally by one of our Proprietors, whose true interests and that of our Constituents are so intimately Connected.
“Your tender regard for our Laws, and Civil and Religious liberties, during your Continuance in the Chief Command of these Counties for many years heretofore, very deservedly engaged the esteem and affection of the People; and we now assure your Honor that we still retain the same Sentiments, and have an earnest desire to Continue that perfect Harmony and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted between you and the Assemblies here, wishing for nothing more than to be able to give your Honor the most convincing Proofs of it.
“ Signed by order of the House.
“CESER RODNEY, Speaker. " October 21st, 1773."
To which the Governor was pleased to return an answer in these words, Viz : "Gentlemen :
“I am very sincerely thankful for the kind and respectful Expressions of your address, which give me the highest Satisfaction, as the afford me an agreeable testimony not only of your approbation of my former administration, but of your Confidence in my future Conduct.
“I have a pleasing remembrance of the Harmony which subsisted between me and former Assemblies of these Counties, and shall always Chearfully concur with you in promoting the Continuance of so great a Public Advantage.
“As you cannot be more sensible than I am of the Intimate connection between the true Interests of the Proprietaries and your Constituents, I flatter myself you will always find me equally. Solicitous to preserve it; and being sincerely disposed to promote the Happiness and Prosperity of the People you represent, I hope your expectations from the Personal Government of one of your Proprietaries will not be disappointed.
" JOHN PENN. “October 22d, 1773.”
MEMORANDUM, the 30th of October, 1773.
The Office of Chief Justice of the Supream Court of the Government of the Lower Counties being Vacant by the Death of Joho Nining, Esquire, The Governor was this day pleased to Issue three district Commissions, appointing Richard McWilliam, Esquire, Chief Justice, Cæsor Rodney, Esq"" second Justice, and Samuel Chew, Esq", third Justice of the said Court.
November 30, 1773.
The Governor was this day pleased to issue a General Commission, appointing Richard McWilliam, Cæsar Rodney, Samuel Chew, and David Hall, Esquires, Justices of the Court of Oyer and Termi. ner and General Goal Delivery for the Counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware.
November 4th, 1773. Upon Dr. Finney's resignation of the Office of Naval officer for the Port and district of New Castle, The Governor was this day pleased to appoint bis Son, David Finney, Esquire, to succeed him in that Office.
New Castle, the 6th November, 1773.
Esquires, Members of the Council.
The Assembly having since the Governor's attendance at this place, sent up to him six Bills which they had prepared during their Present sitting, they were severally read and duly considered ; and a few amendments being made to two of them, to which the Assembly having for the most part acceded, they were all at different times returned to the House by the Secretary, with Messages that the Governor agreed to pass them into Laws whenever they should be presented to him for that
The said Bills are entituled as follows, Viz' :
“An Act for erecting a Bridge and Causeway over Lewes Creek, from the Town of Lewes to the Cape side of the said Creek, in the County of Sussex.”
“An Act for the encouragement of the Owners of Mills within this Government, and for the Repealing of an Act of Assembly entituled · An Act to encourage the building of good Mills in this Government, and the Supplement thereto,' passed in the 34th Year of his late Majesty's Reign.”
“An Act to prevent the Counterfeiting the Paper Money of other Colonies.
“An Act for making perpetual a former act entituled 'An Act for amending the Laws relating to Testamentary affairs, and for the better Intestates' Estates,' except such parts thereof as are hereby altered and amended.”
“An Act to enable the owners and Possessors of several Tracts of Meadow Marsh and Cripple, on Augustine Creek and Silver run, in New Castle County, to make the Banks, Dams, and Sluices in Repair, and to raise a Fund to defray the Yearly expences accruing thereon;" and
“An Amendment to an Act entituled 'A Supplement to an act entituled An Act to enable the owners and Possessors of the Marsh Meadows on the North side of Christiana River, called Brandywine Marsh, and a Tract of Meadow Marsh and Cripple, on the south side of the said River, called Holland's Creek Marsh, and also of a Tract of Marsh Meadow, near New Port, called Conrad's Cripple, to keep the Banks, Dams, and Sluices in Repair, and to raise a Fund to defray the Expences thereof,' so far as the same relates to the said Holland's Creek Marsh.'»
A Committee of Assembly waited on the Governor with a Message, desiring to know when and where he would be pleased to receive the House, in order to pass the several Bills to which he had given his assent; To which his Honor replied that he should be ready to receive the House for that Purpose at his Lodgings in half an hour. The Speaker and the whole House attended accordingly, and presented the six Bills above mentioned, which the Governor enacted into Laws, signed a Warrant for affixing the Great Seal to them, and directed the Secretary to accompany two members of Assembly to see them sealed and Deposited in the Rolls office.
Before the House withdrew, the Speaker presented to the Governor orders on the Trustees of the Loan office for £250, for which bis Honor return’d the House his Thanks.
At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Monday the 6th December, 1773.
Esquires. Benjamin Chew,
Edward Shippen, jun" The Governor laid before the Board a Transcript of a Record of the last Court of Oyer and Terminer held at Lancaster, for the County of Lancaster, by which it appears that Samuel Brandt, of the said County of Lancaster, was Convicted of Felony and Murder, committed on the Body of a certain Valentine Brandt, and had received Sentence of Death for the same, and the Judges of the said Court having reported no circumstances in favor of the Criminal, it was the opinion of the Board that the Sentence of the Court should be executed against him on Saturday the 18th of December Instant, and the Governor directed a Warrant to be Issued for that Purpose accordingly.
At a Council at Philadelphia, on Thursday 9th December, 1773.
The Board taking into due consideration an Application made to the Governor by Mr. Judah Foulke, the Present Clerk of the Market of the City of Philadelphia, to be appointed the Officer for keeping the Standard Weights and Measures for the County of of Philadelphia, advised the Governor to appoint Mr. Foulke to the said Office, and the Governor directed the Secretary to make out a Commission accordingly.
The Governor laid before the Board a Petition from the Magistrates, Grand Jury, and other principal Inhabitants of Northumberland County, which was read, and follows in these words; Viz'. “ To the Honourable JOHN PENN, Esquire, one of the Proprieta
ries, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania, &c.
“ The Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of Northumberland
County, in the said Province, humbly Sheweth :
“ That your Petitioners being seated, in Consequence of regular Purchases from the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania, in the said County of Northumberland, within the known Limits, and under the Protection of the Laws of the Province of Pennsylvania, have nevertheless been under the necessity of Combating and struggling with many Difficulties and Embarrassments of so alarming a nature as scarce to be parallelled in the History of any Civilized Country; that the Colony of Connecticut sets up a Claim to the lands seated, improved, and rendered Valuable by your Petitioner's Labour; happy might your Petitioners be, would those Claimants bring their Pretensions to some Tribunal whose decision would equally bind both parties, but with them Violence usurps the Place of Argument, and force of Legal Decision; that about two years agoe a number of your Petitioners were in a Høstile manner ousted of their Possessions at Wyoming, and Cruelly Stripped and Plundered of their Effects; that, not content with the acquisition of Wyom. ing and the Parts adjacent, sundry attempts have been made to extend their Conquests. A large Body of Armed Men from Connecticut in June last attempted to dispossess the Inhabitants of the West Branch of Susquehanna, and, though prevented, it was not without much Fatigue, Expence, and Great Danger of Bloodshed;