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- Page The governor alarms and embarrasse's them with petitions from certain persons requiring to be armed; intelligence of Indians actually set out, to fall upon their frontier; recommendations to provide by law against exporting provisions to the enemy, as a requisite to facilitate the reduction of Louisburgh; and demands ofall manner of. things for the assistance of’ col. Dunbar, who, by orders from general Shirley, was again to proceed towards fort Duquesne A proposal from certain gentlemen of‘ Philadelphia to subscribe 5001. in lieu of the proprietary proportion of the tax in question‘, and upon a presumption that the proprietaries ~would honorably reimburse

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The assembly send up their bill to the governor again, together with
the said proposal as containing by implication an acknowlegmeht
that the tax was founded in equityfand also farther security, to the '
governor, in case he should give his assent to the bill 2%

Their message to the governor, correcting- his manner of stating the ~
Louishurg Point, and observing, that all required of them ‘from
New England was to prolong the excellent laws they had already



made 224 Some seasonable remark £5. ' The governor's verbal answer to the assembly’s message concerning the money-bill, adhering to his amendment 225 lie contends for a militia 226 The assembly order 1000!. if so much remained in their treasury, to arm the back inhabitants ib. They signify their purpose to adjourn; and refer the affair of a militia ' ib.

to a new assembly

Their proceedings at the next meeting; the governor demands an ad-
ditional supply of provision to be sent to Albany, at the requisition
of governor Phipps, for the use of the forces of Massachusetts-bay,
and another ,supply for the provincial troops of Connecticut and
Rhode-island, which he was informed were raised in addition to
those already employed in the reduction of Crown Point 228

The assembly apply for a sight of Phipp’s letter, which is refused

The old controversy renewed

A new one concerning the roads opened at the expence of the pro-
vince for the convenience of the king’s forces, which is carried on
with much acrimony on both sides

As a last effort for the public service the assembly authorize by vote
aloan, or voluntary subscription, of 10,000!v to be raised in a fort-
night, and refer the lenders to the next assembly for payment 239

An apology for the length of this treatise; and a brief state of the




province at this period
The new assembly. after a session of four days, sufi'ered to adjourn
themselves without proceeding to business, for want of having, the



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L Page * intelligence then in the governor’s hands in due form imparted to , them ' 242

Being reconvoked, the governor informs them, that a party of French
and Indians had passed the mountains, and were encamped within
eighty milesiof the capital, and after a liberal inter-mixture of up-
braidings and self—sufliciencies, demands a supply, premising, that
it might be raised by an emission of any sum in paper, provided
funds were found for sinking it in five years, &c. 244

A reference to the only act of parliament extant, and that an inef-
fectual one, to prevent the oppressions practised by provincial go-


vernors 245 Petitions of various kinds and from various quarters, presented to the

assembly 246 The assembly reduce and rectify the matter of alarm communicated

by the governor, and advise such measures as might reclaim the

Indians, 8w. ~ 247 A new message concerning the depredations of the Indians ib

Sixty thousand pounds granted, to be struck in bills of credit, which
were to be sunk by a tax of six-pence in the pound, and a poll tax
of ten shillings ahead yearly, for four years; which the governor
refuses, and talks of setting 0H‘ for the back 'counties 1'11.
A new message reporting, that the Susquehanna Indians had ofl'ered
their service to the province, provided it was accepted without delay
Two messages from the assembly to the governor, the first concerning
peace with the Indians, and the money-bill; the other an answer to
his concerning the Susquehanna Indians ' 17:.
They send up a bill for regulating the Indian trade 250
The famous Kentish petition to the house of commons, in 1701, out-
done by the mayor of Philadelphia, and one hundred and thirty
three other inconsiderates, in a demand on their assembly to con-


stitute a militia forthwith 255 A/petition of certain of the people called quakers, for peaceable measures 257 Progress of the controversy concerning the bill, which the governor ' ' vs offers to pass with a suspending clause ‘ 258 'y' k Resolutions of the assembly hereupon , vi5. l Message from the governor concerning another Indian massacre, and T? demanding an immediate supply, 81c. 259 g E ‘ Another from the assembly to him, justifying their bill both in matter ‘(3 l \ and manner fibP“ y ‘ They send him up a militia bill . I 262 g‘ ‘; The governor’s invective against their whole conduct 1'11. (1 l _1-Ie passes the militia bill, under a specific declaration that it was an 1L‘ ‘1 improper one ' 265

He communicates to the assembly a discussion of Indian affairs, as
prepared by his council; calls upon them to provide for a swarm of


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Page Trench banished out of Nova Scotia; and signifies that the proprie- ‘ taries had sent an order upon their receiver-general, for 50001. as a free gift to the public 266

Another remonstrance from the mayor of Philadelphia and his posse 267

The assembly’s reply to the governor’s inventive, which for the pre

sent they declined making use of ib. The answer they did make use of i 270 Parley between the speaker and twenty-nine petitioners, or rather pre-\

scribers to the assembly 273

Unanimous resolutions concerning the right of granting supplies to the
crown; and a new money-bill, out of which the proprietary estate

was excepted, in consideration of the late grant of 5000!. g 274 The assembly’s message to the governor explaining the use and press

ing the dispatch of the Indian trade-bill . 275 The governors evasive answer ib. His message desiring the advice of the house 275

The assembly‘s answer
Their message relative to the complaint of the Shawanese Indians ~27?
Their resolution concerning the Indian trade-bill {6.
Also concerning irregular and improper petitions 278
They adjourn; and two months after are rte-assembled by special sum-
mons _ 280
The governor’s message on that occasion ib;
The message of the assembly 'in regard to the inlisting purchased scr-
vants ‘ ' 283
General Shirley’s letter of acknowlegment for a voluntary present of‘
clothing sent by the province to his troops
The assembly remind the governor of the Indian trade-bill 286
He returns it with amendments, as also their bill for extending the ex-

cise ib. They adhere to their bills and assign their reasons i 287 The governor goes to Newcastle, and the assembly adjourn ib. Sir William Johnson’s treaty with the Six Nations laid before them

at their next meeting ' ‘z'b.

The governor appearing strongly inclined to involve the province in a
war with the Delawares and Shawanese, some of the people called

' quakers petition for pacific measures ib. The governor on the other hand alarms the house with an account of a.

number of people coming in a body upon them 288 Their equanimity on that occasion ib. The governor takes advantage of this incident to declare war against

the said two Indian nations \ ib. He also demands farther supplies, and intimates, that certain Indians

long subsisted by the province were retiring in discontent, Etc. 289

The assembly’s answer

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The assembly's reply, in which they shew, the governor had invali-
dated the acts of all the other colonies by the law he had passed
in the lower counties

Their message concerning the excise and Indian trade bills; and his


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