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An Acknowledgment from the Officers of the Regular Forces of
certain Presents made to them by the Assembly. The Governor's
Message to the Assembly, said to be founded on a Representation
of General Braddock's, requiring them to enable him to furnish the
said General with Provisions under proper Convoys. The Assem-
bly desire to have the General's Letter laid before them, which the
Governor declines, and thereby occasions a new Controversy. The
Assembly send up two Money Bills; not approved by the Govern-
or. The Assembly adjourn, but are again convoked on Occasion
of Braddock's Defeat. The Governor's Speech. The Assembly
vote an Aid of Fifty Thousand Pounds by a Tax on all real and
personal Estates. The Address of the Assembly to the Governor.
Their Fifty Thousand Pounds Money Bill returned with an Amend-
ment, by which the whole Proprietary Estate was to be exempted
from the Tax. The Message of the Assembly to the Governor on
that Occasion, desiring his Reasons for that Exemption. The
Governor's Reply, containing Four curious Reasons. The As-
sembly's Rejoinder refuting those Reasons.
The Governor calls upon the House to provide for the Security of
the back Inhabitants. A Remark thereon. He embarrasses them
with Petitions from certain Persons requiring to be armed. A Pro-
posal from certain Gentlemen of Philadelphia to subscribe Five
Hundred Pounds in Lieu of the Proprietary Proportion of the Tax.
The Assembly send up their Bill to the Governor again, together
with the said Proposal. Their Message to the Governor. Some
seasonable Remarks. The Governor's verbal Answer to the As-
sembly's Message. He contends for a Militia. The Assembly
order One Thousand Pounds to arm the back Inhabitants. They
signify their Purpose to Adjourn. Their Proceedings at the next
The old Controversy renewed. A new one concerning the Roads
opened at the Expense of the Province for the Convenience of the
King's Forces. As a last Effort for the Public Service, the Assem-
bly authorize by Vote a Loan or voluntary Subscription of Ten
Thousand Pounds. A Brief State of the Province at this Period.
The new Assembly, after a Session of four Days, suffered to
adjourn themselves without proceeding to Business, for want of
having the Intelligence then in the Governor's Hands in due Form
imparted to them.
The Assembly being reconvoked, the Governor informs them, that
a Party of French and Indians had passed the Mountains, and
demands a Supply. Petitions from various Quarters presented to
the Assembly. Depredations of the Indians. Sixty Thousand
Pounds granted, to be struck in Bills of Credit, which the Gov-
ernor refuses. A new Message, reporting, that the Susquehanna
Indians had offered their Service to the Province. Two Mes-
sages from the Assembly to the Governor; the first concerning
Peace with the Indians, and a Money Bill; the other concerning
the Susquehanna Indians Bill for regulating the Indian Trade.
A Demand on the Assembly to constitute a Militia. A Petition of
Quakers for Peaceable Measures. Message from the Governor
concerning another Indian Massacre. A Militia Bill. A Discus-
sion of Indian Affairs. A Remonstrance from the Mayor of Phil-
adelphia. The Assembly's Reply to the Governor's Invective.
Parley between the Speaker and twenty-nine Petitioners. Unani-
mous Resolutions concerning the Right of granting Supplies to
The Indian-Trade Bill. Complaint of the Shawanese Indians. Res-
olution concerning the Indian-Trade Bill, and irregular and im-
proper Petitions. The Message of the Assembly in Regard to the
Enlisting of purchased Servants. General Shirley's Letter of
Acknowledgment for a voluntary Present of Clothing sent to his
Troops. Bill for Extending the Excise. Assembly adhere to their
Bills and assign their Reasons. The Governor goes to Newcastle, and the Assembly adjourn.
Sir William Johnson's Treaty with the Six Nations. The Governor
appears strongly inclined to involve the Province in a War with
the Delawares and Shawanese. He also demands farther Supplies.
The Resolutions of the Assembly concerning a Plan of Military
Operations. They adjourn and are re-assembled. A Petition of
the Association Companies in Philadelphia, concerning the Insuf-
ficiency of the Militia Law. The Governor proclaims a Suspen-
sion of Arms. The Assembly's Message to him; in which they
again press him to pass the Indian-Trade Bill. Six Members
desire Leave upon the Adjournment to quit their Seats. Their
Resignation accepted, and new Writs issued.
Lord Loudoun appointed Commander-in-chief in America. The
Excise and Indian-Trade Bills. An Act for emitting Four Thou-
sand Pounds in Bills of Credit. An Act for striking and issuing
the Sum of Forty Thousand Pounds for the King's Use. An At-
tack apprehended from the Indians. A Bill to permit the Exporta-
tion of Provisions for the King's Service. Petition of the Mer-
chants in Relation to the Embargo. Differences between the
Governor and the Assembly. Message concerning Indian Affairs,
and the Expense of conducting them. A Parting Compliment
from General Shirley to the Province.
Governor Morris is superseded by Governor Denny. The new Gov-
ernor complimented on his Arrival. His first Speech a Continua-
tion of the old System. Parts of his Instructions communicated.
A short Comment upon them. A Message to the Governor. The
Governor's Answer. A Bill prepared for striking the Sum of Sixty
Thousand Pounds for the King's Use, to be sunk by an Excise. A
Conference on the said Bill. The Assembly's Answer to the Gov-
ernor's Objections. The Governor's Message, signifying that he
would not give his Assent to it. Resolutions of the Assembly. A
new Bill prepared and passed. A brief Apology for the Conduct
of the Assembly on this Occasion. A Remonstrance voted. Con-
clusion; with a Testimonial of Commodore Spry, in Behalf of the
No. I. Representation of the Assembly to the Proprietaries, re-
questing them to bear a proportionable Part of Indian Expenses;
with the Proprietaries' Answer, and the Assembly's Remarks. 535
No. II. Thomas Penn's Estimate of the Value of the Proprietary
Estate in Pennsylvania.
No. III. Refutation of Anonymous Abuses published against the
Inhabitants of Pennsylvania.
No. IV. Account of sundry Sums of Money paid by the Province of
Pennsylvania for his Majesty's Service, since the Commencement
of Hostilities by the French in North America.
No. V. Letter from Mr. Logan on the Proprietary Right to the
Government of the Three Delaware Counties.
No. VI. List of the Governors, Deputy-Governors, and Presidents
of Pennsylvania. .
ESSAYS AND TRACTS,
HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL,
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.