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them to Attend him in the Councill Chamber and present their
Speaker for his approbation.
They Return and say they have Delivered their Message
The whole House accordingly attend and present Robert
Ungle Esqr for their Speaker with which Choice his Honr
declares himself well pleased.
Whereupon His Honr the Governour Delivers himself to
them as follows viz.
Gentlemen. His Lordship the Lord Proprietary directed
me to Communicate his Speech to you which you are to take
as from his own mouth.
Gentlemen of the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly
C. Baltimore As I have always Declared the publick good
of my Province should be the Rule of my Government the
Good Effects whereof I Perswade myself you have found
some Instances of since I came to my Dominion over you, so I
am Determined ever to Persist in the same Resolution not-
withstanding any late Expressions of mine, or mistaken
Constructions put on them.
Gentlemen of the Lower House
That the People of Maryland are his Majties Subjects, I
never yet heard any one so wild to deny, and cannot find
out from any thing in my Instruction set forth in your Ad-
dress which could Induce you to take so much Pains to prove
it, any more than I can see a foundation for Your Resolutions
concerning his Majties Title to this Province; under whom by
Vertue of my charter I hold, within the Bounds whereof I
shall always Rule ;
No Doubt Gentlemen as you observe, we of Maryland are
in the Circumstances of Conquerors, rather than the Con-
quer'd which has put it in our power to treat the native In-
dians with that Tenderness & Humanity, they have so often
met with, Actions worthy Englishmen and Real Conquerors
Many Debates, if I am rightly Informed have been in for-
mer Assemblys whether the Statutes of England did Extend
to you or no, without either House comeing to Resolutions
thereon, and the most Comon received opinions of the best
Lawyers of England have been against it, and several Ad-
judged Cases Support those Opinions as in particular the
Habeas Corpus Act has been often Adjudged by all the Judges
not to extend either to Ireland or the Plantations; which
is as Strong A Case as can be mentioned as it is in favour of