L. H. J.
Liber No. 46
A sufficient number of Members to compose a Lower House of
Assembly being met at the Stadt House, Mr Stoughton and Col.
Dashiel are desired to acquaint his Excellency therewith.
Daniel Dulany and Philip Thomas Esquires, of the Upper House,
with Mr John Ross Clerk, came into the Lower House, in whose
Presence the aforesaid members took the several Oaths to the Gov-
ernment required by Law, signed the Oath of Abjuration, and re-
peated and signed the Test.
Col. Lloyd and Col. Tasker from the Upper House, acquaint the
members of this House, that the Governor required their Atten-
dance in the Upper House: The Members of the Lower House went
to the Upper House; his Excellency required them to return and
make choice of a Speaker They returned, and unanimously made
choice of Col. Edward Sprigg, a Representative of Prince George's
County to be their Speaker, and placed him in the Chair. Mr Stough-
ton and Col Dashiel are sent to acquaint his Excellency, that the
House had made choice of a Speaker.
Edmund Jennings Esq. and Col. Hammond from the Upper House
acquaint the Members of this House, that the Governor required
their Attendance in the Upper House, in order to present their
Speaker. The Members of the Lower House went to the Upper
House, and presented Col. Edward Sprigg to the Governor as their
Speaker: His Excellency was pleased to give his Approbation of
their Choice, and then made the following Speech. (See page 232.)
The Members return to their House, and Mr Speaker resumes
They make choice of Mr William Tilghman to be their Clerk, and
Mr Lloyd and Mr Harrison are ordered to acquaint his Excellency
therewith, and to desire his Approbation: They return and acquaint
Mr Speaker they delivered their Message; and that the Governor was
pleased to approve of their Choice of a Clerk.
The same Gentlemen are sent, with Mr Tilghman, to the Upper
House, to see him qualified. They return, and acquaint Mr Speaker
they saw him qualified by taking the several Oaths to the Govern-
ment signing the Oath of Abjuration, repeating and signing the
Test, and taking the usual Oath of Office.
Mr Speaker communicates to the House the Letter from Governor
Clinton of New York, mentioned in his Excellency's Speech; which
was ordered to be read, and is as follows; ( See Appendix. )
The House appoints Mr Thomas lobson Serjeant at Arms, and
Mr Thomas Sparrow Door Keeper and Capt Gordon is ordered to
administer to them the several Oaths to the Government, and Oath