Speech of Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood, 1713 Dec. 13.
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Gentn. of the Council. & H. of Burgesses.
Such has been ye Concurrence & good Agreemt between us during this Session, Such has been your Zeal to prevent Frauds & better ye Publick Credit in time to come, such apparently just Measures have you fallen into to revive your decayed Trade, & Such Testimonys have you given me of ye Confidence you place in my Honesty & Conduct, that I am now come with great Satisfaction & Thankfullness to conclude this Session, & earnestly to recommend to you all to put an helping hand to ye new method the Country is now entring upon. Tis ye Universal Clamour of both ye Planters & Merchts yt your Tobacco-Trade upon ye present foot can no longer be born, & you Gentn have Unanimously (I think) declared yt it is high time to apply some Remedy, & have most generally agreed to these Ways & Means wch we have now Enacted; I therefore promise my Self yt you will all endeavour to make people in your respective Countys truly sensible what they gain by this new & extraordinary Law. Your Love to your Country cannot be more conspicuously shewn than by laying hold of occasions to relieve it in its distress, & those I must judge to have the best Title to ye Favours I am empowred to dispence, who can discern ye true Interest of their Country, & will boldly & honestly labour to promote it. As for my Part, I can discover nothing but Benefits accruing to this Colony by ye new Course you are going to take with your Tobacco, & if it is likely yt you will reap the Advantage, I hope no one will Envy me the Honour of ye Project. I know the Season of the Year makes you all desirous of returning home, & therefore I now Prorogue this Assembly, & it stands Prorogued to the 10th day of May next.
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