Proceedings of the Council of State, 1749 Mar. 27.
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From the Council Chamber March 27th 1749. It is Order'd by the Council that the following Representation and Resolutions made and agreed to this Day, with Respect to the Resolves of the House of Burgesses, in Relation to their pretended Right of searching the Journals of the Upper House of Assembly, be printed in the next Virginia Gazette. N: Walthoe, C.G.A.
As the Council have often demonstrated the sincerest Disposition to preserve a good Correspondence with the House of Burgesses and always paid a due Regard to their just Rights, they are the more astonish'd at the Resolves in their printed Journals of the 10th and 14th of this Instant, by which the Council stand accused, without the least Shadow of Reason, or Justice, of having violated an undoubted Right and Privilege of their House. Had the Burgesses agreeably [illegible] Parliament [illegible] before they made those hasty Resolves, vouchsaf'd to desire the Reasons of the Councils Conduct, they could not have had any thing to object to it, and would have receiv'd the fullest Satisfaction. Whenever either House has been dissatisfy'd with the other, Conferences have been usually desir'd, and the subject matter of Dispute amicably debated; and thereby misunderstandings commonly rectify'd, and that Harmony and good agreement, which ought always to subsist between them, cultivated and maintain'd. But since the Burgesses have presum'd to run counter to this ancient, decent, and establish'd method, having probably had nothing less in their Thoughts than a becoming Respect, and perhaps conscious that they had acted in opposition to Reason and Precedent; the Council find themselves under the unpleasing necessity of publickly vindicating