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Proceedings of the Council of State, 1749 Mar. 27.

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"Journal of Thursday last, so far as it relates to Richard Fitzwilliam Esq; be sent to the House of Burgesses. It pass'd in the affirmative and a Copy was accordingly sent to the House of Burgesses by the Clerk of the General Assembly. This Precedent was made when Mr Holloway was Speaker, and Mr John Randolph (who drew the message) Clerk, both [illegible] lawyers, well acquainted with Parliamentary Affairs, jealous and careful of the Privileges of the House of Burgesses. The next Precedent is on the Councils Journal of the 25th of August 1736 when Sir John Randolph was Speaker, as follows "A message from the House of Burgesses by Mr Willis and others, "That they desir'd to know what their Honours had done with the Bill sent up from their House; intitled an Act for replacing the Act intitled 'An Act for amending the Staple of Tobacco' and for preventing Frauds in his Majesty's Customs &c "Ordered "That the Clerk of the General Assembly go to the House of Burgesses and acquaint them in answer to the said message that the Council have had under Consideration the Bill intitled An Act for repealing the Act for amending the Staple of Tobacco and for preventing Frauds in his majesty's Customs and two other Acts to amend and explain and for continuing and further amending that Act and having read the same twice upon a Question put for reading it the third Time, it passd in the negative.["] These Instances uncontestably prove whose Rights have been invaded, unanswerably then what the present House of Burgesses ought to have done, and sufficiently justify the Proceedings of the Council, and these their Resolves,