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humbly beseeching God for your Majesty's long life and happy reign'over us.
Portsmouth, in New Hampshire, ?
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We are your Majesty's most dutiful and obedient Subjects.
Cha. Story, Secretary. Signed in presence and by order of the Council.
John Pickerin, Speaker. Signed in presence and by order of the House of Representatives.
Ministers' Address to the Queen against the removal of Governor
To the Queen's most Excellent Majesty.
England, humbly sheweth: That your Majestie's good subjects in the Province are very joyfull and sincerely thankfull to your Majesty for all your Royall benefits to this poor province, and particularly for your Majesty's favor in sending Col. Dudley, Governor; who, being a native of this country, has the love and affection of all your Majesty's subjects; and is so particularly knowing [?] of all the features and avenues of these large provinces, that he has by the forces raysed here met and defeated the Rebels very often, and the good Provi. dence of Almighty God has greatly prospered & blessed his service to your Majesty's honor; and whatever insinuations are made against him to your sacred majesty, or your Majesty's great Ministers of State, we are sure he is unfeignedly steady in your Majesty's service, an example of religion, virtue & moderation to all good men; and we humbly pray, on behalf of ourselves and your Majesty's good subjects under our care, that it may consist with your Majesty's Royall wisdom, he may be yet continued to rule over us; which we dare not have presumed to ask, if evil minded men against us & such as least know us, had not lately addressed your Majesty for his removal, contrary to the willing & united desires of all your Majesty's good subjects here.
May the great God prosper your Majesty's arms & make your Majesty the glorious instrument of re-establishing the peace of Europe.
May your sacred Majesty be blessed with a long and prosperous reign over a people protected, reformed & united by your Majesty's most serene & excellent conduct; & your Majesty's and your good subjects' satisfaction therein will be everlasting. Wee are your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful subjects.
JOAN COTTON, Minister of Hampton.
THEOPHILUS Cotton, Minister of the Isles of Shoales. Voted, whereas Richard Otis, of Dover, late deceased, died intestate and left not estate sufficient to pay his debts :
Ordered, that Susanna Otis, administratrix upon said estate, have power to sell so much of his Lands lying in the Township of Dover as will pay his said Debts ; there being not chattels sufficient to pay the same ; Always provided, that accounts be first made up by the ordinary, and showed forth, and left of Record in the Superiour Court of the Province. Allowed and past by the Assembly.
Per Sam' Keais, Clerk. 224 October, 1707.
Read in Council, allowed and approved and sent to the House of Representatives.
Cha. Story, Secretary. [P. 242.] Voted, that the money due from this Province on account of the Summer's Expedition to the Eastward, we pray it may be deferred until the next session of the Assembly; when we promise that we will proceed to raise money to defray the just charges thereof. Passed by the House.
Sam' Keais, Clerk. 224 October, 1707. Read in Council and voted a con. currence.
Letter from Gov. Dudley to Major Vaughan.
Roxbury, 22 January, 1707-8. Sr. — Mr. Secretary Story & Mr. Speaker Pickering have been with mee and acquaint mee there is a desire in your province to send an agent to England. If the Assembly in their next sessions shall acquaint me with the person whom they would send, to take care to pass an Act for money for his support in their service, & let me see his errand, if it be for the service of the Province, and his Majesty's service, I shall readily agree thereto.
The Assembly at the same time must also raise a tax for the supply of the Treasury for the payment of their forces the last sumer's Expedition, or els I cannot reasonably expect the service of the soldiers for the defence of the country.
I desire yourself & the gentlemen of the Council will take care herein, & that we have notice by Express, if need be, of what they do, and adjourn them after two or three days' conference, for a week, for my further directions if need be. You will use all prudence to steer the Assembly, & communicate this letter. Your humble servant,
J. DUDLEY. Major Vaughan.
Letter from Gov. Dudley to the Council.
Boston, 9 Feb., 1707. Gentlemen :
It is the undoubted right of the General Assembly, at their meeting, to address her Majesty & send their own messenger therewith: & you, having chosen Captain George Vaughan your Agent for the purpose, I must agree thereto, & desire you will give him your Address & Dispatches as soon as possible, that his voyage be not lost; & for what money you have granted to her Majesty for his support you will take your own methods. .... to exchange it hence, in which I am sure Mr. Treasurer will do his duty upon your application, & I will signe the warrant for it when sent me properly from the Council Board, to be lodged as his order in the Treasury Office, & he must make no doubt thereof, but proceed forthwith, if any time be wanting he must be paid. ...
I direct your prorogation to be to the last Wednesday in March, and Major Vaughan is hereby directed to declare it. Captain
Vaughan, when he has your despatches, I suppose will see me here, to take shipping. I am, Gentlemen, your very humble servant,
Address to Queen Anne. Sent by Capt. George Vaughan, 1707-8.
(Coll. N. H. Hist. Soc., Vol. I., pp. 140-141.) To the Queen's most Excellent Majestie:
Wee, your Majestie's most Loyal and Dutiful subjects, ye Representatives of your Majestie's province of New Hampshire, and in General Assembly convened, most humbly begg leave to prostrate ourselves at the feet of your sacred Majestie, and now at this time more especially to represent to your Majestie, That our ancestors and predecessors some eighty years past coming over from England, and issueing out from the neighboring Colonies, and by and with their concurrence and encouragement, peaceably and in a publick manner entered and satt downe upon the now inhabited lands of this province, and which were not only then vacuum domicilium, but a miserable desart, and surrounded with the Barbarous Salvages, from whose Sachems our ancestors all along informed and assured us the said lands were honestly and justly purchased for their use.
That wee and our ancestors through the great mercy of Almighty God, by the expence of our treasure and the work of our hands, have now turned this wilderness into a fruitful field.
That wee and our predecessors have, with the expense of our lives and estates, defended this your Majestie's province in two long and distressing Warrs, against the Barbarous Salvages, assisted by the French King's subjects, and which wee are yet engaged in, and must have suffered very much were wee not encouraged and protected by the great and constant care and vigilance of his Excellency our Governor, and the assistance of his other government, both as to men and money.
That by the diligence, industry and expence of your Majestie's Loyal subjects of this your Majestie's Province, wee have soe improved this your Majestie's Country, that the trade thereof has become very Considerable, and of great Importance and advantage to your Majestie and your people of Great Britaine.
That all this has been done without the least Aid or Assistance Imaginable of Mr. Mason, or those that succeed him in their pretended Claime to this Countrey.
That the possessions and Estates of this province have been
bought and sold, and have descended from family to family for Now neare seventy years tog er; and Except it be a very few of the Inhabitants, is all they have in the World. Notwithstanding all which, by the Governor's interposition, who endeavored to Reconcile the difference between Mr. Allen and the people (and not from any difference of our own Right) wee made Overtures to an Agreement; but Mr. Allen's death prevented any further proceedings therein.*
That if your Majestie's most loyal subjects of this your Majestie's province may, by your Majestie's Royal favor, be confirmed and encouraged in the possession and Enjoyment of what they have acquired so Just a Right to, and may yett be protected and defended from the unreasonable and unjust Claim and demand of Mr. [Thomas] Allen, which they confidently promise themselves from the late instance of your Majestie's great Justice done them in the same case, when Mr. Allen Appealed from a Judgment of your Superior Court here to your Majestie in Council, where Judgment was affirmed in favor of the Inhabitants, & hereby your Sacred Majestie will not only have the Gratefull Acknowledgments of your Majestie's most Loyal and Dutiful Subjects in this your Majestie's province; but your Majesty and your people in all places will reap the benefitt and advantage thereof in the Increase of the Trade of this Countrey by a greater supply of your Majestie's Navy.
Whereupon, wee your Majestie's most loyal and dutiful subjects, the Representatives of this your Majestie's Province, with all humble prostration, doe, in the Name and behalfe of all your Majestie's people, the Inhabitants of this your Majestie's province, most humbly supplicate your sacred Majesty to take the Circumstance of our Case and Condition into your Royal Consideration, on whose Wisdom, Justice and favour Wee shall alwayes rely and intirely submitt ourselves to, who are your Majesty's most, &c.
*“May 7, 1705. Samuel Allen, Esq., deceased, (some time Governor of N. H.) after 3 or 4 days' visitation with fever and pleuritical pains; a sober and worthy gentleman." (Aged 69.)-Pike Journ.