From the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons

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HOUSE OF COMMONS.

Thursday, October 26, 1775.

The House, being informed that one of the Sheriffs of the City of London attended at the door, he was called in; and, at the bar, presented to the House, "A Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in Common Council assembled."

And then he withdrew.

And the said Petition was read, setting forth, That the said Court, having taken into its most serious consideration the present distressed situation of our fellow-subjects in America, are exceedingly alarmed for the consequences of those

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coercive measures which are pursuing against them; measures that must (notwithstanding the great uncertainty of their success) eventually be productive of new and more burdensome taxes, the increase of an enormous national debt, and, finally, we fear, the loss of the most valuable branch of our commerce, on which the existence of an infinite number of industrious manufacturers and mechanicks entirely depends; and that his Majesty having been graciously pleased, in answer to a late humble and dutiful address and petition to the Throne, praying a cessation of hostilities with America, for the purpose of obtaining time, and thereby giving an opportunity for a happy and lasting reconciliation with his Majesty' s American Colonies, to declare that he shall abide by the sense of his Parliament, the said Court conceive it to be their indispensable duty, thus early in the session, in the most respectful manner, to apply to the House to adopt such measures for the healing of the present unhappy disputes between the mother country and the Colonies, as may be speedy, permanent, and honourable. Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the table.