From the Planters of the Sugar Colonies

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A Petition of the Planters of his Majesty' s Sugar Colonies, residing in Great Britain, and of the Merchants of London, trading to the said Colonies, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That the Petitioners having, upon a former occasion, stated and laid before the House, with all the accuracy and precision of which they were capable, the worth and value of his Majesty' s Sugar Colonies in the West-Indies; their national magnitude and importance to Great Britain; their situation as depending upon their sister Colonies in North-America, for the maintenance of property and support of life; the Petitioners' fears and apprehensions of dangers and distress arising out of the unhappy disputes subsisting between Great Britain and America. They firmly trusted, if conciliation did not render it unnecessary, that these substantial motives would have made them the objects of the consideration and attention of the House; and that, in the midst of the flattering expectations that application might meet a forward disposition in the House to relieve, the Petitioners' hopes are at once blasted and cut off, by the bringing in a Bill to prohibit all trade and intercourse with the Colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the three lower Counties on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia; and that when the American Congress adopted their Non-Importation and Non-Exportation-Resolves, the fears, naturally arising to the Petitioners from them, were somewhat abated by a reliance, on the Petitioners' parts, of a relaxation on theirs, at least with regard to the Petitioners; but lest, happily for the Petitioners, this event might succeed, the present Bill not only deprives the Petitioners of the probability, but establishes the impossibility likewise; and therefore praying that, upon this ground, the Petitioners may be allowed to be heard at the bar, by

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their agents and counsel, against the said Bill; relying on the wisdom, goodness, justice, and mercy of the House, not only for special relief in this instance, but for such further assistance as the House can give.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the table, until the Report be received from the Committee of the Whole House, to whom the Bill to prohibit all trade and intercourse with the Colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the three lower Counties on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia, during the continuance of the present Rebellion within the said Colonies respectively; for repealing an Act made in the fourteenth year of the reign of his present Majesty, to discontinue the landing and discharging, lading or shipping, of Goods, Wares, and Merchandise, at the Town, and within the Harbour of Boston, in the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, and also two Acts, made in the last session of Parliament, for restraining the Trade and Commerce of the Colonies, in the said Acts respectively mentioned; and to enable his Majesty to appoint Commissioners, and to issue Proclamations in the cases, and for the purposes therein mentioned, was committed; and that the Petitioners be then heard, by their counsel, against the said Bill, upon their Petition, if they think fit.