Address Presented


November 1.


"The humble Address of the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled:

"Most gracious Sovereign:

"We, your Majesty' s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to return your Majesty our humble thanks for your most gracious speech from the throne.

"It is with the truest satisfaction we congratulate your Majesty on the success of your arms in the Province of New-York, the recovery of Canada, and the fair prospect of decisive good consequences, which, under the blessing of Divine Providence, is now opened by the firmness of your Majesty' s councils, the valour and good conduct of your Majesty' s officers and forces by sea and land, and by the zeal and bravery of the auxiliary troops in your Majesty' s service.

"We beg leave to assure your Majesty, that nothing would have given us equal happiness to the having been informed by your Majesty, at the opening of this session, that the troubles which have so long distracted North-America had been at an end; that your Majesty' s unhappy people in those Provinces had recovered from their delusion, and, awakened by a due sense of their misfortunes and misdoings, had delivered themselves from the oppression of their leaders, and were returned to their duty. While we lament that your Majesty' s humane and merciful intentions have been frustrated by the neglect shown to the means of conciliation, notified under the authority of your Majesty' s royal commission, we feel the strongest indignation at the insolent manner in which they were rejected; and we want words to express our abhorrence of the desperate spirit of those overbearing men, who, with an insatiable thirst of power and dominion, which has uniformly actuated all their proceedings, have now renounced allegiance to the Crown, and all political connection with Great Britain; and, with an arrogance equal to the enormity of the attempt, lest a doubt of their real designs should remain on the breast of any person whatever, have set up their rebellious Confederacies for independent States. We are fully aware of the mischief which would accrue from the success of this treason to your Majesty' s loyal Colonies, to the commerce of this nation, and, more remotely indeed, but not less certainly, to the system of Europe, and to every State upon the Continent of Europe possessed of distant Colonies.

"We reflect with pleasure on the solid advantage which will be derived from the object of the Rebels being openly avowed and clearly understood; the unanimity which will prevail at home, founded in a conviction of the justice and necessity of your Majesty' s measures. Inspired with the same zeal for the cause of our country which animates the kingdom at large, we will steadily support your Majesty in the vindication of the honour of your Crown and the just rights of Parliament, and will cheerfully concur in making the necessary provisions for those great purposes.

"The assurances of amity which your Majesty continues to receive from the several Courts of Europe afford us great satisfaction; we entertain the most grateful sense of the endeavours which your Majesty is exerting to conciliate the unhappy differences between two neighbouring Powers; and we trust that, by your Majesty' s auspicious endeavours, these misunderstandings will be removed, and Europe continue to enjoy the inestimable blessings of peace. Permit us, sir, at the same time, to return your your Majesty our dutiful thanks for your provident attention in guarding against any events which may arise out of the present situation of affairs, by keeping us in a respectable state of defence at home.

"With hearts full of duty and gratitude, we acknowledge the happiness which, under your Majesty' s mild government, is extended to every part of the British empire; of which the late flourishing state of the revolted Provinces, their numbers, their wealth, their strength by sea and land, which they think sufficient to enable them to make head against the whole power of the mother country, show that they have abundantly participated. And we earnestly hope, that your Majesty' s paternal object of restoring your distracted Colonies to the happy condition from which, by their own misconduct, they are wretchedly fallen, will be speedily attained."