Petition of the Common Council of the City of London Against the Bill

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The House being informed that the Sheriffs of the City of London attended at the door, they were 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 they withdrew.

And the said Petition was read;

To the Honorable the Commons of Great Britain, in Parliament assembled, the humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in Common Council assembled, sheweth:

That your Petitioners are deeply concerned, and much alarmed, to find there is now a Bill depending before this honorable House, intituled, "An Act making more effectual provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec, in North America," which, in all civil cases, takes away the exercise of the English law, and that sacred part of it, the Trial by Jury, and substitutes in its stead the French law of Canada, whereby the freedom of the person, and security of the property of his Majesty' s subjects, are rendered very precarious.

That if this Bill passes into a law, the Roman Catholic will be the only legal established religion, without any provision being made for the free exercise of the Protestant religion, which may prove greatly injurious and oppressive to his Majesty' s Protestant subjects, who do now, or may hereafter reside in the said Province.

That the Legislative power is vested solely in persons appointed during pleasure, by the Crown, which is totally inconsistent with the liberty and principles of the English Constitution.

Your Petitioners therefore most humbly pray that the said Bill may not pass into a law.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the table.