To His Excellency ARTHUR DOBBS, Esq.; Captain-General, Governor and Commander in Chief, in and over the Province of North Carolina. The Humble ADDRESS of the ASSEMBLY.
We his Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Members of the Assembly of North-Carolina, beg Leave to return your Excellency our Thanks for your Speech, at the Opening of this Session.
The great Advantages gained last Campaign over the common Enemy in America, opens to us a Prospect of future Peace and Safety, the Enjoyment of our Rights and Possessions, and getting rid of the Encroachments of the French forever hereafter on this Continent. And though we are most sensibly affected with the distressed Circumstances of may of our constituents, who, by the unseasonable Weather last Summer, now suffer for Want of Bread, and are scarce able to pay the burthensome Taxes, already laid on them, to raise the former Aids by us granted for his Majesty's Service, in prosecuting this just and necessary War: Yet, willing to demonstrate our Duty to the best of Kings, and Zeal for the Common Cause, will, on this critical Event, raise such furher Supplies as the impoverished Circumstances of the People will bear; trusting, that the Goodness of the British Parliament, upon his Majesty's Recommendation, will induce them, in Compassion to the Indigency of our Circumstances, to make us a suitable Compensation for the Expences and Disbursments we have been at, in prosecuting the present War, in Vindication of his Majesty's just Rights and Possessions on this Continent; as we shall take Care to authorize an Agent faithfully to represent the same, and produce necessary Documents thereof.
We are sensible of your Excellency's steady Regard for the Service of his Majesty, the Welfare and Prosperity of the People under your Government, and the Trade and Happiness of all his Majesty's Subjects; and ardently wish that your Administration may be long and happy.
To which Address, his Excellency was pleased to return the following ANSWER;
The just Sense you have of his Majesty's Goodness and Resolution of defending his just Rights in America, and securing the future Peace, Safety and Happiness of this, and the other Colonies, from our inveterate Enemies, and the steady Zeal you have always shewn, in doing your utmost, in the impoverished State of this Province, and Readiness in doing your utmost, to co-operate in the Cause of Religion and Liberty, I shall faithfully lay before his Majesty, and are very grateful to me.
I return you Thanks for your kind Acceptance of my Endeavours to serve his Majesty, and to encrease the Trade and Happiness of this Province, and all his Majesty's Subjects; which shall be my constant Care.