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 COUNCIL.
Please to accept the Thanks of his Majesty's ever dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Members of his Council, for your Speech at the Commencement of this Session. We are highly sensible of the Divine Favour, so eminently manifested, by the Success of his Majesty's Arms during the last Campaign; which we hope will be further extended to us, so as to be soon productive of that greatest of Blessings, a safe and honourable Peace; securing to us, and our Posterity, our holy Religion, Liberties and Properties.
His Majesty's wife and paternal Care of his American Dominions, and the prodigious Exertion of the Power of our Mother Country in their Defence, appears in a very conspicuous Light to us: We should therefore make but an ungrateful Return, did we not, at this important Period, do all that lay in our Power to co-operate with those Measures calculated to secure our future Safety and Happiness. We shall therefore chearfully join with the other House, in doing whatever we are able, to procure those desirable Ends. His Majesty's gracious Assurances, signified by his great and wise Minister, the Right Honourable Mr. Secretary PITT, of recommending to his Parliament a Compensation for the Expences we were at the last, and shall be this Campaign, to a further Instance of his Royal Goodness, and claims our gratefullest Acknowledgments.
As we well know your Excellency's Sentiments regarding his Majesty's Rights and the invaluable Blessings of British Liberty; we shall only say, that to the Extent of our Abilities, we shall ever endeavour to procure those Advantages we are sensible you so ardently wish to this, and all the other British Colonies.
To which Address, his Excellency was pleased to return the following ANSWER;
The grateful Sense you express of hisMajesty's paternal Care of these Provinces, by the great Expence he has been as in defending and securing the future Peace of these Provinces, and for the Favours so manifestly testified to us by the kind Hand of Providence, and your steady Zeal in concurring, in all proper Measures, for co-operating with his Majesty's Troops, is very accceptable to me, and a Proof of your Duty to the best of Kings, and constant Care for the future Peace and Safety of this Province, and his Majesty's Rights in America.