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1690. Hence, after Blackwell's departure for England, w in the year 1690, the irregularities, which ensued,
or were attempted, in consequence of this diffe-
“ WHEREAS, the Provincial Council, accordfident and ing to the powers of the present commission of Council, in government, have, at their first sitting, chosen a 1690.
President,* and have fince, in a legislative coun* Viz. Tho. cil, continued him, till they should fee cause to of the amo. alter their choice; and having likewise ordered the 1689-90. succeeding councils to be called by him, or, in
his absence, by notice sent by fix members from this place; yet, notwithstanding, these members, William Clark, Luke Watson, Griffith Jones, John Brinkloe, John Cann, Johannes D’Haes, did privily meet together, in the council-room, upon the twenty-first instant, without fignifying the least syllable of their intentions, of having a council, either to Thomas Lloyd, the elected and continued President, or to any member of the province; and there, in an irregular and undue manner, have presumed to act, as a council, and have issued forth pretended commissions, for constituting Provincial Judges, contrary to the express letter of the laws, and have nominated fome therein, who, under their prefent circumstances, are unqualified for that station; as, upon occasion, shall be made appear; and have voted extravagant and
contradictory orders. This board, having well 1690.
Note.--Third month, 1690, the names of the members of Assembly
1690. force. Whereof all Magistrates, officers and other
persons concerned, in this government, are to
6. THOMAS LLOYD, President." This disagreement appears afterwards to have 1691. increased, and, in the fore part of the
year 1691, Three proceeded to greater extreme.*
The Proprietary, of whether to gratify, or indulge the humor of the Executive govern.
colony, and thereby induce a coalescence of the ment offer- two parties, or with whatever other design, (which, ed by Wm.
no doubt, was well intended,) had left to the choice of the Council, three different methods, or modes, of the executive part of government, viz. either that of the Council, of five commissioners, or of a Deputy Governor: This affair, with other matters, being, about that time, agitated in Council, and the province, or the majority, inclining to the last of these methods, feven mem
* The following proposals, said to be made to the Provincial Council, by Griffith Jones and William Clark, in behalf, and for the ease and saw tisfaction of the inhabitants of the three lower counties, or the territories, may further shew the views of the members for the said counties, in this affair, viz.
1. “ That there be forthwith a writ issued forth, for chusing a member of Council, for the county of Suflex, in the room of Thomas Cliftor.
11. “ That the comprisions given out, by both Councils, for judges, be wholly laid aside; and that the inhabitants of the three lower coun. ties may recommend to the council two persons to be commissionated,, for judges, to act the next Spring, and that to continue no longer.
III. « That, at the next legiflative council, a bill be proposed by the council, to enable the nine members of the lower counties, or any lix of them, to appoint three judges, to act in that station, in the said three counties, and that there be also three for the province, always provided; that the judges do act by the laws of Pennsylvania.
IV. “That for the ease of the charge, there be a dispensing with the meeting of the Assembly, unless it be for the confirming of thefe ali terations.
v. “That all other officers be, from time to time, appointed by the faid nine members of the three lower counties, or any fix of them, to ad there; and that no other officers may be imposed upon them.
VI. “ That the fairs for New.castle be confirmed unto them. All which being by you granted, we hope, may be a means to keep things quiet; which shall be diligently endcayoured by your real friends, although otherwise represented, or fufpested."
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bers, for the lower counties, viz. William Clark, 1691.
In this they declared,
Thirdly, " That the method of a Deputy Go-
Fourthly, " But that, rather than the country should be without government, they would consent to that of the Council; provided no officers whatever were imposed upon any of the three lower counties, without the consent of the respective members of Council for these counties.
Fifthly, “ That they desired to excuse them, selves for not agreeing to have these things put to the vote; which, they said, they had experienced, the members for the province would scarce ever do, till they were sure it would go against them.
Sixthly, “ That they, in behalf of the lower counties, protested against the acceptance of any commiffion, but that of the five persons, and re*
1691. folved, that should the province act otherwise, they i would govern themselves by the commission, then
in force, till the Proprietary's pleasure should be known therein:"--- And thereupon they immediately withdrew their attendance.
What just or fufficient cause, they had for this conduct, doth not clearly appear: it gave many
of the members of the Provincial Council, as well
as the Proprietary himself, much concern and unEndeavours easiness; and great endeavours were used, and used to reconcile
much pains taken by both, to reconcile them; them, &c. but not with all thc desired success: for their
greatest ostensible objection against this commission of a Deputy Governor, which the province most inclined to, appearing to be the expence of his support, and their jealousy of having their officers removed, fo, to relieve their apprehensions, in these respects, &c. at President Lloyd's request, John Sincock, John Bristow, John Delavall
, with David Lloyd, went after them, to New-Caffle, to endeavour their return, &c. but in vain.*
Hence, * The Prefident writ to them by these persons, as follows, viz. “ Fobu Cann, Fobn Brinkloe, George Martin, William Clark, R. Halliwell, John Hill, Albert Facobs.
« Friends, “ I am sorry for this breach, which you have made upon the laws, charter and council procedure; you have withdrawn your attendance, without any jult cause; lay aside obstinacy, wilful neglect and self in tercit, I cannot conceive what can support you, at lait, but the absurd lenity of the Government. Recollect yourselves; consider well the confufion, to which this your rashnefs may expose you, and many innocent inhabitants of the lower counties; and return unto your ducy, and repesentative Service here, and we shall lovingly receive you, and so dispatch, I hope, in a short time, the present emergencies before
And I do further, for your encouragement, assure you, and faithfully promile unto you, that the charge of the Chair, and support of me under this present commifion, shall not press, nor burthen you, or them, whom you represent, one penny; unless you jointly, and at your volun. tary accord, not only offer, but request the acceptance of your heuevolence, through the method of a General Asembly. I have not further at this time, but request you to be serious, and, if you defire to be apart, let it be done with the same folemnity, whereby you were united to us. Your officers, duly qualified, shall continue till our Proprietary's pleasure be further known, and not to be removed, without your respective concura. I expect to see you soon up with us.
" Your abused Friend and Chairman Council-room, the 4tb. of the Second-month, 1691."