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foaded, that, in this arduous and cri. has been improvidently squandered ; alte prition, an tical conjuncture, we should think we that many individuals "enjoy finecra exha fell short of that duty which we owe to places, efficient places with exorbitantes, 80 : your Majesty, and to our country, if we moluments, and pensions unmerited sedlahy did not chearfully lay hold of the earliest public service, to a large and fill-increase torch opportunity to convey to your Majesty fing amount; whence the crown has to be our warmest approbation of the generous quired a great and unconstitutional and manly counsels by which thofe juft fluence, which, if not checked, may for and prudent measures in favour of this prove fatal to the liberties of this coup* kingdom have been happily advanced ; try. and, we trust, will fpeedily and steadily Your petitioners conceiving, that is be carried into final execution.
true end of every legitimate governme As the first corporation in this king. is not the emolument of any individus he pres dom, we feel ourselves particularly call- but the welfare of the community; a no ed upon to be first, at the present crisis, confidering, that, by the constitution in teltifying our unfhaken loyalty to your this realm, the national purse is intruf. Majesty's person and government, and in a peculiar manner to the custody our inviolable determination to manifeft this Honourable House ; beg leave fi. to the world, that we have moft fincere- ther to represent, that, until effect ly at heart the success and welfare of our measures be taken to redress the oppt fellow-subjects of Great Britain, and the five grievances herein stated, the gr general prosperity of the British empire. of any additional sum of public mon In teftimony whereof, we have caused beyond the produce of the present tast
the common seal of the said city to will be injurious to the rights and p be hereunto affixed, this 6th day of perty of the people, and derogatory fr . Nr January 1780.”
the honour and dignity of parliament
Your petitioners therefore appealfa dua At a numerous meeting of persons of to the juftice of this Honourable Hor% the greatest consideration and property do moft earnestly request, that befia upole se in the county of York, held at York, any new burthens are laid upon this corrientes Dec. 30. the following petition was una try, effectual measures may be taken 3 uten nimuully agreed to.
this House to inquire into and corrupted “ To the Hon. the Commons of Great the gross abuses in the expenditure and on the Britain in Parliament assembled, public money, to reduce all exorbit: para o
emoluments, to rescind and abolish The Petition of the Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders, of the County of and to appropriate the produce to
finecure places and unmerited pension
neceflities of the state in such manner of bed Sheweth,
to the wisdom of parliament shall semua That this nation hath been engaged meet. for several years in a most expensive and And your petitioners shall ever pr . unfortunate war; that many of our va. &c.” Juable colonies, having actually declared After which it was unanimously and h themfelves independent, have formed Refolved, a strict confederacy with France and I. “ That the petition now read to the Spain, the dangerous and inveterate e meeting addrefled to the House of Co nemies of Great Britain ; that the con- mons, and requesting, that before and in fequence of those combined misfortunes new burthens be laid upon the count hath been, a large addition to the natio- effectual measures may be taken by to nal debt, a heavy accumulation of taxes, Houfe to inquire into and correcto a rapid decline of the trade, manufac- grofs abuses in the expenditure of in tures, and land-rents, of the kingdom. blic money, to reduce all exorbitant
Alarmed at the diminished resources moluments, to rescind and abolish and growing burdens of this country, finecure places and unmerited pensio and convinced that rigid frugality is now and to appropriate the produce to indispensably necessary in every depart- necessities of the state, is approved ment of the state, your petitioners ob- this meeting.” serve with grief, that, not witbitanding 2 . " That a committee of fixty-lym the calamitous and impoverished condi- gentlemen be appointed to carry on tion of the nation, much public money neceffary correspondence for effectue