their choise upon mature consideracon and that he himselfe
concurred therein, that the said Major Smithson was a person
every way capable of that Imploymt and therefore told him
that he could not excuse him.
Then Mr Speaker on behalfe of the house, desired his Excy
that the Libertys and priviledges of the house might be rati-
fyed and allowed them by his Excy and that he might have
free access to his Excys person upon all occasions requireing
the Same, which his Excy was pleased to assure them of for
which Mr Speaker in the name of them all gave his Excy the
hearty thanks of the house.
After which his Excy was pleased to order a goun to be
given to Mr Speaker wherein he was imediately invested.
Also his Excy gave to Mr Speaker a small mace which he
told him he might make use and deliver to the person that
should be appointed to attend this house, in the nature of
Serg' att Arms, who by bearing the Same should have
Authority to take such persons and bring them before Mr
Speaker and the house, as Mr Speaker and the house should
Then was his Excy pleased to sygnify to the house the
reason of their being now called together bespeaking them as
God Almighty having been pleased by his Matys unimitable
valour and Conduct to restore an honble peace to his own
Kingdoms and Dominions as well as to his Confederates. I
think we are in all duty bound to keep as Solemn a Day of
thanksgiving in this his Maty5 Province as we are capable of,
concerning which I do not in the least doubt but that you
agree with me as also in signing a most dutyfull and Loyall
address to his most sacred Maty upon this happy occasion.
And I Judge this a proper tyme to have read to you their
Excys the Lords Justices proclamation for publishing the peace
between his Matys and the ffrench King with the severall
Articles thereof. As also the Rt Honble the Lords Comr for
Trade and plantations theire letter to me concerning the said
proclamation which being read his Excellency further added.
Mr Speaker I here give you his Matys most gracious speech
to both houses of Parliamt on ffriday the third of December
1697, and by the latter part of it you will see how extraor-
dinary happy all of us are who have the good fortune of
being Subjects to so greate a King.