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appointment the people have a choice; the prisoner too has a right to challenge twenty of the pannel, without giving a reason, and as many more as he can give reasons for challenging; and before he can be convicted, the jury are to be unanimous; they are all to agree that he is guilty, and are therefore all accountable for their verdict. But by this amendment, the jury (if they may be so called) are all officers of the governor's sole appointing, and not one of them can be challenged; and though a common militia-man is to be tried, no common militia-man shall be of that Jury; and so far from requiring all to agree, a bare majority shall be sufficient to condemn you. And lest that majority should be under any check or restraint, from an apprehension of what the world might think or say of the severity or injustice of their sentence, an oath is to be taken, never to discover the vote or opinion of any particular member!
These are some of the chains attempted to be forged for you by the proprietary faction! Who advised the g--
---r is not difficult to know. They are the very men, who now clamour at the assembly for a proposal of bringing the trial of a particular murder to this county, from another, where it was not thought safe for any man to be either juryman or witness; and call it disfranchising the people! who are now bawling about the constitution, and pretending vast concern for your liberties! In refusing you the last means of recommending or expressing your regard for persons to be placed over you as officers, and who were thus to be made yoứr judges in life and estate; they have not regarded the example of the king, our wise, as well as kind master, who, in all his requisitions made to the
colonies, of raising troops for their defence, directed, that “the better to faci'itate the important service, the commissions should be given to such as from their weight and credit with the people may be best enabled to effectuate the levies*.” In establishing a militia for the defence of the province, how could the “ weight and credit” of men with the people be better discovered, than by the mode that bill directed; viz., by a majority of those that were to be commanded nominating three for each office to the governor, of which three he might take the one he liked best?
However, the courts-martial being established, and all of us thus put into his honour's absolute power, the governor goes on to enhance the fines and penalties; thus, in page 49 of the bill, where the assembly had proposed the fine to be ten shillings, the governor required it to be ten pounds : in page 50, where a fine of five pounds was mentioned, the governors amendment required it to be made fifty pounds. And in page 44, where the assembly had said, “shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding five pounds,” the governors amend
“ shall suffer DEATH, or such other punishment, as shall, according to the nature of the offence, be inflicted by the sentence of a court-martial!"
The assembly's refusing to admit of these amendments in that bill is one of their offences against the Lord Proprietary; for which that faction are now abusing them in both the languagest of the province, with all the virulence that reverend malice can dictate; en
* See Secretary of State's Letters in the printed Votes. ☆ It is hardly necessary to mention here, that Pensylvania was settled by a mixture of German and English. B. V.
forced by numberless barefaced falshoods, that only the m'ost dishonest and base would dare to invent, and none but the most weak and credulous can possibly believe.
Preface by a Member of the Pensylvanian Assembly (Dr. Franklin)
to the Speech of Joseph Galloway, Esq. one of the Members for Philadelphia County; in Answer to the Speech of John Dickinson, Esq. ; delivered in the House of the Assembly of the Province of Pensylvania, May 24, 1764, on Occasion of a Petition drawn up by Order, and then under the Consideration of the House, praying his Majesty for a Royal, in lieu of a Proprietary, Gooernment*.
It is not merely because Mr. Dickinson's speech was usbered into the world by a preface, that one is made
As I am very much unacquainted with the history and principles of these provincial politics, I shall confine myself to some imperfect anecdotes concerning the parties, &c. A speech, which Mr. Dickinson had delivered in the Pensylvania assembly against the abolition of the proprietary government, having been published, and a preface having been written to it, as I think by a Dr. Smith, Mr. Galloway's speech, was held forth as a proper answer to that speech, while the preface to it appeared balanced by the above preface from Dr. Franklin. Mr. Galloway's speech, or probably the advertisement that attended it, urged, I believe, Mr. Dickinson first to a challenge, and then to a printed reply.-The controversy was quickly republished in England, or at least the principal parts of it;
and it is from the English edition of Mr. Galloway's speech (printed in London by Nicholas in 1765) that I have copied the above.
These several gentlemen however seem, for a time, to have better agreed in their subsequent opinions concerning American taxation by Great Britain ; Mr. Dickinson, in particular, having taken a very spirited line in
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to this of Mr. Galloway. Buť as, in that preface, a number of aspersions were thrown 'on our assemblies, and their proceedings grossly misrepresented, it was thought necessary to wipe those aspersions off by some proper animadversions, and by a true state of facts, to rectify those misrepresentations.
The preface begins with saying, Denny (whose administration will never be mentioned but-with disgrace in the annals of this province) was induced, by considerations to which the world is now no stranger, to pass sundry acts,” &c. thus insinuating that by some unusual base bargain, secretly made, but afterwards discovered, he was induced to pass them.
It is fit therefore, without undertaking to justify all that governor's administration, to show what those considerations were. Ever since the revenue of the quitrents first, and after that, the revenue of tavern-licences, were settled irrevocably on our proprietors and goverpors, they have looked on those incomes as their proper estate, for which they were under no obligations to the people: and when they afterwards concurred in passing any usefull laws, they considered them as so many jobs, for which they ought to be particularly paid. Hence arose the custom of presents twice a year to the governors, at the close of each' session in which laws were passed, given at the time of passing : they usually amounted to a thousand pounds per annum.
the Farmer's Letters and other pieces, which procured hiin considerable reputation. The congress declaration, nevertheless, for independence, was se ported not to have given perfect satisfaction at first, either to himself or to Mr. Galloway. And in the event, Mr. Galloway'thought proper rá come over to General Howe, and afterwards to embark for England.
But when the governors and assemblies disagreed, so that laws were not passed, the presents were witheld. When a disposition to agree ensued, there sometimes still remained some diffidence. The governors would not pass the laws that were wanted, without being sure of the money, even all that they called their arrears; por the assemblies give the money, without being sure of the laws. Thence the necessity of some private conference, in which mutual assurances of good faith might be received and given, that the transactions should go hand in hand. What name the impartial reader will give to this kind of commerce, I cannot say: to me it appears an extortion of more money from the people, for that to which they had before an undoubted right, both by the constitution and by purchase; but there was no other shop they could go to for the commodity they wanted, and they were obliged to comply. Time established the custom, and made it seem honest; so that our governors, even those of the most undoubted honour, have practised it. Governor Thomas, after a long misunderstanding with the assembly, went more openly to work with them in managing this commerce, and they with him. The fact is curious, as it stands recorded in the votes of 1742-3. Sundry bills, sent up to the governor for his assent, had lain long in his hands, without any answer. Jan. 4, the house 5 ordered, that Thomas Leech and Edward Warner wait upon the governor, and acquaint him, that the house had long waited for his result on the bills that lie before him, and desire to know, when they may ex. pect it;" the gentlemen return, and report, “ that they waited upon the governor, and delivered the message of the house according to order; and that the governor