I have the honor herewith to transmit to your Lordship the Journals of the last session of the House of Assembly, wherein is a transaction that is without precedent in this government. Mr Crawford one of the burgesses directed a letter to the House, inserted in the Journals (folio 77) requesting leave to resign his seat therein, the resignation was accepted, and an address sent to me desiring I would order a writ to issue for the election of a new member in the room of Mr Crawford: This address I laid before his Majesty's Council, for advice on a subject of so delicate a nature. They were unanimously of opinion (as appears on the minutes of the Council Journals of the first of this month) that the resignation was unprecedented, and advised therefore, I should wait for his Majesty's instructions on this point, In consequence whereof I hope to be honored with his Majesty's commands before the next General Assembly, for as I am of opinion this address was presented to me on the full conviction, that the House had a right to accept the resignation of any of their members, so on the other hand I am inclined to believe they will readily relinquish this claim when they find it unwarranted by any usage of Parliament
Every other transaction I flatter myself will be found to have been conducted with great regularity and harmony. The marginal notes will readily direct your Lordship to the principal matters in these Journals.
The inclosed estimate of the expences in running the western frontier line of this province, will state the particular charges thereof. I defrayed my own expences while on that service, and carried them to the account of the satisfaction and amusement I experienced in the tour, and the discovery I made of our increasing body of industrious inhabitants, happily settled in a healthy and luxuriant clime and soil. From this experience I am of opinion it is the face and situation of a country rather than the degrees of its latitude which makes it healthy or sickly.
I beg leave to observe that the great attention which has been paid by the General Assembly at this last session for the happier establishment of the civil government of this country, and their generous