I am to inform your Lordship by a vessel that sails to morrow from this river for Hull that I opened the General Assembly of this province on Monday the 23d of October, and that on Thursday the second of this month the House of Assembly without the least previous knowledge of their intention being communicated to me, unanimously adopted, and entered upon their Journals some resolves with an Address to his Majesty, similar to what was framed by the House of Burgesses of Virginia in May last
As the address of the Assembly in answer to my speech had been prepared some days before this transaction, and only waited till my health would permit me to receive it, I sent to the House on Friday the third of November to present their address, to which I made a reply. Saturday the fourth I ordered the Clerk of the House of Assembly to wait on me with the votes of that House, where finding the above mentioned resolves and address entered upon their Journals, about noon the same day I sent for the immediate attendance of the House and expressed to them my sentiments of their conduct but postponed the dissolution of the Assembly till Monday as I understood they had a Bill preparing for the appointment of an Agent agreeable to the form prescribed by his Majesty
On Monday morning the sixth, the House of Assembly sent me a message, a copy of which I enclose, together with my answer. At three I went to the Council Chamber and sent to require the immediate attendance of the House when in a speech I dissolved the General Assembly after passing a bill for the appointment of Mr Henry Eustace McCulloh, Agent for this province for two years, with three other bills.
By the advice of His Majestys Council writs for a new election are not to issue till the first of February next, the elections to beth of March and the Assembly to meet at Newbern the first week in May, before which period I much wish to be honored with his Majestys further commands, and to hear of the repeal of those Acts of Parliament laying dutys on paper, glass and colours in America.
This province appears to be in a stricter union with Virginia than any other colony, and I believe will steadily pursue the public conduct of that colony.