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ofthisstate, 'o inrorin him tl;at both houses of the general assembly have convened and are ready to receive any com¬ munication he may be pleased to make, have performed tliai duty, and are requiisted by his excellency to inform Ibeir res* pecKve brandies, that this day at eleven o'clock, be will for¬ ward to each branch a communication by his private secretary- The speaker laid before the hou:«e a communication from his excellency the governor, wiiich on motion was taken up aud read as follows, viz.
Gentlemen ofthe Senate
and House of lie present at Ives,
Ifc will no li )ubt be highly gratifying to you, tliat your first meeting at the permanent seat of government, un¬ der the dir-pensatii»nf» of a Divine Providence should be at¬ tended with many favourable circuim^tances. With few ex¬ ceptions, tlie v,hu!e v.orld is now ("reed from <i;e turmoil and desolation of war, and le^toj ed to a state of tranquility and comfort; and even wfie. e \\ur does exist we find a people stru^|;';Hng to estoblibh that independence and liberty, which our forefathers after similar ellbrts estabiislied in lids our hap¬ py country.
As neighbours inlmbiting the J^ame continent, entitled by every principle of justice to self goveiiiment the people of Soutli America merit our best wishes.
Our country icenerally, but particularly t!;e state of Ohb has been highly favoureil.
\^'e l)uve been blessed with lieaith am! ail!.;;iigh the season appeared more unpromising than any before experienced, yet the earth brou;;iit 'brth her fruits in abundance, not only (\)v our own supply, but enou.^!) for the immense Increase or|:opu- lation and even h large excess for exportation—(Iiese with many other ble&slngs which we enjoy in an em-neut degree, ^"ive that Almlgljty Being from tvl^om tliey all proceid, the highest claim to our mot-t sincere aad grateful aokiiowled-c- menfs.
0!}io possesses advantajc^s whicli will bv ^^ -^f
proper means, cn;:b!e it to become a great agricujtuial antl manufucturln/^ state, and ft om the excellence of Its soil an I climate, perbapN no tract of country of the same extei-it, on i\)e globe, is capable of suppo?-"" < '^''eater population. Tliis is now increasing bevon/l anv 'xamjJe^ and no doubt
alibis time exceeds lialf a niLi .- i.