Circular Instruction of 11 September 1767

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Whereas laws have at several times been passed in many of our colonies and plantations in America by which certain parishes and districts have been empowered and authorized to send representatives to the general assemblies of the respective colonies in which the said parishes and districts lie, and sundry other regulations have been introduced by those laws relative to the said assemblies; it is our will and pleasure and we do hereby require and command that you do not upon any pretense under your government by which the number of the assembly shall be enlarged or diminished, the duration of it ascertained, the qualification of the electors or the elected fixed or altered, or by which any regulations shall be established with respect thereto INCONSISTENT with our instructions to you our governor as prejudicial to that right or authority which you derive from us by virtue of our royal commission and instructions.

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