Therefore on the whole matter we Conclude: We are resolved to Continue our allegiance to our most Gratious King, yet as long as his gratious favour permits us, we will peaceably (as formerly) trade with Londoners and all other nations in Amity with our Soveraigne: Protect all foraigne Merchants with our utmost force from injury in the rivers; Give letters of Reprisall to any injured within our Capes: Alwaies pray for the happy restauration of our King and repentance in them who to the hazard of their soules have opposed him.
This is unanimously consented to by the Governor, Councell and Burgesses.
The “Vindication” of the General Assembly to a letter published in London in March, 1651/1652 accusing the people of Virginia as “Rebells and Traitors” for their loyalty to Charles II; Mcllwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, Vol. 1619-1658/59, pp. 77-78.