Writing It All Down: The Art of Constitution Making for the State and the Nation, 1776-1833
Archives of Maryland Documents for the
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard,
Annapolis, MD 21401
These pdfs are viewable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
MSA SC 2221-4-1 The Magna Carta (1215) & the Petition of Right as sources for a written constitution. Maryland Gazette, October 3, 1765, MSA SC 2311; four dollar bill issued July 26, 1775. Vosloh Collection. MSA SC 1267; September 2, 1987. Baltimore Sun. Article on the Magna Carta.
Four dollar bill, Maryland Provincial Currency, issued July 25, 1775. See detail. Issued pursuant to an August 14, 1775 resolve of the Maryland Convention to promote the manufacture of gunpowder. Payable in specie at Sterling rates by January 1, 1786. On the face is a woodcut by Thomas Sparrow portraying the right of citizens to petition the king. Sparrow, an Annapolis silversmith, depicts "Liberty" (holding a pole with a liberty hat affixed, and standing on the word 'slavery' and backed by American troops carrying the flag of LIB[erty]) handing a petition (labeled CONG PETI) to "Britannia" who is being restrained by King George III (trampling on M[agna] CHARTA) in the act of setting fire to a harbor some scholars think represents Annapolis. On the back America and Britannia jointly hold an olive branch on a scroll reading PAX TRIUMPHIS POTIOR, LIBERTY
- text of the Petition of Right (1628) and Proceedings on the Petition in Parliament taken from Carl Stephenson & Frederick George Marcham, eds. Sources of English Constitutional History, (New York: Harper & Row, 1972), I:450-454.
Return to Guide to Documents
Return to Introduction
The Documents for the Classroom series of the Maryland State Archives was designed and developed by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse and Dr. M. Mercer Neale and was prepared with the assistance of R. J. Rockefeller, Lynne MacAdam and other members of the Archives staff. MSA SC 2221-04. Publication no. 3918. © 1993 Maryland State Archives.
For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Papenfuse at:
Phone: MD toll free 800-235-4045 or (410) 260-6401
Copyright July 09, 2007 Maryland State Archives