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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1667-1687/8
Volume 5, Page 137   View pdf image (33K)
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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1667-75. 137

an old Act of Assembly Ao 49. or 50 wherein the freemen
(then most popish recusants) acknowledge him their Lord
Proprietary according to his patent bearing date at West-
minster the 20. June 1632. so farr as it should not in any way
infringe or prejudice the just and lawful libberties or priviledges
of the free born subjects off the kingdom off England. And
by another Act that he was not to press any men to goe to
warr out of the province, without an Assembly and the people's
free will. But Hee comitts the fact first then calls an Assembly
to assent unto and pay the charges. Hee overswaded an
Assembly a few years agoe to give him power to raise men
uppon a sudden occasion, and with that Hee studied the late
Misschief, to yoak the inhabitants, overturne Virginia, and get
a good lump of tobacco into his pokket.
So Hee doth likwise, by pretendinge and clayminge un-
justly, severall men's plantations, as if thy were his reserved
or esscheat lands, which where legally taken up, by his warrant,
by his Surveyor General recorded in the Secretary's office and
granted firm patents under hand and great seal off the prov-
ince, and likwise contrary to Act of Assembly Ao 63. con-
cerninge quiet possession with another Act of 5. years land in
possession a good titall iff held by patent under the greate
seale. Why did Hee not primitivo tempore cause His Sur-
veyor Generall to have marked and laieth out, lands for Townes
for his Lordship's and the publicq use ? And now the Country
is brought into a confusion about it the provintiall court men
must futher all errours, but the Country's good wellfare is
thereby utterly interrupted. But before wee proceed any
further, wee must annatomize owr present provintiall Court
and Assembly, = next, that England may see who are owr
Governors and chief rulers and thereby measur the exactnes of
the legalls. viz.
Young child charles Baltemore about 9. or 10 years of age,
Governor in England chirurgien warden, a son in law Deputy
Governor in Maryland Philip Calvert, Pukly Chancellor,William
Calvert nephew, secretary, Brooks surveyor generall, kindsman,
(besides the secret Councell of priests and Natlyes) with per-
haps a son in law or kindered more) stronge papists, besids
Mr Chew Taylor and ..... half ones, with som protestants for
fashion sake, in number easily overrated with Law-Brother loe
all most forgott. Now when any thing in the popish chamber
is hatched that must have a Country cloack, warrants issue
forth to every County to choose 4. men, which my Lords officer
sheriff binds by 4 intendures to serve his turne: But at a day
afterward appointed, a writ corns but for 2 out of theas 4, pikt
out for his purpos, viz. either papists, owne creatures and
familiars or ignoramuses. These are called Deligates, but the

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