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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1693-1697
Volume 20, Preface 13   View pdf image (33K)
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                           Preface.                  xiii




     Josias Fendall, and Capt. John Coode, hath made so great a noise at

     London; and therefore I thought it necessary to give you an account

     of it, as having been formerly an Inhabitant of Maryland and an Eye

     witness of the carriage of Capt. Fendall in the years 1659, and 1660,

     when he Perfidiously broke his oath and Trust, being Governour of this

     Province; cancelled his Commission from the then Lord Proprietor,

     and took a new one from the Assembly. For that offence he was

     only Fin'd and declar'd uncapable of ever bearing any Office in this

     Province, as you may remember, and that hath gaul'd him ever since;

     and to get into Office he now sets all his Wits to work inciting the

     People in Charles's County to Mutiny and Sedition; and Tampering

     with some of the Justices of Peace in St. Marie's County: First

     telling the People they were Fools to pay any Taxes (though laid by

     Act of Assembly) that there was Wars in England between the King

     and the Parliament; and that now nothing was Treason, a man might

     say anything; And then to the Justices hinting how easie a matter it

     was to overturn the Government here by seizing the Lord Proprietor,

     the Chancellor Secretary and Colonel Darnall, all the rest (as he

     said) signifying nothing. The Justice of the Peace told him he had no

     Commission, and that it would be downright Rebellion. He went from

     him, and revealed this discourse to another Justice, who discovered

     this whole matter to my Lord. Shortly after this Capt. John Coode

     falls upon a time, at a Feast, into discourse with a Papist, who was

     suing a Friend of his for a piece of Land; and said, That he need not

     trouble himself for a piece of Land, for that no Papist in Mary-land

     should be Owner of any Land at all in this Province within three

     months; for that he had ten thousand Men at his Command; and he

     could make it High-water or Low-water when he pleased.

       After this, Coode was observed to make Visits to Fendal, which he

     never used to do before, and they both went over into Virginia; and

     within a few days after their return from thence, a Boat designed for

     Carolina from Maryland, was forced in by bad weather to a House in

     Virginia, where the Owner of the Boat heard that Fendal and Coode

     had been thereabouts; and that the whole discourse there was that

     Fendal intended to raise Mutiny in Maryland, and that he and Coode

     would carry their Families into Virginia. This being Sworn to, and

     at that very instant Information being given, that one of Capt.

     Coode's Servants reported, that his Master intended to remove his

     Family on the Thursday following into Virginia; made my Lord think

     it high time to look to the Security and Peace of the Province, and


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