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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1698-1731
Volume 25, Page 269   View pdf image (33K)
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       Papers Relating to Affairs in Maryland, 1701-14. 269


    declare that this province was favourably created by King        P. R. O.

    Charles the 1rst as an Asylum for them, which indeede it

    might be could they be contented, and not continually give

    Occasion of Scandall and Offence to the Government by the

    illegall practices of their priests and the Vain Malicious lyes

    they dayly invent, and disperse, to lessen the Glory of her

    Matys, and her Confederates happy Successes.

      The Second (which I have heretofore layd before your

    honble Board) rendring this province more unfortunate than

    any other of Matys Plantations, by imposeing so Great an

    hardship on her Matys free Subjects of Greate Brittaine, and

    other her Dominions, that they shall not be capable of having

    or enjoying any Office or Trust in this Government untill

    they have resided here three full years. This discourages all

    ingenious men to seek their fortunes in Maryland: And in

    the Space of fourteen years, there are scarce fourteen men

    who have undergone that tedious Disability So that the

    Natives who are ignorant, and raw in busieness, and naturally

    proude, and obstinate, are not only the Representatives in

    Assembly, but the Iustices of the County Courts: and by

    the name of Country borne, distinguish themselves from the

    rest of her Matys Subjects, and run into great heats and

    divisions, which may be of ill Consequence; for as they

    know little of the laws and good Manners they practice less.

      Thirdly many of the County Court Justices for many years

    last past, having been on return'd as Delegates to the Generall

    Assembly, on all Occasions have sought to corroborate and

    establish their Iurisdiction, by severall Acts of Assembly made

    of late Years, that they allmost believe themselves indepen

    dent of the Queens Governour, and were I to change them for

    others, there is so little Choice, the remedie might be worse

    than the disease. These Iustices especially if they are dealers,

    which everybody here are, that have anything before-hand,

    not only countenance their Customers, but too often favour

    One the Other, and would have all things under their Juris

    diction and Administration, tho' they are never so meanly quali-

    fled for the Trust; And therefore though with their tongues,

    when Seperate, they applaude the new Institution of the Itin

    erant Iustices; yet when any of them are in the House of Dele

    gates, they leave no Stone unturn'd to render it precarious,

    and abortive by refusing the Settlement of a competent Sal

    lary, to enable the four Provinciall Iustices to performe their

    Duty, and by severall other crafty Evasions looking upon

    their Honour and Grandeur to be highly eclipsed & impaird

    by the Provinciall Justices comeing to hold the Assizes, and

    before the Appearance of their full Countys, giving handsome,

    and regular Charges to the Grand Iurys of Inquest, thereby


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