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of the Country party, voted aye, as did George of Cecil. On the 30th, the
Country party made an attempt to have the duty again reduced to 2/6, and
succeeded by a vote of 17 to 22. From the first division, Waughop had changed
his vote to favor the smaller sum, Dulany was absent, Woolford had arrived,
and voted with the other three Dorchester delegates, who changed their votes
for the 2/6, the three Somerset men also changed their votes. The fourth
member of the Cecil delegation had come, and the delegation voted 2 to 2,
instead of casting three votes for the larger amount. Hemsley of Queen Anne's
was absent. Prince George's voted unanimously for the smaller amount, and
two from Baltimore as well as three from Charles, changed their votes from
the larger amount.
(4) On May 4, there were two divisions as to payment of Councillors. It
was first decided, by a vote of 19 to 23, to pay them nothing for 1733. In the
affirmative were Key, Read and Waughop of St. Mary's, who had been of
Country party leanings, while the Kent County delegation, presumably
favoring the Proprietary, voted no. Colonel Mackall voted no. The three
Somerset men voted yes. Francis of Talbot voted no, as did Brown of
Dorchester, while Trippe and Harper voted aye. George, Wood, and Ward of
Cecil voted aye, while Elliott and Hemsley of Queen Anne's voted nay.
The two Annapolitans voted aye, as did all the delegates from Charles, except
Hawkins. The compromise allowing Councillors' allowances for the present,
was carried by the Speaker's casting vote in the affirmative—the first one
recorded in Maryland—after the House divided 21 to 21. Hall of Kent, and
Brown of Dorchester changed their votes to the affirmative. The rest voted
as before. On May 5, it was voted, 22 to 20, to send a message to the Upper
House embodying this compromise. Hamilton changed his vote to the
affirmative, so no action was needed by the Speaker.
The instruction of August 10, 1734, that Nanticoke Manor be sold, reminds
us that this tract was originally laid out for the use of the tribe of Indians
of that name. (Bozman I, 110-115, 172.) About the beginning of the 19th
Century, it was thought that there might be two or three of the tribe remaining
in Maryland, though these were supposed to have part negro blood.
Marylanders lost sight of the fact that in Delaware a considerable band of
Nanticokes has continued to exist until the present, and is well described in
a pamphlet by Frank G. Speck, published as Volume II no. 4, of the
Contributions from the Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation.
SAMUEL K. DENNIS,
BERNARD C. STEINER,
JOHN M. VINCENT,
Committee on Publication.