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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1766-1768
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cvi Introduction.

pamphlets, their political significance, their possible authorship, and their place
of publication, in Volume LIX of the Archives, and in Lawrence C. Wroth's
A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland, 1922 (pp. 220-222).


In the Appendix will be found reproduced several contemporary archival
manuscripts of the 1766-1768 period hitherto not printed, which have a direct
bearing upon Assembly affairs. There is also reproduced here an undated peti-
tion, which recent investigations show can now be dated 1760-1761.

I. Petition from Sundry Inhabitants of St. Paul's Parish, 1760-1761. This
petition seeks legislative authority to impose an annual tax of 3 pounds of
tobacco upon each taxable inhabitant of the parish to hire an organist to play
on the "very good Organ in their Church." This petition, although undated can
be assigned to the 1760-1761 period by a study of the signers, at least one of
whom died in the year 1761, and some of whom did not arrive in Baltimore
County until 1760. There are a number of German names among the signers,
but whether these were members of St. Paul's Church, or German Lutherans
fond of music, cannot be determined with certainty. About this period other
Maryland parishes showed an interest in organ music. Dr. Gustavus Brown
had, in 1758, presented an organ to the Portobacco Church, Charles County,
and the inhabitants had secured legislation to have imposed a tax of 4 pounds
of tobacco per poll upon the county taxables for a salary for an organist (Arch.
Md. LVI, xxiii, xxiv; LVIII, xxxii, liii), but when St. Anne's Church, An-
napolis, sought authority in 1763 to levy a tax of 8 pounds of tobacco to employ
Frederick Victor, a foreigner, as organist, the Lower House promptly rejected
this extravagance (Arch. Md. LVIII, xxv, xxxii, li).

II. Instructions from the Proprietary to Sharpe. These Instructions can-
celled a former order not to assent to the passage of an act curtailing his right
to license ordinaries; and the Proprietary now, under date of August 15,
1766, authorized Sharpe and the Upper House to approve such a bill in view
of the opinion of the Council that he had no legal claim to the fees under
his prerogative. This permission, he said, was given because it had been repre-
sented to him that his claim to those fees tended to obstruct justice and
produce general dissatisfaction and that he, knowing the zeal and attachment
of Sharpe and the Upper House to his interests, now revoked his previous
instructions and directed them "to proceed in the matter as in their discretion
seemed fit." The Instructions will be found on pages 501-502 of the Appendix.
The controversy over the licenses from ordinaries has been discussed at length
in a previous section (pp. cii-cv).

III. Writs of Replevin. The repeatedly rejected Lower House bill author-
izing the issuance of writs of replevin out of the county courts as well as out
of the provincial courts at Annapolis again came up and was rejected by the
Upper House at the November-December, 1766, session. Its significance will
be found explained on page xl. It is printed on pages 503-504.

IV. Worcester County tax levy for 1766. This Worcester County tax levy
was adopted by the county court at a meeting held December 8, 1766, at Snow-


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