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Proceedings and Debates of the 1867 Constitutional Convention
Volume 74, Volume 1, Debates 237   View pdf image (33K)
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taxed $7, 000 to help carry the election in Maryland, and
now, when the city of Baltimore and the bayshore coun-
ties were liable to the incursions of a large vagrant popu-
lation, how great an influence could be accomplished by
similar means. He had seen crowds of ruffians drive up
to the polls and take possession, and drive off the legal
voters.
Mr. Hollyday. —In know-nothing times?—[Laughter. ]
Mr. Kennedy. —No, thank God, those times are over.
It was two years ago.
Mr. Kennedy then concluded his argument in favor of
a uniform system of registration throughout the whole
State.
Mr. Nelson replied to the remarks of Mr. Wickes, and
expressed his surprise and regret that Frederick county
should have been aspersed on this floor. He should let
no word fall from his mouth reflecting on any gentleman's
county. In regard to the argument of the gentleman, and
his exposition of the limited expense of this thing, old
Ben Franklin had said that the man who bought a thing
he did not want was a spendthrift. Whether this thing
cost a dime or a thousand dollars was no matter; Fred-
erick county did not want it.
Mr. Wickes disclaimed any intention of reflecting on
Frederick county. He rejoiced in her memories and her
associations, and gloried in her renown. Chief Justice
Taney was born there. The gentleman's uncle and father
were born there, whose high talents and judicial learning
were known all over the State, and the gentleman him-
self, who had shown such ability on this floor and else
where, as was rarely equalled by any man of his age, was
born there.
Mr. Mitchell would correct an error of the gentleman
Chief Justice Taney was born in Calvert county, the small-
est county in the State.
Mr. Jones moved the following amendment, which was
adopted:
"Insert the word 'or' between the words 'federal' and
'State, ' strike out the words, 'or municipal, ' and insert
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