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The Court of Appeals of Maryland, A History
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after revolution to 1805 65

would require much of the time and attention of
the new judges. And the amount of judicial busi-
ness being small, only a small salary, the equiva-
lent of $533.33 a year, was allowed for each
judge. Notwithstanding the importance of the
function of appellate review, therefore, the office
created for it by the constitution was not one suited
to a very active lawyer. It seems likely that the
framers of the constitution had not fully thought
out the practical working of their plan to secure
lawyers for this court, or they may have contem-
plated that only those lawyers should be utilized
who depended little upon the practice of the law
for their incomes. Generally speaking, all the
leading men, lawyers and otherwise, owned and
farmed large areas of land, or plantations, and at
the time of the Revolution there were few trained
lawyers who depended mainly on the law for in-
come; nearly all of them depended upon agricul-
ture more or less, the individuals differing in their
division of time and attention between the one oc-
cupation and the other. Some, like Dulany, Jen-
ings, Paca, Samuel Chase, Jeremiah Townley
Chase, and Cooke, to name a few only, devoted
themselves mainly to the law and had town houses
in Annapolis largely for the purpose of practice
before the courts centered there; and many of the
large houses of the period still standing in the
town were once known by the names of lawyers.
The old house now part of Carvel Hall Hotel, for
instance, was the Paca House until 1780, and after
Jenings' purchase of it from Paca in that year was
known as the Jenings House. Cooke lived for a
time in a house immediately to the south of the

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