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The Court of Appeals of Maryland, A History
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grounds of St. John's College, and again,
in the house now known as the Ogle House,
at the corner of King George Street and College
Avenue. But even these men were considerable
farmers; Paca had farms on the Eastern Shore,
Jenings on the north side of the Severn River, and
Cooke in Prince George's County. Other lawyers,
and some good ones among them, remained for the
most part in their own counties, looked for their
incomes more to agriculture, and devoted to the
law as a rule only such time as was needed for
attendance upon nearby courts. And from law-
yers of this latter description were finally drawn
the judges appointed to the Court of Appeals in
1778. All five were lawyers of ability and men
with experience in public affairs, but all farmed
large tidewater plantations, and none of them had
been regular attendants upon the courts at An-
napolis. Benjamin Rumsey lived at Joppa,.on the
Gunpowder River, in Harford County; Benjamin
Mackall at Holland Point, on the Calvert County
side of the Patuxent River, near Benedict;
Thomas Jones, on Patapsco Neck, in Baltimore
County; Solomon Wright, at "Blakeford", near
the mouth of Chester River, in Queen Anne's
County; and James Murray, at "Glasgow", on the
Choptank River, near Cambridge, Dorchester
County. Two of these judges, Rumsey and Wright,
had been named by the House of Delegates for
appointment to the General Court,, along with
Charles Carroll, Barrister, in the first list of offi-
cers submitted to the Senate in April, 1777, but
they had all eventually declined. And in contrast
with those judges, who were willing to serve on the

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