Opening Day:
Maryland Centennial Legislatures of
1700, 1800, and 1900

Archives of Maryland: Documents for the Classroom

A Special Message from
the President of the Senate and
the Speaker of the House
January 12, 2000



Sparrow Seal
Sparrow Seal. This seal first appeared in 1765 on the title page of the Reverend Thomas Bacon's compilation of the Laws of Maryland, and until 1793 it ornamented printed editions of the session laws of the Assembly. Carved on a wood block by Thomas Sparrow, ward and employee of the Annapolis printer, Jonas Green, the Sparrow seal bears the Latin motto "Crescite et Multiplicamini," which means "Increase and Multiply."

The Documents for the Classroom series of the Maryland State Archives was designed and developed by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse and Dr. M. Mercer Neale and was prepared with the assistance of Lynne MacAdam, R.J. Rockefeller and other members of the Archives' staff. MSA SC 2221-27. Publication no. 2078.

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