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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1761-1771
Volume 14, Preface 9   View pdf image (33K)
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                              NOTES.

      

      

         Page 97, line 21. “no such word as Fort.” The allusion is to a

       matter that was long a bone of contention between the Lower House

       and the Proprietary. By various Acts of Assembly, founded upon the

       Act of 1664, the Proprietaries were allowed one shilling per hhd. on all

       tobacco shipped from the port, the proceeds to go to the support of the

       government. After the close of the royal government, this tax was

       disputed on the ground that this revenue was intended to erect and

       garrison forts, and that it was not a "port-duty" but a “fort-duty.”

       Examination of the act showed that this contention was unfounded

       and frivolous.

         Page 1 23, line 4. Reference is to John Wilkes.

         Page 144, line 14. Word erased in original, probably “Judas.”

         Page 178, line 46. “ffin.” So it reads in Glencairn's peculiar hand.

       Perhaps “Edin.”

         Page 248. Foot-note in original.

         Page 272, line 41. “Tributary arrows.” Under the charter the Pro

       prietary paid to the crown, in lieu of all services, two Indian arrows of

       the Province, delivered at Windsor Castle on Tuesday of Easter week.

         Page 323, line 21. The turbulent parson, Bennet Allen, was a

       friend and protégé of Baltimore, and there are many letters from him

       to his patron among the Calvert Papers, besides other documents,

       pamphlets, etc., in the collections of the Historical Society. He was a

       man of good education, great energy and determination, and no mean

       intelligence; but he was arrogant, grasping, and violent, and got into

       hot water wherever he went. The following note on him, in the hand

       writing of the late Robert Gilmor, is in the Society's collections:

       “The Rev. Bennett Allen was well known in Maryland as the fighting,

       horse-racing parson who possessed the favor of Governor Sharpe and

       the Lord Proprietor, Frederick, Lord Baltimore. He was continually

       in quarrels in his parishes, and when appointed to that of Frederick,

       against the wishes of the congregation, he forced his way into the

       church overnight through a window, by means of a ladder, on Saturday

       night, read his induction from the desk, and the Thirty-nine Articles,

       and then unbolted the door, which had had the lock taken off, and the

       next day, by some address, got into the church and pulpit, and had

       proceeded as far as the second lesson, when half-a-dozen of the gentle

       men of the vestry marched up the aisle and staircase to pull him out.

       In his letter to Governor Sharpe giving an account of the proceed

       ing, he says that he let the foremost man approach within two paces,

      

 

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