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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March 1697/8-July 1699
Volume 22, Page 75   View pdf image (33K)
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Maryland ss:
Porte of Annapolis March the 10th 1697/8.
Whereas the Generall Assembly of this province according
to his Matys writte of Election, directed to the Severall and
respective Sherrifes of the Severall Countys to sumon and call
together the freeholders and Inhabitants of the said Countyes
to elect and choose Delegates or Representatives for their
Severall Countyes, as also to the Mayor Recorder and Alder-
men of the City of St Mary's and the freemen of the said city
to elect and choose two citizens for to serve for the said City,
which said Writts bear date and were Issued the 11th day of
Ianry in the in the nineth year of his Maty5 reigne &c Annq:
dmi 1697 could not possibly be convened and mett together
att the porte of Annapolis upon the 23d day of ffebry 1697/8
as by the said writts of Election was appointed his Excy the
Govr with advise of the Gentlemen of his Matys honble Coun-
cill did by his Matys writt of prorogation bearing date the 23d
day of ffebry 1697/8 prorogue, deferr and put off the said
meeting of the Generall Assembly which to have been on
the 23d day of Ffebry aforesaid untill the 8th day of March
ensuing att which said 8th day of march severall Gent
being elected, to serve for their Severall countyes as also
for the City of St Maryes did according to the prorogation afd
meet in the State house in this porte, but for as much as they
did not conceive themselves as then a sufficient number to
proceed to business or choose a Speaker, none of the Gent
elected for the Severall countyes on the Eastern Shoar of the
province appearing in the house or being then arrived, they
sygnifyed their resolution to his Excy the Govr Whereupon he
was pleased by his Matys other writt of prorogation dated the
8th Ins' further to prorogue them untill the 10th day ensuing att
which time it was hoped that all or most of the Gen' on the
Eastern shoar being arrived (to witt of Talbott, Kent, and
Caecill Countyes the Severall Gen' Elected according to the
prorogation last mentioned did assemble themselves together
in the State house and having made his Excy the Govr
acquainted therewith he commanded them having taken the
oaths, by law appointed and subscribed the Test to Elect and
choose their Speaker.
Whereupon they Elected and choose the honble Major
Thomas Smithson Speaker of the house, and accordingly

Original
Journal.
p. 157



 
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