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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1727-1729 With Appendix of Statutes, 1714-1726
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Acts Not Previously Printed. 529


Church of England, without any motives ever heard of by this Gen-
eral Assembly, save those of interest for the sake of his Practice,
and having opportunity thereby of serving a Popish Faction on all
occasions, as he has frequently done, particularly in his appearing in
the Defence of some of them, when prosecuted in a special Court
of Oyer and Terminer, for Drinking the Pretender's Health, and
audaciously Cursing his Sacred Majesty King George, and for
firing the City Guns on the supposed Birth Day of the Pretender;
on which occasion he so warmly espoused their Cause, as even to
dare that Court to proceed against them, altho' at the time when
the said Guns were fired, the Governour being occasionally absent
upon the service of the Province, and the said Thomas Macnamara
being then Mayor of the said City, it was his Duty as Chief Magis-
trate in the place, to have issued his Warrant in order to the dis-
covering and prosecuting the Offenders, which he not only totally
omited to do, but instead thereof Espoused their Cause, in manner
aforesaid. And whereas it is obvious to the present General As-
sembly, that the said Macnamara's Insolence has much increased
since he had the Honour to be Employed to prosecute the Suits of
the Crown, by the Means of the said Maurice Birchfield, Esq; inso-
much as he has Affronted the Governour, and Chancellour of this
Province publickly in the Execution of his Office; and altho' re-
quired by the Right Honourable the Lords Baltemore and Guilford

to make a Reasonable Submission for such his Offence, has willfully

declined it, altho' his Excellency was pleased to give him, with great
Tenderness, a handsome Opportunity of doing it, which gives a
sufficient Testimony of the said Macnamara's Continued Resolution
to persist in the Justification of his ill Conduct; which sundry Mag-
istrates of the best Esteem have declared themselves so uneasie
under, that they will not longer continue in their Stations, if so
Turbulent and Insolent a Person be allowed to practice before them,
as by a Representation hereto Annexed more fully appears.
All which Actions, and many more (some whereof he has been
Convict of, and others been acquitted from by his Management of
Juries and subtilty in the Law, too tedious to Enumerate) are of so
Haughty and Daring a Nature, that the Honour of the Government
cannot be supported, nor the Magistrates be safe and easie in the
Execution of Justice, nor the Peace of this Province preserved
Unless some Remedy be provided for the Discouragement of him
the said Macnamara in such his Practices.
And whereas the said Macnamara has appeared to two several
Indictments found against him in the Provincial Court, and one in
Anne-Arundel County-Court, within this Province, in the Year
Seventeen Hundred and Eighteen; And whereas there was one
other Indictment found against him in the Provincial Court in the
same Year, as by the said several Indictments annexed may more

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Session
Laws

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