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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1771 to June-July, 1773
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xxxviii Introduction.

tioned" (Arch. Md. LXI, xiii, xxxix, 1, xcv,-xcvi, 486-495). Of the remaining
laws to be considered, two of them concerned Georgetown, in Frederick County.
One act prohibited the raising of swine and geese in that town unless they were
kept in an enclosure (p. 250), and the other sought to prevent "the Exportation
of Flour not merchantable" from the town (pp. 251-255). A similar statute
was enacted at the 1771 session of the Assembly to prevent the export from
Baltimore not only of unmerchantable flour, but also staves and shingles having
that characteristic and "to regulate the Weight of Hay & Measure of Grain,
Salt, Flaxseed & Fire Wood within the said Town......." Under the provisions
of both the Georgetown and Baltimore laws all flour not merchantable was to
be marked with the broad arrow (pp. 261-271). For a discussion of the use
of this symbol, see Archives of Maryland, vol. XLIX, xxvi-xxvii; ibid. LXI,
liii, 445-453.

One other act remains to be considered and that was one which authorized
"the Commissioners for emitting Bills of Credit" to pay William Mills, John
Peacock and others specified sums in settlement of their claims (pp. 260-261).
This completes the local acts passed by the General Assembly during the fall
of 1771.

The comparatively short session, June 15—July 3 of the Assembly in 1773,
passed only a few local acts. One of these laws continued an act for destroying
wolves in Frederick County (p. 395), and another was for the relief of the poor
in the same county (pp. 401-402).

One statute revived and continued the act for repairing the public roads in
Baltimore County (pp. 396-397). As we have seen, the Assembly which met
in 1771 took the same action. Another act provided for "the Enlargement of
Baltimore Town." By the terms of this law about eighty acres lying to the east
and southeast was made a part of the town (pp. 397-398). It was known as
Fell's Point (pp. 362, 367, 372, 373).

At this session, during the summer of 1773, Governor Eden refused to sign
a bill relating to leases made by the rector, vestrymen and churchwardens, of
St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County (pp. 333, 389, 390).

Among the local bills which, during this meeting of the Assembly, en-
countered opposition either in the Upper, or Lower House, was one that related
to the roof of the State House. After voting that shingles instead of copper
should be used, a bill to have this work done was introduced. While it was
acted on favorably by the Lower House, the upper chamber refused to pass it
(pp. 348-349, 368, 373, 374). The corner stone of this State House had been
laid by Governor Eden on March 28, 1772, attended by a number of "the
principal Gentlemen" of Annapolis. On this occasion "a cold Collation was
provided for the Company, and after a few loyal and constitutional Toasts had
circulated, the Gentlemen retired, the Workmen giving Three Cheers on their
Departure" (Maryland Gazette, Apr. 2, 1772). It was during the November-
December session of 1769 that £7500 sterling had been appropriated to build
this State House (Arch. Md. Vol. LXII, 148-149).


 

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