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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1698-1731
Volume 25, Page 268   View pdf image (33K)
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                  268 Papers Relating to Affairs in Maryland, 1701—14.

            

            P. R. o.   an answer to Sr Thomas Laurences Complaint, and the Gauge

                  of tobo hhds

                    Her Matys Royall Comands, and the reviving the temporary

                  Laws, especially those for defraying the necessary Charges

                  of the Province, discharging the publiq debts of this Year, &

                  settling the Itinerant Iustices requir'd the Meeting of this

                  Assembly, and I had Some Small hopes from their Address

                  to me at the opening of the Sessions, they would have had a

                  Greater reguarde for my Advice to them, but there were not

                  Some Envious & Malicious Spiritts wanting to create heats

                  and Iealousyes among the Members of the lower House;

                  So that it was with great difficulty they consented to revive

                  the Act for Ordering & regulating the Militia of this prov

                  ince, for the better defence & Security thereof, untill the End

                  of the next Session of Assembly; as they have done the Act

                  for Lymitation of Officers fees with the like Reluctancy and

                  lymitacon of tyme, being very desirous to render those who

                  are dependent on the Government as meane as may be,

                  and discourage persons of any tollerable Qualifications from

                  discharging the Severall offices therein; And this partly to

                  Satisfye their owne Envious tempers, because they have not

                  what others better deserve, and partly being instigated by

                  a restless and pernicious Crew, who, tho they enjoy her

                  Matyes Gracious protection, are the declared Enemys of our

                  Church and State, and the busiest at the Severall Elections

                  in the Countys where they reside, to get Such ignorant &

                  obstinate people return'd, who will pursue their destructive

                  Notions and countenance their illegall proceedings.

                    There are three things in this province which make the

                  Governmt very uneasye. The Lord Proprietor and his

                  Agents and a Greate many of his and their Relations being

                  Roman Catholiques, and constantly providing and mayn

                  teyning Severall busie Iesuites. The Act of Assembly for the

                  Advancement of the Natives, and residents of this province,

                  And the Ambition and large Iurisdiction of the County

                  Court Iustices. The first, by his Lordships favour in Lands,

                  not only makes a considerable Interest with many of the

                  Inhabitants and Delegates, but also gains many proselites,

                  their priests being encouraged and Supported by them on all

                  Occasions, So that one of them had the Confidence to tamper

                  with one of my domestiques; and when they are checqu'd

                  for these Abuses, the whole party is in a flame, and ready to

                  raise a considerable Contribution for their Defence & Protec

                  tion, and with the Extreamest Spite and Malice exclayme

                  against the Severity as they term it of her Matys Instructions

                  (which indeede would be none, would they conteyne them

                  selves in any reasonable Bounds) and often are heard to

            



 
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