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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1698-1731
Volume 25, Page 553   View pdf image (33K)
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                [Board of Trade to Justices]      M.

        To their Excellencies the Lords Juctices Bdle. 55

    May it please Your Excellencies

       In Obedience to Your Excellencies Order of the 23th July

    last annexed to an Extract of a Presentment from the Com

    missioners of the Customs, We humbly Represent to Your

    Excellencies that in Our Opinion the constituting Atturneys

    General in each respective Plantation as moved for by the

    Commissioners of the Customes, will be conducing to the ends

    by them proposed, And that therefore in Order to the putting

    of that Designe in Execution, we have advised with Mr Edward

    Randolph Surveyor Generall of His Majesties Customes in

    the Continent of America, and are by him informed that

    William Randolph, the present Atturney Generall in Virginia,

    is wholly unacquainted with the Laws and practise of the

    Court in England; That George Plater the present Atturney

    Generall in Maryland is a favourer of Illegal Trade; That

    David Lloyd the present Atturney General in Pensilvania has

    declared that he served for the Province only, and there

    upon refused to put several forfeited Bonds in Suit; That

    Anthony Checkly, the present Atturney General of the Masa

    chusetts Bay is not only ignorant of the Laws of England, but

    has himself been an illegal Trader; For which Reasons we are

    also humbly of Opinion That the forenamed persons are not

    fit to be His Majestys Atturneys Generall, however fitt they

    may be judged by the Proprietors of any of those Provinces

    for the places that they have power to dispose of and that it

    may be expedient for his Majestys service that the Persons

    following (whom the said Mr Edward Randolph represents as

    duely qualified) may be constituted His Majestys Atturnys

    General for the respective Colonies hereafter mentioned, viz:

       For Virginia, Maryland, Pensilvania (as also for North Caro

    lina and West Jersey, where there is at present no Atturney

    General) Edward Chilton.

       For the Massachusetts Bay (as also for Rhode Island and

    New Hampshire where there is at present none) Thomas


       For New Yorke (as also for East Jersey and Connecticut

    where there is at present none) James Graham.

       These being the only alterations of this kinde for which we

    have any grounds suggested to us, we omit to mention those


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