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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1764-1765
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Appendix. 373


REMARKS | UPON A | MESSAGE, | sent by the | Upper to
the Lower | House of Assembly | of | Maryland, 1762. | Containing
a Vindication of the latter, in their Conduct relative to a Supply |
Bill for His Majesty's Service; and | occasionally interspersed with
some | curious and in- teresting Particulars, respecting the Con-
stitu- tion of the said Province, | By a Friend to Maryland, |
Quibus indiciis? Quo teste probavit? | Nil horum; Verbosa et
grandis yEpistola venit, Juvenal. | Printed in the Year MDCCLXIV

Contempo-
rary Printed
Pamphlet
Md.Hist.Soc.
p. [1]

Remarks, &c.

The Right of an Individual to animadvert upon public Measures,
has never been controverted, in a free Government, but by the Ene-
mies of Liberty, and the Patrons of Corruption. "I enjoy this great
Privilege (says a political Writer) by being born in a free Govern-
ment, that, as a private Man, I am not accountable to the greatest
Man in the State for my Actions; but the greatest Man in the State,
in a public Station is accountable to me." And it is very well ob-
served, by another Writer of the same Class, that every Man who
enjoys Property hath some Share in the Public, and therefore the
Care of the Public is, in some Degree, every such Man's Concern."
As this Right therefore, I presume, will hardly be contested by any
but those whom I should be proud to see my Opponents, I shall make
no Apology for the Talk I have undertaken. The Subject of the
following Remarks, is I conceive, of too interesting a Nature to pass
entirely unnoticed; and the Practice I shall endeavour to expose,
may, in its Consequences, be so extremely injurious, not only to a
particular Sett of Men, but to the Province in general, that I think
it high Time to give some Check to it, by convincing the Authors,

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that although a well-timed Prorogation may prevent, or at least
suspend the Lash of Parliamentary Correction, yet it cannot screen
their unjustifiable Conduct from public Examination and Censure.
A new political Nostrum has lately been introduced by our State
Empyrics, which has been administered with great Success as to
themselves, though I conceive with no less Danger to the Constitu-
tion of the Body Politic. It has been, for some Time past, the Prac-
tice of the other Branches of the Legislature, to introduce all their
Misrepresentations of the Lower House so late in the Session, as to
preclude a Possibility of replying before a Prorogation; so that, by
keeping the Field of Battle, they have appeared in the Light of Con-
querors to those who are either too unskilful, or too indolent to
examine, with a critical Eye, into all the Operations on both Sides.

The Purpose of this low Craft seems to be, that the long Interval
between the Rising and the next Meeting of the Assembly, may
obliterate all Remembrance of past Injuries, and abate the Ardour
of the Lower House to vindicate their Conduct; and that their
venomous Calumnies may work their intended Mischief, before there
is an Opportunity of applying an adequate Remedy. The last Session

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