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Sioussat's The English Statutes in Maryland, 1903
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THE ENGLISH STATUTES IN
MARYLAND.
INTRODUCTION.
The study here presented, though itself forming a com-
plete whole, is also a sequel to the former monograph, " Eco-
nomics and Politics in Maryland, 1720-1750," etc. In that
paper it was shown that these years of Maryland history,
neglected by most writers, or regarded as quiet and unevent-
ful, constituted really a period of great disturbance. This was
on agricultural grounds, primarily, because the tobacco crop
was so excessive that prices, fixed in England, became lower
and lower, and the colonists were reduced to poverty. Con-
sequently, violent attacks were made not merely against the
Proprietor, but also against those classes whose incomes were
derived from fees or salaries—the lawyers, the clergy, and
the proprietary officers. After long wrangling over methods
of betterment, the economic condition of the provinces was at
length improved through limitation and regulation of tobacco
planting, through the development of a more varied agricul-
ture, and through the importation of a different sort of immi-
grants. During this period, also, there appeared as one of
the leaders in many of these measures the elder Daniel Dulany.
who first as a popular leader, and then as a proprietary officer,
on the one hand laid the foundation for the power exercised
in the next epoch by his sons and other relatives, and on the
other devoted himself in more ways than one to the further-
ance of the economic and political welfare of the colony.
Throughout a large part of this same period, or, to be
exact, from 1722 to 1732, another controversy was heatedly

 
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