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Sioussat's The English Statutes in Maryland, 1903
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545] The English Statutes in Maryland. 81
P. iii TO ALL TRUE PATRIOTS, AND SINCERE LOVERS OF LIBERTY.
Gentlemen,
The following Sheets are not made publick, because the Author ot
them is fond of appearing in Print; but because the Representa-
tives, of the People of Maryland, whose Request, bears the weight of
a. Command, with him, desired they should be publish'd. The De-
sign is honest, and what every Body ought to wish, had been under-
taken by a Person more equal to it; that the Right contended for,
might have appeared in its proper Lustre; and all Objections to it,
p. iv have been obviated, as I am firmly persuaded they may be. For
my own Part. I shall think my Time very well spent, if the Objec-
tions, with which I expect this weak Performance will be encoun-
t'red; or a generous Concern, to see so good a Subject, so weakly
managed, excites some able Lover of Liberty, to establish the
Truths, which I have faintly endeavour'd to establish. I heartily
wish this may happen, as well as every Thing else, conducive to the
Prosperity of the Province of Maryland; and am, very sincerely,
Gentlemen,
Your most Obedient, and
Faithful, Humble Servant.
D. DULANY.
p. 1 THE RIGHT OF THE INHABITANTS OF MARYLAND,
TO THE BENEFIT OF THE ENGLISH LAWS.
As there has been a pretty warm Contest, concerning The Right
of the Inhabitants of Maryland, to the Benefit of the English Law;;
as well Statute as Common: And as the Matter is in Dispute, and it is
of the utmost Consequence to be at a Certainty about it; It behoves
every Man, that has any Regard to, or Interest in the Country, to
use his utmost Endeavour to put it in a true Light: For as laws
are absolutely necessary, for the good Government, and Welfere. of
Society, so, it is necessary, that People should have some Notion 'of
those Laws, which are to be the Rule of their Conduct; and for the
Transgression of- which, They will be liable to be punished, not-
withstanding their Ignorance. If this be necessary? as without
Doubt it is; Then ft is certainly of the greatest Importance to
know, whether a People are to be governed by Laws, which their
Mother-Country has experimentally found, to be beneficial to Society,
and adapted to the Genius, and Constitution of their Ancestors; or
to compose a new Set of Laws, which will be attended with very
great Difficulties; and an Expence, vastly disproportionabie to the
Country, in its present Circumstances. Or

 
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