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(69 v. ), is a record of suits in the Provincial Court. The Prerogative
Court Records, 1635-1777 (363 v. with papers; see the catalogue cited
above), contain wills, inventories, accounts, etc. Commission Books Nos.
80 and 83 contain commissions to officers for 1726-86 and 1774-76
respectively. No. 81 is merely a transcript of No. 80. The content of the
Black Books (11 v. in 19 parts and a portfolio, state papers of 1701-85)
has been thoroughly catalogued (see above), and many of the single
documents will be found scattered as supplementary material throughout
the Archives; The Miscellaneous State Papers (1638-1778), are in five
containers, cited as Portfolios 2, 3, and 4, of which the last embraces three
containers and the other two one each.

On turning from Maryland to British public documents we find that
some transcripts, photostats, and originals are now available in this
country. The Library of Congress has transcripts of the Audit Office
Papers, 1672-1776, bundle 756, roll 792, through bundle 829, roll 1086,
and photostatic copies of the Board of Trade Correspondence with Mary-
land, 1633-1777, Colonial Office, class 5, v. 713 through v. 727. The
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, has transcripts of the
Board of Trade Journals, 1675-1782; Board of Trade Papers, Plantations
General, 1689-1780; and Board of Trade Papers, Proprieties, 1697-1776.
The Huntington Library at San Marino, California, has ten volumes of
the papers of William Blathwayte (d. 1717), commissioner of Trade and
Plantations and Auditor General of Her Majesty's Revenues arising in
America. Of these volume VI contains Maryland documents, 1664-1701,
which may now be examined in microfilm at the Pratt Library.

Several important groups of British records relating to the colonies have
been published in abstract by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. These arc
as follows: Calendar of State Papers, Colonial, America and West Indies
[1574-1736] (35 v., 1860); Acts of the Privy Council of England,
Colonial Series
[1613-1783] (6 v.; 1908-12); Journal of the Commis-
sioners for Trade and Plantations
[1704-1782] (14 v., 1920-38);
Calendar of Treasury Papers [1557-1728] (6 v., 1868-89); Calendar of
Treasury Books
[1660-1718] (32 v., 1904); and Calendar of Treasury
Books and Papers
[1729-1745] (5 v., 1897-1903). Supplementary to
these are Proceedings and Debates of the British Parliaments respecting
North America
[1541-1754], Leo Francis Stock, comp. (5 v., Washington,
1924-41); Royal Instructions to British Colonial Governors, 1670-1776,
Leonard Woods Labaree, comp. (2 v., N. Y. and London, ca. 1935); and
"Papers Relating to Officers of the Customs in North America [1770-
76], " Md. Hist. Mag., XXVII (1932), 231-39. British laws are printed
in The Statutes at Large [1225-1800], Owen Ruffhead, ed. (18 v., London,
1769-1800). Because during most of her history Maryland was a pro-
prietary colony these materials ate not as useful tor this province as for
other British plantations. They are, however, an important source for the
period of crown rule (1690-1713) and for the royal customs service.

Three interesting contemporary books are in the nature of sources and
may be conveniently regarded as private papers. These are: Andrew


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