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':'-i?v LIBRARY 
ST. MARY'S CITY. V^^]'^ ^m POf^fiA 




SfunD-'^ublicaiion^ QlTio. ^A. 




JaliimorB^ 1894* 


Committee on Publication. 



Pki.vted by John Murpht & Co. 


Baltimore, 1894. 






Bladen, Thomas, to Charles, Lord Baltimore, 92,95,97, 111 

Calvert, Benedict, to Secretary Calvert, - - . . 261 

Calvert, Benedict Leonard, to Charles, Lord Baltimore, - 68 

Calvert, Cecilius, to Samuel Ogle, 124 

Calvert, Cecilius, to Edmond Jennings, - - - 132, 163 

Calvert, Cecilius, to Benjamin Tasker, - - 140, 147, 162, 187 

Calvert, Cecilius, to Rev. Thomas Bacon, . . . . 174 

Calvert, Cecilius, to Edward Lloyd, 179 

Calvert, Cecilius, to Daniel Dulany, - - - - - 192 
Calvert, Cecilius, to Frederick, Lord Baltimore, 

199, 201, 206, 209, 213, 220, 221, 224 

Calvert, Cecilius, to Horatio Sharpe, - - - 248, 259 

Calvert, Charlks, Lord Baltimore, to Philemon Lloyd, - 28 

Calvert, Frederick, Lord Baltimore, to Samuel Ogle, - 124 

Calvert, Frederick, Lord Baltimore, to Rev. Thomas Bacon, 178 

Calvert, Frederick, Lord Baltimore, to Horatio Sharpe, 255 
Dulany, Daniel, to Charles, Lord Baltimore, 

101, 105, 107, 108, 116 

Dulany, Daniel (the younger) to Secretary Calvert, - 227 

Hyde, John, to Hugh Hamersley, 188 

Lloyd, Philemon, to Co-Partners, - - - 1> 25, 29, 54 

Ogle, Samuel, to Charles, Lord Baltimore, - - 81, 88 

Sharpe, John, to Edmond Jennings, 121 

Tasker, Benjamin, to Charles, Lord Baltimore, 100, 103, 110, 113 

Tasker, Benjamin, to John Browning, - - 114, 117, 118 

Tasker, Benjamin, to Secretary Calvert, . . . - 198 



Adams, Eev., 176. 
Addison, Col., 53. 
Amherst, Sir William, 205. 

Bacon, Eev. Thomas, 174, l'78, 232, 

Baker, Mr., 113. 
Ballen, Mr., 247. 
Baltimore, Lady, 175, 178. 
Beake, Mr., 78, 79. 
Beal, Mr., 110. 
Bedoe, Mr., 91. 
Belcher, Mr., 213. 
Bennett, K., 40, 59, 60, 72, 181, 122. 
Bevis, Dr., 209, 210, 216. 
Birchfield, Mr., 42. 
Blackiston, Sir M., 216. 
Bladen, Thomas, 95, 103. 
Blakiston, Capt., 95. 
Bonmoetgie, M., 205. 
Bordley, Mr., 50, 85, 102, 103, 112, 

114, 231,249. 
Boughton, Mr., 211. 
Bouquet, Col., 252. 
Brerewood, Charlotte, 146. 
Brerewood, Thomas, 146. 
Brice, Mr., 247. 
Brooke, Richard, 230. 
Brooks, Dr., 158. 
Brown, Mr., 25, 26. 

Browning, John, 96, 145. 
Browning, Louisa, 207. 
Bryant, Richard, 180. 
Budd, S., 186. 
Burton, Capt., 54. 
Bush, Mr., 202. 
Bute, Earl of, 199. 
Byron, Lord, 254. 

Calvert, Benedict, 263. 

Calvert, Benedict Leonard, Ld. Bal- 
timore, 143. 

Calvert, Benedict Leonard, Govr., 29, 
81, 82. 

Calvert, Caroline, 200, 204, 207, 208, 
212, 216, 220, 226. 

Calvert, Cecilius, Ld. Baltimore, 74. 

Calvert, Cecilius, 29, 122, 162, 163, 
178, 186, 200, 252. 

Calvert, Charles, 3d. Ld. Baltimore, 
56, 65, 74. 

Calvert, Charles, 85. 

Carroll, Charles, 39, 40, 60, 89. 

Carroll, James, 60. 

Carroll, Dr., 94. 

Chadworth (Chaworth), Mr., 254. 

Cheston, Daniel, 186. 

Chew, Samuel, 90, 118, 189, 198. 

Chitwind, Mr., 101. 

Clark, Dr., 212. 



Copson, Mr., 30, 32, 33. 
Corbett, J., 150. 
Crabb, Henry Wright, 186. 
Crayley, Mi-s., 212. 
Cresap, Thomas, 108, 110. 

Dallam, William, 186. 
Dallinger, Mr., 213, 217. 
Darnall, Henry, 40, 189. 
Davison, Dr., 34, 36, 37, 43. 
Deake, Thomas, 29. 
D'Haussonville, Count, 205. 
Digges, John, 90, 189. 
Digges, William, 189. 
Dulany, Daniel, 85, 94, 97, 100, 111. 
Dulany, Daniel, (the younger) 187, 

188, 192, 227, 247, 248. 
Dulany, Walter, 249. 

Fairfax, Thomas, Lord, 110. 

Faudrier, Mr., 33. 

Franklin, Benjamin, 231, 233, 234, 

250, 254. 
Frasier, Capt., 112, 118. 
Friers, Baron, 213, 221, 224. 

Gage, Gen., 252. 

Gale, Col., 94, 97. 

Geist, Christian, 33-38, 43, 44, 45. 

Goldsborough, Charles, 183, 260. 

Gordon, Gov., 90, 91. 

Grassen, Benjamin, 150. 

Grenville, George, 208. 

Griffith, Mr., 33, 37, 43. 

Grove, Silvanus, 186. 

Hales, Mrs., 226. 
Halifax, Earl of, 208, 252. 
Hamersley, Hugh, 158, 187, 188, 192, 

Hammond, jdordecai, 189. 
Hammond, Philip, 94. 
Hammond, William, 189. 
Hanbury, John, 115, 150, 186, 198, 

207, 210, 213, 214, 222, 225. 
Harford, Hester, 216, 217, 220, 222, 

Harris, Mr., 176, 209. 
Harrison, Richard, 188. 
Harrison, Samuel, 188. 
Hart, Gov , 47, 75. 
Heath, James, 41, 47-53. 
Heron, Mr., 202. 
Herrman, Augustine, 53. 
Holdernesse, Earl of, 129, 160. 
Holliday, Mr., 186, 247, 251. 
Hooper, Mr., 260. 
Hoxton, Capt., 88. 
Hyde, John, 45, 78, 87, 151, 187, 188, 

Hyde, Samuel, 187, 188. 

Janssen, Sir Abraham, 212, 217, 

Jennings, Edmond, 92, 93, 96, 100, 

120, 121,163. 
Johnson, Sir William, 252. 

Keith, Sir William, 27, 30, 39, 41, 

53, 59. 
Key, Mr., 247. 

Langford, Mr., 225. 
Larkin, Mr., 102. 
Lawson, Mr., 91. 
Lee, Mr., 111. 
Lee, Sir George, 129, 160. 
Letton, Capt., 42. 

Lloyd, Philemon, 78, 79, 83, 96, 175, 
178, 207. 


Loe, Philip, 189. 

Logan, James, 63, 67, 68, 108. 

Logan, Sir William, 63. 

Lowe, Henry, 30, 37, 43, 47, 49, 78. 

Lowe, Nicholas, 150. 

Lyon, Mr., 202, 204, 21], 222, 223. 

Lytelton, Sir Richard, 212. 

Mackall, Col., 83. 
Macnamara, Mr., 30, 91. 
McCurley, Mr., 110. 
Mann, Capt., 33, 38, 42. 
Mason and Dixon, 209, 249. 
Mudge, Mr., 115. 
Murphy, Capt., 45. 
Myer, Bartholomew, 157, 172. 

Northey, Sir Edward, 89. 

RoclifF, Mr., 110. 

Ross, Mr., 85, 94, 181, 227. 

Rousby, Mr., 91,96, 111. 

Russell, Capt., 68. 

Ryder, Sir Dudley, 236, 237. 

Sewall, Mr., 114. 

Seymour, Governor, 74. 

Sharpe, Dr., 217. 

Sharpe, Horatio, 227, 228, 258, 260. 

Sharpe, John, 121, 139. 158, 171, 172. 

Sing, Mr., 25, 26, 27. 

Snowden, F., and R., 157, 161, 172. 

Spencer, Capt., 42, 59. 

Stanhope, Sir William, 212. 

Steel, Capt., 1 62. 

Steuart, George, 181, 260. 

Stone, Mr., 99. 

Ogle, Samuel, 92, 94, 97, 100, 156. 
Onslow, Speaker, 123, 129, 130. 

Paris, Mr., 139. 

Penn, Richard and Thomas, 27, 84, 
88, 98, 101, 102, 127, 128, 134, 136, 
139, 159, 165, 166, 209, 210, 212, 
223, 225, 241. 

Penn, William, 133, 134. 

Plater, Mr., 115. 

Pratt, Chief Justice, 202. 

Prince William Henry, 199. 

Proby, Mr., 212. 

Proudfoot, Mr., 211. 

Provost, Mr., 222. 

Pye, Mr., 158. 

Rawlinson, Mr., 86. 

Riddlyden, V., 33, 34, 36, 37, 43, 44. 

Roach, Mr., 25, 26, 27. 

Talbot, George, 60, 61, 66, 198. 
Tasker, Benjamin, 100, 103, 162, 168, 
170, 171, 172, 181, 187, 188, 249. 
Ternay, Mr., 205. 
Thomas, Mr., 1.18. 
Thomas, Philip, 151, 182, 189. 
Thomas, William, 151. 
Thompson, Mrs., 34, 36, 43. 
Tilghman, Col., 53, 182, 185, 247, 248. 
Treby, Sir George, 236, 237. 

Vanbebber, Mr., 53. 
Vanburkloo, Capt., 198. 

Wall, Capt., 92. 

Warde, M., L., 37, 38, 44, 45, 46, 86, 

Watson, Henry, 189. 
Wilkes, John, 219, 254. 
Wolstenholme, Dr., 157, 172. 


This, the second vohime of the Calvert Papers, contains 
selections from the correspondence in the years 1719-1765. 
The parties to this correspondence are : 

Charles Calvert, fifth Lord Baltimore and fonrth Proprie- 
tary. Died, 1751. 

Frederick Calvert, sixth Lord and fifth Proprietary. Died, 

Cecilius Calvert, brother of Charles, fifth Lord ; acted for 
his nephew, Frederick, as Secretary for Maryland, and appar- 
ently as general factotum. Some of the letters from him are 
originals, and others are copies made by his clerk and headed 
with an abstract of the contents. 

Benedict Leonard Calvert, brother of Charles, fifth Lord. 
He was Governor of the Province in 1726, and died 1732. 

Benedict Calvert, of Mt. Airy, a son of Charles, fifth Lord. 
He was Collector of Customs for the Patuxent district. 

Caroline Calvert (frequently mentioned in the correspond- 
ence) was sister to Frederick. She married Governor Ro.bert 

Philemon Lloyd, of Talbot Co. Born, 1672; died, 1732. 
He was Councillor, Secretary of the Province, 1 706 ; Judge 
of Land Office, 1716. 

Edward Lloyd, of Talbot Co, Councillor and Receiver 
General for the Proprietary. Died, 1776. 



Samuel Ogle, of Anne Arundel Co., Governor in 1732 and 
1746. Died, 1753. 

Daniel Dulany, of Anne Arundel Co., Councillor and Judge 
of Prerogative Court. Died, 1753. 

Daniel Dulany (the younger) was Councillor and Commis- 
sary General. Died, 1797. 

Benjamin Tasker, of Anne Arundel Co., Baltimore's Agent 
and Receiver General, President of Council, 1744, and acting 
Governor, June 9-October 3, 1753. Died, 1768. 

Thomas Bladen, of Anne Arundel Co., Governor, 1742 ; 
resigned, 1746. 

Edmond Jennings, Councillor and Judge of the Land Office. 
Left the Province in 1753. 

Horatio Sharpe, Governor from 1753 to 1768. 

John Sharpe, brother of the Governor, and one of the guard- 
ians of Frederick during his minority. The other guardian 
was Speaker Onslow. 

John Browning, brother-in-law to Frederick, having married 
his sister, Louisa Calvert, 

Rev. Thomas Bacon, rector of St. Peter's Parish, Talbot 
County, and afterwards of Frederick County. Edited the 
first complete collection of Maryland laws. 

Facing page 135 will be found a facsimile of the fraudulent 
map prepared as evidence in the dispute between Baltimore 
and the Penns to determine the boundary. An agreement 
having been reached that the southern boundary of Delaware 
(originally included in the Maryland charter) should be the 
latitude of Cape Henlopen, the Penns had a map prepared in 
which the name of Cape Henlopen was placed more than twenty 
miles south of its real position as given on Herrman's map 
and all the maps before and since. Primitive as this device 


was, it was successful. The court of chancery accepted the 
map, and the line was run as the Penns wished it, after which 
Cape Henlopen returned to its original position. Our copy is 
taken from a careful pen-drawing on parchment. With it are 
two impressions from the engraved copy, one of which bears 
this indorsement : 

Philadelphia, 20"^ Oct' 1740 



Between John Penn, Thomas Penn, and Rich"? ^ 

Penu Esq^ Compl'^ 

Charles Calvert, Esq! Lord Baltimore in the 

Kingdom of Ireland, Def' 

The within Map or Exhibit marked No. A was shown to 
Joseph Wood, Wra. Peterson, Tho' James, John Rambo, 
Elizabeth Morris, Saml Hollingsworth, John Musgrave, John 
Teague, and Samuel Preston on their Exaicon as witnesses on 
the part of the Defend' at the Execution of a Comicon for 
Examining Witnesses in this Cause in Pennsylvi^ & the three 
lower Countys &c. 
Witness our hands 

Levin Gale 
B. Young 
Th. Jones 
Jas. Sterling 
No A 

Clem. Plumsted 
John Kinsey 
Samuel Chew 

For purposes of comparison, we have added a facsimile of 
part of Herrman's map of 1673. 

The frontispiece to this volume is a facsimile of the armo- 
rial bearings of Sir George Calvert, as affixed to the exempli- 


fications of arms issued to him by Richard St. George, Norroy 
King of Arms, December 3, 1622, which was printed in full 
in the first volume of these papers. In his heraldic phrase, it 
is " paley of six pieces, or and sables, a bend counterchanged," 
and for a crest, " the upper parts of two half lances, or, with 
bandrolls thereto appending, the one or, the other sables, stand- 
ing in a ducal crown, or." The leopards which appear as 
supporters to the arms of the Lords Baltimore, are absent, as 
supporters do not pertain to the arms of any but peers. 

Breaks in the text show where the manuscript is torn or 
illegible. The bracketed heads to the letters have been sup- 
plied by the editor. 

W. H. B. 



[Defects iu the Land Laws.] 

July 18*.'? 1719 

Our Laud Law haveing of late been the Occation of numer- 
ous Debates, pro & Con, as Poeples Interests, or their Incliua- 
tions Provoked them to declare ag' it, or to recomend the 
Usefullness of an Act the Consequences whereof very few, Even 
the most Conversant about it, as yet Understand. The Act is 
indeed of a very Extraordinary Nature ; & Seems Calculated 
for the Subversion of English Liberty, rather than a Protection 
to the Poor Inhabitants of this Province, ag' their more Potent 
& Litigious Adversaries, as is Pretended ; & therefore well 
deserves my Strickest Observacons, had I not been Engaged 
therein by Impulces of a higher Nature than Mere Curiosity, 
Such as my Duty to my L^ Propry, & my Love to my Coun- 
trey, the Interests whereof are Mutually Concerned in the 
Continuance of this Act, w°^ as it now stands & upon any 
Other Scheme drawn from the same Projection, is and will be 
an Infringem* on his L^pps Property by disposeing of his 
Lands, w'.^'out his knowledge or Consent ; nay Even Contrary 


to his Will, & by being a great Obstructiou to the Receiveing 
his Eeuts tt makeiug up his lient Rolls ; & lastly by being 
Ruinous & destructive of the Coinon Right of his L'^pps Poor 
Tenants w'Mn this Province; whose Unhappy Circumstances 
under the Managem' of this Law are such, th' if his L'^pp had 
but a true sence thereof, he would want no Other Inducem' to 
the Repeal of the Act than a tender Regard to the well being 
his Province ; w"'' his L^pp hath allways declared himself to 
Have so much at Heart. But of these things in their Proper 
place, after the Design of the Act : & the means of bringing 
about that Design, as now Prescribed by it, are Sett in A True 
Light, whereby the Evills above Recited, will Appear to be 
the necessary Consequences of such a Law. 

The Design of the Act, as is set forth in the Preamble therof, 
Respects Severall Circumstances of the Inhabitants of this Pro- 
vince : first it hath Regard to, & Provides A Remedy for the 
more Exact Settling the bounds of all such Antient Surveys 
as have been darkly & Unskillfully Exprest; either thro' 
Ignorance or Inadvertency of the Surveyors. 

Secondly the Act is designed to Prevent the Yast & Addi- 
tional! Charges Accrueing to the Inhabitants of this Province, 
by Tryalls by Juries in the Provinciall Court, & the Comon 
& frequent Appeals to the Superiour Courts. 

The third thing Provided ag* by the Act, is th' by Prevent- 
ing the Poorer Sort of Poeple, from putting themselves to such 
Vast Additionall Charges, they may no longer lay under the 
Necesity, of giveing up their just Rights to their more Potent 
& lictigious Adversaries, rather than Suffer the loss of Time, 
fFateague & Expence, of a long journey, & a Longer & More 
Teadious Attendance. 

Now How farr this Law in the Reason & Practice thereof, 
hath or will Answer the Ends Proposed, is the Subject of this 

p''sent Enquirey ; but before I enter upon th* part of the Act, 
w!? Relates only to the Inhabitants of this Province : & to 
Other persons holding Lands therein, I think it my Duty in 
the first place, to touch upon such Branches of itt, as Affect 
the L^ Propry, both in his Prerogative, & his Property, & 
Shall then Proceed to make it appear, th' the Method lay'd 
down by the Act for Settling & Adjusting the Bounds of Land, 
is a Meer mixture of Ignorance, and design blended togather, 
& no ways Proportioned to the Attainm* of the Ends intended ; 
but that instead of Releiving the Poor Poeple, it is an Oppres- 
sion to them, & instead of Secureing their Estates by a More 
Gentle & Equall Judicature than th! of the Coinon Law, the 
birth Eight of Every Englishman is thereby taken from him ; 
& lastly th' instead of Protecting the Poor, ag' their More 
Potent & Litigious Adversaries, they are by this Act given up 
A Sacrifice to the Intreagues & Managem' of Poeple of ffor- 
tune ; being now destitute of their greatest Security, w"*" was 
in being judged by their Peers ; all w''.'' I shall Evidently 
Make Appear in its Proper place. 

As I take itt, the L*^ Propry hath not only a Property in 
the Soyle of this Province, but is allso Invested w'^ a Right to 
Dispose of th* Soyl According to his own Pleasure, w!^ Pleas- 
ure his Noble Ancestors have Signified in their Conditions of 
Plantacons, long since Published; & are now the Standing 
Rules for granting Land, w*''in this Province; but by the 
Terms of the p^'sent Act of Assembly the Com" are Empowered 
to lay out his L^pps I^^aud w^'out his knowledge or Warr* & 
Ag^ his Will declared in Patents granted unto Sundry of his 

But to make this thing Obvious to Gen' th' must needs be 
Strangers to the Practice of Land Affaires here, & to shew how 
little regard the Land Com? have to his L'^pps Grants, when 

they fall in their way, I will Cite a Case th' was brought upon 
A Complaint Exhibited Unto his Lllpps Govern^ & Councill. 
The Reason of the Complaint was this : the Land Com" of 
Baltemore CoV, persueant to the Direction of the Land Law, 
were Called upon a Tract of Land, in Order to lay it out 
according to the Antient Meets & bounds thereof, & the s^. 
Com" whether thro' Ignorance, or design of favour to the 
Party whose Land they were Called upon, & to give the Man 
his Compliment of Land, as they call itt, for his tract was 
dificient in quantity Ran two of the Lines w'l'out any Rule or 
Reason, & Contrary to the Express Letter of Grant, into another 
Tract Contiguous, & granted to another person since the take- 
ing up of the first tract w"'' the s"? Com" were called upon as 
may be seen in Case N° 1 ; & by this Means, & by Vertue 
of this Law, they took away one Mans Property long Since 
granted by his Ll^pp, to make good the Deficiency in Anothers, 
w''!' hapned by the unskillfullness of the Surveyor. The ifact 
Appearing thus upon the Complaint an Order was Sent down 
to call those Com" before the next Councill ; the Com" Ap- 
peared at the Time, wl** hapned to be dureing the Sessions 1718. 
They there Avowed the fact & stood upon their Justification, 
& were rep remanded for the Unjustice of their Proceeding; 
but the Complain' had no Redress, for the Governm* hath no 
Power to carry the thing any farther, alltho the Proceedings 
were Contrary to the Received Rules, & known Practice of all 
Surveyors, time out of Mind. The Com" by the Act are 
Arbitrary, & w'l'out Limitacon, as themselves have boasted 
when Charged w'? Irregular Proceedings. 

Butt to make this Matter more illigable yet ; it may not be 
Amis to say Something of the Reason & power of Lines, as 
they Applicable in our Surveys ; w":** may serve for an illus- 
tracon of the farmer Case, as well as to o-ive You a Generall 

Idea of our Surveys here. It hath been always Ruled in 
ffavour of the Tenant ; th' if the Survey can be Adjusted 
According to the Antient Meets & boundaris expressed in the 
Cert ; the Lines tho' differeing in Course should be Extended 
unto such Meets or Boundarys, whither River, Creek, tree or 
any other known Point. From hence commonly Arises the 
Land called Surplus Land ; alltho' Sometimes those old & 
Irregular Surveys Prove deficient in Quantity, as in the p'^sent 
Case, the Persueing the Course of the River, w".'' is allways A 
Rule in such Cases-; whither it Produce Surplussage, or Occa- 
tion A Defeciency, & is the Reason th' the back lines will not 
Contain the Quantity of Land expressed in the Patent as in 
Case N : 1 ; for where the Lines are regulated by Course & 
distance w'J'out the Mention of Any Certain Boundary to Run 
unto, there & in all such Cases the Course & distance hath 
allways been the Reed Rule to walk by, & was the Very thing 
Complained of to the Councill & unheard of untill the Land 
Com" by Vertue of this x\.ct, brought that and what ever else 
they Pleased, into Practice. In fine the Reason of Course & 
distance, is so Certain & hath been so well Approved of, th' 
his L^pps Grandfather; was Advised to it; & is now practiced 
by all the Survey9rs of the Province, as the only Means to 
prevent wrongs being don unto his L^pp in the takeing up of 
Lands. Yet the said Baltemore Comi' protected by the s'^ Act 
did Publickly Avow the Depriveing another of his L'^pps 
Tenants of their Lands, & Justifyed themselves in soe doeing. 
Thus it Evidently Appears th' his L'^pps Prerogative in 
granting his Lands, is wrested from him in Some Cases (I 
know many more of the like Kind) by Vertue of the Act, & 
there is no Question to be made, if any Vacant Land (not as 
yet granted) should lye Contiguous to any tract, w"'' the Com" 
are Asserting the Bounds of, but they would as soon or sooner 


Alter a Course for Ineludeiug such Laud. But further his 
L^pps Property is given up in three Considerable Points of 
the Pevenue, (th* is) in his granting Rights to his Lands : in 
his Receiveing Rents for his Lands : & lastly in his Right to 
all Surplus Land ; besides the Great Difficultys and Uncer- 
taintys in makeing up his rent Rolls ; w*L'' must Necessarily be 
Subjected to all such Alteracons, as the Land Com" shall think 
good to make in Poeples Land, & yet no Provision is made in 
the Act for the giveing any Notice thereof unto his L!!pps 

The first Point relateing to his L^pps dues on granting 
Warri' for Land, is thus given up by the Com? as in the second 
Case lay'd down ; whereby it Appears th* C : & D : were sup- 
posed to hold 500 A" a Peice in one Neck untill the Land 
Com" liaveing Awarded & decreed 700-A" of the s^ Neck to 
belong unto C: there will follow a Deficiency of 200-A" in 
the Tract of D : whereupon D : throws up his Patent of 500 
Al' & takes out a New One for the Remaining SOO-Al^ & de- 
mands New Rights for the Residue of his former Patent being 
200 A" ; but as to C : he takes no Care of the L*! Propry, but 
holds the other 200 A? as Surplussage, tho' my L^ According 
to the rule of the Office be Oblidged to Grant 200-A" of 
Rights to D : w*?out Satisfaction for the Same. 

The 2"'' Point as to the Rents, is likewise proved from the 
same Case to be given up by the Act, for alltho' D supposeing 
he had a Right unto 500 A" paid Rent for so much, yet as 
soon as C: Recovered by the Award or Decree of the Land 
Com" 200 A" out of his Tract, he haveing thrown up his old 
Patent, & Obtained a New grant for 300- A? only ; is Oblidged 
to pay Rent for no More than 300 A", nor will C pay Rent 
for any More than 500-A" being the Quantity of Acres in his 
Patent, but will hold the 200 As Surplussage. By this Means 

his L!!pp c*c his Posterity will loose the Rent in this Particular 
Case & in abundance of Other in like Nature, of 200 A?, 
Unless C. by some Means or Other Can be Oblidged to pay 
Rents for the 200- A? Surplusage taken from D. 

This Naturally leads me to the S'l Point wherein his L^^pps 
Property is impaired by this Land Law, in Relacon to Surplus 
Laud ; for if the bounds of any of the Antient Tracts of Land 
be Settled by these Land Com" upon A Law Enacted by his 
L^pps Authority, by w'l'' the bounds so Ascertained & Entered 
upon Record are declared to be & Remaine the Certain & 
Undoubted bounds of the s*? Land for Ever, it seems a Question 
w*? me if Such a Proceeding, upon such an Act, will not be a 
perpetuall Barr unto his L^pps future claime of any Surplus 
Land w'l'in this Province. 

In fine itt will be certaine Ruine to Many of his L^pps 
Tenants, in whose prosperity, I take his L^pp to be very Much 
Interested, for by disposessing of English Subjects of their 
ffreehold w'l'out the Judgm' of 12 of their Peers, the Refuseing 
of Councill to plead for poor Ignorant Persons, when their 
Inheritance, their all is at stake ; & lastly by Assessing Costs 
& damages, Arbitrarily upon his Ma*I' Subjects, it seems as if 
a Torrent were broke in upon our English Constitution, w''? 
if not timely Opposed, will bear down before it th' happy 
Security w'i!' our Ancestors by their blood & Unwearied En- 
deavours have Conveyed down to Posterity. Nay to Speak 
freely of proceedings transacted by Vertue of this Law ; I 
think they savour much more of the Orders of a Turkish 
Divan, than of Decrees made by English Com". 

Haveing Now finished so much of my Observations on our 
Land Law, as doth most nearly Affect my L^ Baltemores 
Property & Prerogatives w'Mn this Province, it may now be 
Reasonably Expected I should make itt Appear as I have 


allready Promised, th' the Method laid down in the Act, is 
insufficient to tlie Attainm^ of the three great ends designed by 
it, w'.*" Relation to the Poeple; wl*" I take to be; first, the 
Settling & Adjusting the Bounds of their Lands, upon a more 
sure & Equitable ffoundacon then hath been Practiced hereto- 
fore : Secondly th* it may be done at less Expence ; & lastly 
w*.'' less hazzard & Resque to poor Poeple ; of giveing up their 
Just Rights to their More Potent Adversaries. Of these heads 
I Shall Treat of Severally in the following Papers. 

And first of the Settling & Adjusting the Irregular bounds 
of Land, where the Courses & distances have little or no Cor- 
respondency w*!' the Severall Boundaries they are said to relate 
unto. Herein indeed lyes all the Difficulty, for it is the dark 
& Unskillfull Manner of Expressing the boundaries by the 
Surveyor, th' Renders Old Surveys so dark & Obscure. So 
th* a judge Properly qualifyed to determine of any Survey so 
circumstanciated, Ought in the first place to be a Man of 
Integrity ; to have some Tolerable knowledge in the Art of 
Surveying; to be well Experienced in the nature of the Antient 
Surveys of this Province ; to have a Penetrateing ffiiculty & a 
descerning Judgm' ; So th' when the Sundry Incidents Comon 
to Antient Surveys, such as the time of laying out the Land, 
who the Surveyor was, his Manner of Expressing himself in 
Other Surveys, the Scituation of all Naturall & Artificiall 
Boundarys, the Manner of other Tracts joyning upon it, & 
lastly when all these togather w*.^ Evidence Viva Voce or 
Traditionall, come to be put into the Ballance togather, he 
may then be able by the force of Reason, & Comparison of 
those Incidents w'.^ one Another, to form a Proper Judgment 
agreeable to the Design of the Original! Survey. 

But here I ffind an Objection will be brought ag' me if such 
Qualifications are Necessarily required in Every Judge of the 


Bounds of Land ; how few will there be found tli* are so well 
Provided ? I Acknowledge the Matter of ifact, & do farther 
Affirm th' this one Objection only hath more of weight in it 
for repealing the Law, than all the Arguments th' can be 
brought for the Continuance of itt, when putt into the Scale 
togather. It is indeed a very difficult thing to Provide our- 
Selves w*?* any N° of men fitly qualifyed to Judge of Antient 
Surveys, & such as are Able to distinguish well upon the 
design of the first taker up of the Land ; from the Many 
Subtle Contrivances, too much Practiced of Late, in Makeing 
Away & Concealing the Antient Bounders, in Order to Justify 
New Pretentions upon some p' of such Antient Survey. You 
shall hear Nothing so frequent from the Mouths of our p^'sent 
Land Com^_' as th' this Method of runing the Lines is most 
Agreable to the Design of the first taker up. Nay but, Says 
another of the same Comission, that cannott be the Way ; for 
thus the Lines ought to Run ; when it may be neither of them 
can Say or Conceive any thing Pertinent to the matter. So 
th' in my Opinion the Hazzard of Heads & tailes, the Comon 
Resque of our Puerile Interests, is a Much more Equal Judica- 
ture, than this by the Land Com" where Prejudice or Pre- 
judgm' are too often seen to Prevaile ; whereas in the other 
Way the Indifferent Decissions of Chance puts Each party 
upon the Level. This Difficulty I Say in Provideing Men 
Sufficiently qualified for makeing a true Judgm' of Irregular 
& ill Exprest Surveys is an Unanswerable Objection ag' the 
Administration of Land Affaires, under the Present Law ; for 
if it be so a hard Matter to find out 8 or 10 Persons in the 
whole Province th' are fitly qualifyed to judge of land Affiiires, 
how Preposterous & Absurd a thing is it then in Our Legis- 
lature, to make an Appointm' of one hundred & Eight Persons 
for th! End. as if knowledge Conjested in Numbers, or that 


Aggregate bodys of Ignorant & Unskillfull men, could Con- 
tribute each his part, to the forming one Wise & Juditious 

But it may be said Again th* among so great a N? of ConiL' 
there must needs be some Judicious & Understanding Men 
Appointed in every Co*.^. There is no doubt of it, but that 
there are several! such in the P^'sent Appointm* ; but I fear the 
distribution of them According to the Co'7 where they Live, 
is very Unequal & th* Some Co*£' are wholy destitute. This 
Opens out A Malancholy Scene, of the Unhappy Circumstances 
of such Poor Poeple, who are doomed by a Law to fall into 
the hands of Ignorant, if not Prejudiced or Militious Judges, 
tho' Possibly the best choice in the CoV, ag' whose Judgm' the 
Act Allows no Releif. There is no place of Refuge, no Dernier 
Resort, for A Poor Man to flye Unto in Case of a Mistaken 
or designed Injury don him ; but Notwithstanding this be a 
Malancholy Storey, the Law Oblidges poeple to Submitt to 
such hard Terms. I can Affirm it to be a Positive & known 
truth, th' some Co*r are so divided into Party, & where it is 
otherwise, some Com? so Prejudiced ag* one another th' Par- 
tiality & Prejudice have been the moveiug influences to Judge- 
ments given in Cases of Meum & tuum ; nor can we exjject 
any better from the same Persons when Lands are in dispute 
in Many Co'?' for want of more Capable & less Prejudiced 
Persons ; but I do not therefore think th* such Persons are 
the only Proper Judges to determine on the Right of ffi-eeholds. 
This charge would seem very Uncharitable were it not for the 
frequent Acco"' wee have of the Many Extravagantly & 
Irregular Decrees, to say no worse of them, in allmost every 
Co*7 where the Indirect Practices of the Com" gives the Poeple 
but to frequent Occation of Chargeing them w'.'' partiality. 


There canuott be a greater Evidence of the Partiality or 
Ignorance of the Co'i^ Laud Com'^.' than th' of the Severall 
Appeals to the Com" of Keview. Under the former Act, the 
Appellant allways recovered ; one Case only Excepted, wherein 
the former Sentence was confirmed. Such Contradictory Judg- 
ments became a Reproach to them among the Poeple, who did 
not spare their Censures on one or the other Bench as their 
Interests or Inclination Prevailed ; for Preventing of w"!' Evil 
our Legislators, being most of them Concerned in the Land 
Comission, Re-enacted the former Law, & by takeing away 
from the Poeple their Rights of Appeale, they united the 2 
clashing Comissions & Erected one Sole Judicatory for the 
dispatch of all Land Affaires & at the same Time secured to 
themselves the Reputation of acting upon Principles of Justice, 
by allowing of no other forum to re-examine the Proceeding. 

But what need is there of Private Evidences ; what Occation 
of Citeing particular Casses seeing th' the whole Legislature in 
the body of the Act have Acknowledged the weakness & In- 
sufficiency, Nay theUnjustice of this Sort of Judicature, wherein 
granting the Peticons of Severall Persons, who prayed to be 
Relieved ag' the unjust Awards, Decrees & Determinacons of 
the former land Com? the s'i Pet" were Releived by this P^sent 
Act, & were put in Statu Quo for another hearing by the New 
Com" If this be not full Evidence ag* the Ignorance & In- 
justice of these Land Com", we must ene give up our Under- 
standing, & tacitely Acquiesce in whatsoever our Legislators 
shall think fitt to Ordaine. 

Some Persons may say th' those Pet? had a Right by the 
former Law to an Appeale before the Com" of Review, & th! 
this P'^sent Act only translated th' Right to the determination 
of the present Land Com". All this I grant, & Comend the 
Gen" forwardness in releiving any Persons ag! the former 


Com" unjust Decrees. What I blame them in, is the Reeuact- 
iug the same Sort of Judicature, w"*" themselves Confess to have 
been grevious to the Subject who had been so farr Injured by 
it as to stand in need of an Act to relieve ag* former Unjust 
Awards Decrees & Determinacons. The Suffering Poeple 
were indeed releived ag' the unjust determinacons of the first 
Land Com'i ; but why is all Remedy taken away for the 
future, ag' any Unjust or Mistaken Decree or Award ? There 
is no place of Refuge asigned for poor Poeple to fly to for 
Succoiu". So th* I must Conclude th' whatever. Designes the 
Burgesses may have had in View, yet Certainly it must be 
allowed th* there was a great deal of folly in Acknowledging 
that the Poeple had been very much greived by the Awards 
& Decrees of the former Land Com''^. 

This I take to be A full Charge brought & Consented to in 
Assembly, ag' the Unjustice of our Present Proceedings upon 
the Land Affaires. That those Land Comiss? have given 
Unjust decrees & Determinations, & th' the Poeple have been 
much agreived thereby, appears in the Body of the P^sent Act. 
It appears allso, how great a Benifit it was to those Suffereing 
Poeple th' they had a Right of Appeale before the Com? of 
Review ; for upon this consideracon only it was th' they were 
put into a Capacity by this Act of being relieved ag' such 
Unjust Decrees & Determinacons of the former Comissioners. 
How Monstrously Absurd is it then ? how Unbecomeing the 
Wisdom of the Legislature of a Countrey, to deprive the Poeple, 
by a Pub. Act, of those Comon Rights & Benefits w"^ they by 
the Act itself are Acknowledged to Stand in Need of? If our 
p^'sent Law makers saw the Necesity of Releiveing Poeple ag' 
the unjust decrees of the former Land Coml^, what just grounds 
could they Proceed upon in takeing away the Right of Appeals 
from the Unjust Decrees of the present Com"? Are these 


p''sent Com" more Wise, more Sagacious, & knowing in Land 
Affaires ; are they men of more Exalted Capacitys, of more 
penetrateing & discerning ffaculties, than the former Laud 
Com? ? Who are they then ? Indeed for the most part the 
very same men th' acted under the former Laws ; the same 
who were concerned in giveing those Decrees & Sentences w"^ 
by this Act are said to be very greivious. How barberous 
then, is such an ludifinite Sanction to the Opinions of those 
Men who have allready Passed Decrees th' are Confessed to be 
greivious & Oppressive to the Poeple ? For no Law can Alter 
the Men : the same ifaculties, Passions, Prejudices, & inclina- 
tions will still Subsist in them. Nay what is more, they do 
not lye under the same Kestraint. The fear of being exposed 
before a Superiour Judicatory, was some Check ag' barefaced 
& Unjust Proceedings. They are now left at libitum : the 
Law is their Power ; & their Will is their Rule. 

If therefore the former Land Com? did things th' were 
grevious to the Poeple • may not the p'sent Land Com? do 
the same ? for Still the Rule is humanum Est Errare. Men 
are Men ; & Subject to the same Errors & Mistakes, Among 
w*L^ Avarice & Ambition are leading Vices. A Tinture Avhereof, 
I Conceive, hath had the greatest Influence in the Modelling 
our p''sent Act, w"?' at once Establishes the Authority, & Covers 
the Ignorance of our Co'I Gentlemen. 

Nay further, th' w"? still moves my Admiracon the more is, 
th* the Legislature, not Contented av*!" the Releif that had been 
Administred unto such Persons as had allready made their 
Aggrievances appear before them, but as if they had allso 
foreseen, th' Many Other Persons had likewise been injured by 
them, a Provision is made in the Act, for their Releif allso, 
th' they might have the Benifitt of another hearing. Thus it 
is Manifest that they well foresaw the necessity of A Review, 


or Rehearing upon the Erronious Decrees of Land Com?, yet 
denyed the Poeple th' peice of Comon lustice, rather than Suffer 
their own Capacity, Justice or Integrity to be called in Ques- 
tion under the New Act. 

In fine I cannott Agree any Sort of Judicature to be Equal 
where the Judges are so lyable to be tampered w"" & Cor- 
rupted, as are those Co'7 Land Com?, for these 2 fol. Reasons 
w"^ Relates Personally to the Com? themselves, & are a part 
only of a much Greater Number Propounded before the Pass- 
ing the first Law. As to the Second w".'' is now in being, I 
said no more of it, than th' it was worse & worse ; both Houses 
being with one Voice ag! me. 

My first Reason is that the more Active & busie Persons in 
the Co'!', Endeavour to Keep up a very Popular Correspond- 
ency w'? the Poeple. By this means they are Choose Burgesses, 
& for that very Reason oftentimes made Co*7 Court Com? ; 
this Entitles them to frequent Addresses and Applications from 
the Poeple, in all Cases of need. So th* the Co'.^ Burgessess, 
the Co'7 Court Comi" & the Co*? Land Com? are allraost the 
same Poeple, & are of very great Consequence & influence in 
most Aifaires in the Province. I have Many times Seen Com? 
Plead more Strenuously when upon the Bench, than the Coun- 
cill did for their Clients at the barr. I cannott think such 
Persons w'J'out their Particular ffriends, & Many Private Views. 
I cannott say th' this is alltogether out of a Corrupt Principall, 
for Ignorant Persons, when Elivated above their Capacitys, 
are allways the most Vain and Opiniatre, tho' some of them 
deservedly have another Character. I cannott therefore believe 
such Persons to be so Proper Judges of a Mans ifreehold, as 
Persons more indifferently appointed & of much better Judg- 


My Second Reason is taken from a Practice th' is but too 
Coinon to many Poeple in sounding the Land Com7 Opinions 
by way of Advice, before ever they Pet° for their Coraeing upon 
the Land ; & haveing known th"^ Severall Opinions, they than 
Exhibite their Peticbns as the Law directs ; & if tlie Defend' 
who is Ignorant of this Practice joyns in the Election of 3 
Com"? out of the Nine Appointed ; w"? is the Comon Method, 
the Comp; is than Provided of his Men, alltho the Poor Igno- 
rant Adversary knows Nothing of the Matter. 

The next thing th' falls under my Observacon is the Allega- 
tion in the Act that such Proceedings by Land Com™ in the 
Co*!^ are Carried on w'.'' much less ifeteague & Expence than 
the way of Tryalls by Juries, in the Provinciall Court. As 
to the Expence it hath been found by Experience th' this Latter 
way is generally the most Chargeable ; but if in some Casses 
it be less by a Quick dispatch of the Business, yet even in th* 
Case it is the most burthensome, because A Judgment for the 
Cost & Damages imediately Ensues, & a poor Man is ruined, 
because he cannott raise Such a Sum at Once, as he would be 
Severall years a paying upon a Prosecution in the Courts of 
Law, even just as the Cost Accrued. 

But granting it were not so, & th* the Cost on Prosecutions 
on the Land Law was less than upon the Comon Law Process, 
yet must the poor Poeple therefore be Oblidged by Law to 
Loose their Inheritance for the Saveing of Charges ; loose a 
Ship for a half Penny worth of Tarr, & a Plantacon Worth 
£2 or 300 or more, to save £20 or £30 Charges. It is ag* the 
Law of nature that a Man shall be Restrained from defending 
his ftreehold, when he hath itt in his Power to do it in a Legall 
Manner. I must Confess th' itt doth not Necessarily follow 
th' Every one who is Cast, hath Injustice don him ; but follow- 
ing the Example of our Legislature I may Say th' loosers 

9t. "ary's seminary -Junior Collet* 


ought to have the liberty of Complaining before a Proper 
Bench ; So th' upon the whole, the Case seems as if tlie Assembly 
Intended to do the Poeple a Particular favour in Saveing their 
money in their Pocketts at the Resque of looseing an Inheri- 
tance of a much Greater Value. I will Instance in one Case 
only the Manner of saveing Charges. A Certain person brought 
the Com? on his Land to Ascertaine the bounds thereof, w"^ was 
don ; & a Decree in his flPavour togather w^*" an Execution ag* 
the Def ' ; but the Case was so the Compl' who Employed the 
Com? was Oblidged to pay them. The Def' ag* whom the 
Execution was Awarded, was a Poor Man, & could not pay it. 
Tob. bore a great Price. The Com" & those th! Attended 
them Pressed so for their Pay, that the Poor Man was forced 
to Sell his Land at an Under Eate, to gett Tob. to defray the 
Cost of this Suit. 

Let us look back but a little time, & wee may see when the 
Extravagant Charge of this Way of Proceeding by Land Cora? 
w'.*" a great deal of Reason was Complained of, alltho' the Law 
was then allso dawb'd over w'*' the Specious Pretences of Save- 
ing Charges to the Poeple. Our Assembly fell upon ways & 
Means to retrench such exorbitant Charges ; w".*" otherwise 
would in a Short time have put the Countrey into a ferment ; 
& they did, as it sometimes hapned, hit upon the means of 
saveing Charges in some Measure ; but in Such a manner th' 
the Law is thereby become much more grevious & intollerable 
than before. For if according to the former Act, any person 
should have had the Misfortune of falling into the hands of 
(& sure such there Are) Malicious Prejudiced & Ignorant Com" 
let them award what Sentance they pleased, yett the Liberty of 
removeing the Cause before a Superiour, & less Prejudiced 
Bench, made many Poeple Easie under the misfortune of An 
Ignorant & too Often Arrogant Land Comission. But this 

Method was too Expensive to Continue Long w'.''out a Publick 
Clamour of the whole Countrey ag' their Representatives : who 
were not able any longer to perswade the Poeple contrary to 
their own Experience of the Ease cheapness and Conveniency 
of this kind of Judicature. 

But before I proceed any further it may not be Amiss to 
Obviate the Charge of insinserity wl*" I fore see will be brought 
ag* me, in Alledging generally th' Appeals, the most Valuable 
branch of the former Land Law, are by this Act taken away. 
Indeed my Manner of Expressing it looks some what Generall, 
but is not more Generall than Reason & the Practice of the 
thing will justifie me in ; for the Greacest part of the Matters 
in dispute are under the Value of £300 Ster. ; but if it were 
Otherwise, few Poeple here have Interest or Inclination to be 
at the trouble & Expeuce of Prosecuteing a Chargable Suit 
before his Maty, in Councill. I have heard of butt one P'son 
only th* talked of an Appeal according to the Act, but have 
not heard he ever Prosecuted it. So th* those Appeals seem to 
be of Little Benefit to the Planter. 

But granting it were otherwise, & th* Poeple were inclined 
to the LTse of such Appeals, yet it is rendered allmost Imprac- 
ticable, by a Clause in the Act, Whereby the Value of the 
Land in dispute is putt Wholy into the brest of the Com? as 
Sole Judges of the Worth of the Pretentions, of the Party 
aggreived. So th*^ if the Value of the thing in dispute do farr 
Exceed the sume of £300 Ster ; yet it is in the Choice of the 
Land Com" if they will Sett so high a Price upon it, as shall 
Entitle the Party to an Appeale. The Reason of this is Ob- 
vious ; for Supposeing an Unjust Decree to be made, & Surely 
I may Venture to say there are many such, seeing that our 
present Land Law-makers have Acknowledged it, who will 
think it Strange, I say, if the s*! Com''.' being Privy to the 


Unjustice of the Proceedure or Unwilling th* the ifavorite 
Party should be put to such Vast Expence & Trouble as an 
Appeale would necessarily bring upon him, should Undervalue 
the Worth of such Pretentions. & thereby Save to themselves 
the Reproach of haveing made an Unjust Award? 

The Generall Design of this Law, as set forth in the Preamble 
thereof, is not only the Most Comendable ; but also the most 
Usefull Undertaking that the Legislature of any Countrey 
Could Enter upon ; provided that the Meanes Proposed, were 
any ways Proportioned to & Adiquate w* the End Designed ; 
but the Present Case Appears the very Reverse of so Pub. a 
good, the Means being alltogather Incompatible w'? the Attain- 
ment of the End proposed for these two Reasons following : 

The first Reason is th' the Richer Sort of Poeple who are 
Able to bear all such Charges, as Are said to Accrue upon the 
Prosecutions in the Courts of Comon Law, are Involved in 
the same Circumstance w'.'' the poor & more needy, & are 
Oblidged by Law to keep their Money in their Pocketts, thd 
at the Hazzard of looseing their Inheritance, when they neither 
come w'.'^in the Reason or Design of the Act. It will be said 
th' the Case of a Rich & a Poor Man, was the Only Case th*^ 
seemed to fall under the Consideration of the Law makers. 
Now the Advantage w*:^ Accrues to poor Men by this Act ag* 
their Potent Letigious Adversarys, is the Subject of the next 
Reason ag* the Pretended Usefullness of the Act. 

My second Reason th' the Means prescribed by the Act is 
no ways Proportioned to the Attainem' of the End Proposed 
by it, is, because th' it is Obvious to all the World, & it was 
so I dare say, from the Begining, th' a Rich Man is Possest of 
Vast Advantages over his poor Adversary ; & Unless some 
better stand, as a place of Refuge, be Provided for the Security 
of the Poor Man, all Endeavours in his flPavour may be deemed 


Vain & fruiteless Attempts. Such I thiuk is the Projection 
of our Land Law : there is nothing in it, to Secure A Poor 
Mans Property ; no, not so much as one Proposall advanced 
towards it, but what depends merely upon the Integrity of tlie 
Com? w'^.'' is but a weak Support to the Poor. It is all Pre- 
tence and Mere Amusem' w^'out the Least thing don for them, 
unless the Errecting an Arbitrary Judicatory, whose Sentence 
is Unalterable be lookt Upon to be an Equivalent far takeing 
away An Englishman's Birth right, in being Adjudged by his 
Peers, the most Inestimable Part of an English Liberty. 

But here I Conceive it will be said, in Answer to my second 
Reason, th' it is in a more peculiar Manner the Duty of the 
Laud Com"".^ according to the Design of the Act, to be of Coun- 
cill for the Poor, & Ignorant, as far as the lustice of their 
Case Requires. To w".'' I answer th' Comon Experience over 
all the World, as well as the Practice of some of the Laud 
Com" are but too Evident Proofs th* the Rich Man & the Man 
of Authority, have the Greatest Influence upon all Arbitrary 
Judicatorys. But further granting th* these Land Com? were 
the Honestest Men in the World, yet involved in great Diffi- 
cultys & Uncertaintys as to the knowledge of the true Bounds 
of the Land in Dispute. How Easie then is it to conceive 
& Prove allso, th*^ ifavour iu all such Cases of Uncertainty 
Seldome fills the Ball, on the Poor Man's side. For if a 
Complim* be to be made of a Mans Judgm' there are many 
prevailing Inducements for Placeiug it on the Rich Man, who 
hath allso Great Advantages over the Poor Man by Reason his 
Education & Improvem! by Business, w''.'' have Rendered him 
much better Qualifyed to Sett his Case in such Lights as may 
Easily Deceive Persons of weak Judgem* & Unfixt Principles 
in the true Method of Adjudgeiug on the Boundaries of Antient 
Surveys. More Especially seeing th! such Provision is made 


by the Act th' no Poor Mans Reason nor Judgem' shall be 
Assisted by Advocates of any kind, unless don gratis, w":'' few 
men are forward in. If the Com" are Ignorant so they must 
Remaine, for the Law will not allow a Poor Man an Advocate 
to put his Case into such a Light th' the Com" may be better 
informed & see what Justice lays on the Poor Mans side ; and 
this brings me to my 3* & last Reason ag' the Act. 

Thirdly it is well known th' a great many Poor Poeple in 
this Countrey, are so Ignorant, th' tho' they may say a great 
deal, yet all to little Purpose. They are Ignorant where the 
stress of their Case lyes : if they Pay a fee for Advise, for no 
man is allowed to plead for them, they are alltogather in the 
Darke ; as to setting forth their Case before the Com" they 
might as well throw Away their Money, unless Councill were 
allowed to plead for them ; So th' if the Com" fayl in Judgm' 
or Integrity, a Poor Man is Ruined, be his Case Never so just; 
& by A Method th' seems even ag' the Law of Nature & 
Nations ; th' a Man who is Able to pay a fee, should be denyed 
the benifitt of his Advice, & all this for the Saveing of Charges 
to the Poor as is p^tended. This Indeed seems the most Bar- 
berous & Inhumane Part of the Law ; th' a Poor Ignorant 
Person who is not able to plead his own Cause should be 
denyed Councill to do it for him, as if the Legislators, to 
Husband the Poeples Estates, would not Suffer them to be at 
any other Charge than paying the Com" & their Attendants, 
who now Engross to themselves all that Money & More too w".*" 
heretofore was Expended in Prosecuteing Suits in the Courts 
of Law ; and tis generally confessed by a More Chargable Way 
too ; So th* if our Poeple go on in this Strain, wee shall in a 
Little time have No Occation for Courts, Judges, Att'neys ; 
th* the Co'y Gen' Acting by Speciall Comissions will Supply 
the place of all these. But such things are not to be wondered 


at ; they are Naturall Consequences of too much Indulgence to 
the Poeple for the Carrying on Popular Designes. Our Poeple 
have now a great Deal of Power Setled on them by Sundry 
Acts of Assembly, w"*" they frequently make use of to destroy 
one Another ; but all this is well Enough they being their own 

Haveing gon thro' w*!^ my Observations upon the Principall 
thing designed by the Act, & made it Evidently Appear th* 
the means Proposed by the Law, instead of Relief to the Poor, 
is an Additionall Aggrievance to them, it only remaines now 
to make it Appear, th* as our Legislators have failed in their 
Design of Releiveing the Poeple by this Law, so are they in 
my Opinion, grosly mistaken in Asserting, because the great 
Variety of Land Cases will not fall under the Prescription of 
any generall Rule to Enable the Court & jury to judge of the 
Matter in Controversy, that therefore the Co'?' Land Com" who 
are generally Ignorant in Land Affaires, are the Only Proper 
Judges to determine on all such Uncertain Controversys, as if 
ignorance when Stampt w'.'' Authority were i mediately con- 
verted into a Sovereign Good. This Notion is not more 
Monstous, than a Supposition th' the Parliam' of great Brittain 
should pass an Act that Pettyfoggers, Sollicetors, & all Manner 
of p'^tenders of the Law, are Persons better Qualifyed to deter- 
mine Arbitrarily on the Variety of Cases wl*" falls w'.^'in the 
Coriion Law than the Judges of the Benches, Notw'^standing 
their Long Experience & Exquisite knowledge in the Laws of 
the Land. If there be any disproportion in the Parallel, it is 
not at all in favour of the Land Law, for Sollicitors & Petty- 
foggers know something of the Law, but the far greater N? of 
our Land Com? I dare boldly say know Nothing of the Matter. 

Here I flfind it will be objected th' the Jurors comonly 
Empannelled for the trying of Disputes about the Bounds of 


Laud, kuow as little of the Matter. I grant it ; but must 
beffo; Leave to distinguish on the diiferent Circumstances of a 
Jury at the Barr (where the Case is Opened to them by the 
Pleadings of the Councill, & their Judgm'? improved thereon 
by the Charge from the Bench) & the Land Com? on a Tract 
of Land where they stand deprived of all Manner of Informa- 
tion, Except what they learn from the Partys & Evidences on 
both sides. The Veracity of w'l'' Evidence, is only known by 
a Judicious Comparison of the Oaths, w*!" all the Circumstances 
th' Relates to the Survey, w'l'' I take to be above the Reach of 
most of those Gen' who I doubt are guided more by humour 
and Inclination, than by any Solid Judgem* in the Matter ; 
for they have denyed to themselves the means of being better 
Informed, by Preventing Lawyers or other Persons Solliciting 
Land AiFaires from pleading before them. If it should be 
said th' the Land Com''.^ as mean as they are Represented to 
be, have much the Advantage over the Comon Jurys in Point 
of knowledge, J grant it is so very often ; but if I am not 
Mistaken the Jurys at the Barr, have the Advantage of the 
Coml^ in Point of Indifferency ct Impartiality, being mostly 
Strangers to the Partys. 

Gen' my Desire of Setling this Land-Law, w"^ is so greivious 
& burthensome to the Poeple, in a True light, is the only Ex- 
cuse I can plead for this long Epistle. When I began my 
Observacons I thought one sheet at the most would have been 
Sufficient for exposeing the many illconveniencys th' Attend 
the Practice of so Pernitious a Law ; but the Mischeifs are 
so many ; & of so complicated a Nature, th* I found my 
self under A necessity of Enlargeing upon Many Branches 
of the Act, w''^ would not otherwise have Appeared so 


What Remaiues still to be said of this Land Law, doth in 
some Measure Affect his L^pp ; but more nearly all such Gen' 
who liveing in Europe, are Interested in Lands w^''in this 
Province. My L^ Propry is Aifected in this over and above 
what is allready sett forth, th' Plotts & Certificates of all Sur- 
veys made by these Com? are to be fairly entered into a Book 
to be Kept among the Records of the Co'^ where the Lands 
lye, by w".*^ Means if this Land Law should Continue, neither 
will the Originall Certificates of Survey, nor his L^pps Grants 
thereon, nor the Antient Records of the Land Office, be of any 
further use ; seeing that the New Certificates upon w".'' the 
Poeples Rights will only depend, are to be made of Record 
w'?" the Co*:*" Clk. w'J'out any Manner of Regard unto his L^pps 
Land Office w*? I take to be the foundacon of Every ffree- 
holders Estate here. And further, if there be any weight in 
the Discourse of some Persons, th' Propry Charters are lyable 
to a forfeiture, upon Suffering Laws to be made & Continued, 
th' Are Repugnant to those of great Brittain, I am sure th' this 
Land Law is so in a Superlative Degree. 

That Part of this Act w''!^ relates to the Estates of Gen' th^ 
do not reside w'.''in this Province, seems to be of a more Ex- 
tensive Influence than any one would imagine it to do at the 
first View of the Law, wl'' in Generall Provides, th' all Persons 
concerned should have due Notice of the time & design of 
Com" Comeing upon any Lands ; but that this due Notice 
according to the Terms of the Act, may be off Little Use to 
p^sons th' are Absent from the Province, is Manifest from the 
Act itself, wherein it is Confessed th' the former Land Com" 
did Award decree & determine concerning the Bounds of Sev- 
erall Lands w''.'' they Awarded allso to Others, to the great 
Prejudice of the Proprietors, without giveing due notice of the 


s*? Proceedings; uor will it seem Strange if Persons Interested 
in Lauds should be surprised in the same Manner by the p'sent 
Land Com=. 

But waveing th' Point, I will Insist only upon the Terras 
of the Present Act, wl^ I say are Insufficient to Oblidge any 
Person designing to make Advantage of Anothers Lands to 
give such due Notice as may bring the thing in dispute to a 
fair and Equall Determinacon. Three Months Notice is allowed 
to Persons liveing out of the Co'^' where the Land lyes, & 
two Years to such as are Absent from the Province ; but if 
the Setting up notes at the Court house & Parish Churche 
doors where such Land lyes, hath not Proved Effectuall Notice 
to such persons as live within this Province, by what means 
shall Gen' liveing out of the Province come to the knowledge 
of such Proceedings ? It may be s** th' their ffriends or Attluys 
may Advise of it ; but it is Possible th' such friends or Atfnys 
may know Nothing of the Matter, uotw'^'standing th! such 
Notes were put up at the Court house & Church Doors, But 
further Suppose the Proprietors of Land lyeing w'l'in this 
Province, & certainly there are such have neither ffriend nor 
Atfney here; is it just th' their Estates should lye at the 
Mercy of such Persons as shall bring the Land Cora? upon it? 
Nay farther yet, those Gen' in England who hold the best 
Correspondency here, raay be surprised by this Act, for Many 
of them hold Lands by Antient Surveys, the Bounds whereof 
are not yett Certainly known ; & a Survey made by these 
Land Cora"of sorae Contiguous & Adjoyning Tract, raay run 
Considerably w'?in the Lines of such Land, & the Proprietor 
thereof be Precluded, as the Act hath it, frora raakeing his 
Just Defence before the Award or Decree be raade ag' him. 
I hope I shall be held Excused for writeing so long an E[)istle; 
the Subject ]\Iatter of it is of the greatest Consequence to this 


Province, w".*" I trust will Plead an Excuse for him who is in 
Sincerity to the Utmost of his Power — 

Gen* Y'. Most Obedient 
Humble Serv' 

Phile. Lloyd 


[Discovery of Mines.] 

My Lord & Gen' 

S! I did my Self the Hou^ of Writeing to you of June 
1722 have seen Roach, Sing [and] Brown; the 3 

remaining Partners in the Adventure. They seem very nnich 
disconcerted at the loss of their Mine upon Susquehannah, of 
w"** I sent the in my [last.] I have reed, at their hands 

2 p! of Oar : the one Copper & Iron the other Silver & Iron. 
The Mine is so stricktly guarded th* they tell me they could 
not possibly gett Any More, [but] promise a larger Quantity 
ag' the Time th' I come up to them. Which I design in six 
or Seven days at the farthest, & will then go to the Place where 
they have Severall Men at Work in Opening a Copper mine, 
much lower down in Maryland. 

Gen', According to the Worth & Other Circumstances of this 
& Other Mines, I shall ffind my Self under a necessity of 
doeing something w'.'' the discoverers rather than be Wholy 
shut out from these first undertakeings in case the Land be 
allready taken up ; but if not I will then lay Warr*' whereever 
I can hear of any Probability of a Mine. Schylers & the 


Mine upon the Susquehanuah hath made such a Noise in the 
World, th^ the Woods are now full of Mine hunters. Many 
discoverys are allready Made ; but the Worth of them unknown 
untill shafts shall be sunk, to ffind Out the largeness & Quality 
of the Vien. Upon w"'' Acco' I humbly propose : 

first, th' Directions be given to treat w*^ such persons, as 
shall discover Mines of Copper Tinn or lead. So as they may 
be Encouraged to seek after & make known whatever Mines 
they shall ffind, by letting the Discoverer come in for a Part. 
By this Means, if many discoverys of th' kind should be Made 
(a Rich lead Mine in the lersys & a very Rich Copper Mine 
in Bucks Co'^ in Pensilvania, are lately discovered) we may 
Engross the Greatest part among Ourselves. 

Secondly, I humbly propose allso, th* some directions be 
sent to treat w*'' such persons as have mines in their Lands 
allready Patented. 

Thirdly I begg y'' Direction in the Manner of Encourageing 
the first discoverers of Mines, allready found out upon any of 
his L^'pps Mannors, & other heritable Lands ; for w'l'out En- 
couragem* the Persons are like to conceal, & may possibly 
dye w'f'out Communicateing their knowledge unto any person 

ifourthly, it is likewise proposed th* some p''son of Ability 
& Experience be sent over, who shall make it his Whole Busi- 
ness, w**" proper Utensills & other Necessary Conveniencys, to 
go in search of Mines of any sort whatsoever. 

Publick Reports concerning the Value of the Mine upon 
Susquehanuah are very Various & Uncertain, Especially of 
late, th' they have given Out th' the Govern! &c after a great 
deal of Pains & Cost, are about to quit it. On the other 
hand, Sing, Roach [and] Brown tell me, th! such Reports are 
spread abroad on purpose to give Oppertunity of Convey- 


ing away the Oar w'?* little or no Notice, they allso they 
came from Philadelphia, 7 Waggons were in AVaiting near 
transport the Oar down to New-Castle w"^ is 50 Miles 
distance, & I had some p^sons tell me allso, th' a much 
better Way May be to the head of one of our Rivers w"* 
30 miles Land Carriage. 

I am not a little concerned th' the Reserve of 10000 A" 
formerly Advised of hath not been Executed. I know not 
by what means the Pensilvanians had Notice of it ; but before 
our Surveyor went up (he was out of the Way for some Time 
after I sent the Warr*" to him) they had posted Souldiers all 
about the Woods, So th' our Officer dared not to go & Execute 
th* AV^arr' However I am resolved to be up among them & 
lay the Reserve if Possible ; notwithstanding if S^ W™ Keith 
hath laid out all the Adjacent Lands for Young Penn by the 
Name of Springetts Bury q! ; 75520 "I' th6 I believe twice th^ 
Quantity may be thrust into those Bounds, by Reason of the 
Terms More or less ; as you will see they are there made Use 
of in the Inclosed Copy of the Warr' 

As soon as Sing, Roach &" went up ; a Warr' was Issued 
out by S! W™ & Sing taken Upon the Mine ; & thence carried 
to Philadelphia, & Comitted to the City Goal, as you will 
perceive by the Inclosed Papers, wl** I have purposely Trans- 
mitted th' the Rigorous Methods of those poeple may be known. 
I design however to make a survey there w"" all Imaginable 
secrecy, but should be heartily glad if a proper lustrum' were 
sent over [for] the takeiug the Lat. of the Place, or that some 
Pub. directions were Given to the Governm' for the making 
an [exact] discovery of the Line of 40 North. 

Gen', here inclosed comes an Invo. of [sundry] Sorts of Oar, 
w*''' are packed up in a Box, & come directed to the Houble 
[Charles] Baron of Baltemore &!. Having those sorts I re- 


solved to send them, Whether of Any Value or No. but hope 
to be Master of greater Quantitys of better Oars before the 
latter Ships sayl, w"!' shall not ffayl in transmitting over, nor 
shall my best Endeavours be any Ways Wanting in Advancing 
the loynt Interest of such Worthy Gen* from Whom I have 
the Hon! of Subscribeing my Self, 

My Lord & Worthy Gen* 
Y' Most Obedient 
Humble Serv* 
July 19'" 1722 Phile. Lloyd 

The R* Hon^ 

Charles Absolute Lord & Proprietary 
of the Province of Maryland &5 
Lord Baron of Baltemore and 




To Mr. Loyd— 

Yours would have bin sooner answer'd but th' I have stayd 
long abroad then I intended. I must aprove your draught of 
petition for a person now in the disputed parts to become a 
Tennant of Maryland & I beg you will encourage all people 
that have a mind to hold under me by such means as you shall 
think most for my interest. I have often given Directions for 


coufirming any one in there possessions in the Above mentiond 
places with ont expecting any thing for orereages & I give my 
Brother the Governour orders to Spare no costs in this afair, I 
am preparing to commence a law suit with the pensilvanias & 
beleive it will be Nescessary for you to Come over in the fall, 
& I desire you will take care to furnish your selfe with all 
materials that may be nescessary and more espetialy to take 
Care to gett as many Evidences as may be of my possession 
which is the thing th' to me seems most wanting Communicate 
this to My Brother & beg you will be asisting to him in estab- 
lishing proper offices or officers for the Collecting of my rents 
You will here inclosed Receive My New Commits"! apoint- 
ing My Brother Csecil' Calvert & M!" Thos, Beake Secretarys 
of My Province of Maryland Likewise there new Commssn 
continuing you Deputy You are to send all matters of Affaires 
relating to your said office to ray said Brother for my Perusal 


[Personal justification. Mines. Land business.] 

Wye River July the 28'?" 1722 

Having in my former Letter compleated whatever I judged 
necessary, in Relacon to the Pub Affaires of this Province, as 
they any ways related unto the Duty of my Office, I now make 
bold to trouble you w'.*" some Matters wherein my Own Char- 
acter & Conduct may be called into Question. I am conscious 
to my Self of having don nothing, when set in a true light, th' 
may justly bring a Censure upon my Managem' of his L^pps. 


Affaires, & cau boast this of my Self th' I have allways Pro- 
fessed his L^pps Interest, Where justice favour'd it, even ag' 
the former Practice of the Office, to the great dissatisfaction of 
Many persons. But it is now, as I beleive it hath ever been, 
the Coudicon of Poeple in Office, th' Something either thro 
Design Malice or Accident, hath brought their prudence or 
ffidelity into Question. 

I know not unto w'l'' of these I stand indebted for some 
Complaints & base Reflections w"^ are privately handed about 
ag' me. I will not Entertain you Gen', w*^ Preambles, nor 
will I say Any more by Way of Apology, than seems Abso- 
lutely necessary for the doeing my Self Justice in Relacon unto 
the Principall Parts of my Office, w"^ is both Judicial & Miues- 
terial. As to the Judicial Part of it, no man as yet, hath had 
Recourse unto the Coiiion Law, as Aggrieved by any Deter- 
minacou of Mine, alltho many Poeple seemed discontented, w*? 

1 take to be the Colnon Case of all such as are Employed in 
the doeing of Justice. As to the Ministerial & Official Part 
of my Duty, I have Used all Imaginable Care th' Noething 
should Pass unto his Lpps Disadvantage ; but Pickthanks are 
never Wanting, & I have been told th' my Conduct hath been 
Censured for having Ordered out Coraon Warrf before Caution 
given, I must confess th' lies on a Misunderstanding w"" my 
Con. Henry Lowe Dep'f, who broke in upon my perquisites, 
w*out being able to help myself, but by the granting of Warr*.^ 
Sp" & Comon w%ut his directions; as I found myself Quali- 
fyed by my Instructions, w"*" was not to suffer any Patent to 
Issue untill his L'^pps Agent were p^ the Condicou Whether 
Cornon, Escheat &c. ; but this Liberty was soon Abused ; & 

2 great Warr'.^ taken out, one by M"" Macnemore for 5000 A", 
& the other for 3000 A", w'l'out secureing or giveing Caution 
for the same. I had notice hereof, & iinediately countermanded 


those Orders to the Clke, & so p^'ented the 111 Consequence 
th* I saw was like to ensue the Abuse of th' Liberty ; for great 
Warri! taken out upon Credit, might have been sold out in 
parcell & his L'^pp defeated of his Right ; or the Purchasers 
from the Warrantee loose their Rights; but I had Ever after 
a strickt Eye upon those 2 Warri^ ; but it so hapned th' the 
Six Months Time was Expired before any use was made of 
them, & when brought to be renewed for 6 m! longer, they 
were met w''' Orders w'^'' I had just at that Time put into to 
the Office, for fear of Alarming them if don sooner, w*"^ forbid 
the Renewm' thereof untill it appeared th' his L'^pps Agent were 
Satisfyed for the same according to Condicons of Plantacon. 

This is the Only step th' I ever Made, Since I have been in 
the Office, th' bears any Colour of Blame ; but when perfectly 
Understood, is rather a benefit than an Injury, as to the seating 
the Countrey ; but his L'lpp had been oblidged to stay a little 
for his Money : & I put to A great Deal of Trouble in observing 
the Returns upon Every Warr', So th' no Patent should Issue 
untill his L!!pp were paid his Rights. However upon the 
Whole I thought it proper to p''vent Any such practice from 
Creeping into the Office ; but have since heard th' it was Ob- 
jected to me by the Dep'2' Agent, when I forbadd a Warr' unto 
Copson, upon the score of the Iron Works, Whereby a Reserve 
was made of Allmost all the Lands upon the Western shore, 
for the Value of £120 Cash p^ downe. I was Aware of my 
former Mistake in Granting Warr'.' before pt for, or Caution 
given for the Paym*" thereof, & had Reason therefore to refuse 
such an Unlimited Warr! as was prepared by the Clk & shewn 
me, Empowring Copson to take up all the Lands upon the 
head of the Bay in Csecill side, w"'out Any restraint of goeing 
as far North as he had Pleased, & allso a Reserve of all the 
Lauds on Balteraore side. Besides as I formerly Advised, 


having found a secret fellow of Copson, his great & unusuall 
Reservedness to me, & the Ineomptency of some of his schemes, 
made me jealouse of Pensilvania Designes ; & therefore forbid 
the Issueing of th* Warr!, having first Advised the Govern'' of 
mv Apprehensions, who Acquiesced in what I had said as to 
the Pensilvania Designes. This Order I thought my self Quali- 
fyed to make w*'^out giveing my L*!.^ Agents Dep'i' or My Own 
Clk a Reason for it ; but by Bribery or what Other Influence 
I cant tell the Warr* Issued Contrary to my Order as soon as 
I went Out of Town, &, Reserve Made of the Tract of Land 
now taken up for Iron Works (they might have levyed out as 
much & wherever they had pleased) & a Location upon the 
heads of all the Rivers in Baltemore Co*J; w"^ had been a stop 
to all other surveys ; & kept th* Vast Tract of Land under the 
Thumb. But I sent linediately unto both the Survey? of 
Csecill & Baltemore Co'J too, into Whose hands soever the 
Warr' should fall, to let me know their p''tentions, & not to do 
Any thing thereupon untill tliey should have farther directions 
from me. It was at first laid in Csecill Co'?'. I had no Ob- 
jection to the Place ; I let him finish the Work & recalled the 
Warr*, so heard no more of such large Pretentions. Whatever 
Encouragem' the Dep! Agent or my Clk had for Issueing this 
Warr' from Copson ; they had different Treatm' from me. Who 
found they had surprised the Govern! into a Consent of it. 
However, after such an Action & other misdoings, I should 
not have continued the Clk Any longer in the Office if I could 
have furnished my [self] w"* another Clke so Capable of doe- 
ing the Business thereof; for alltho Copson p*^ Caution down 
for 4500, th' Ought not to have given him the Liberty of 
100000 A" ; but Money I fear hath don too many Wonders 
in th' Office. Alltho' it is my Duty to take Care th' My L"^ 
be no Sufferer thereby, I must Wink at ffaults. There hath 


been frequent shifting & Changes of Clks heretofore for Mis- 
demeanours. I am sensible I am greatly Wrong'd by them 
but know not how to help myself; but his L^pps Business & 
dues being all of Record, by dilligence & Circumspection I can 
p^'vent his being Abused. These & such like grumblings at 
my Conduct first for Ordering Warn' to any one, & now Re- 
straining of Copsou, might have remained a secret for some 
Time longer had it not been for my denyeing Geist the liberty 
of the Office. I had heard of some of his & the Clks Unfair 
Practices as to my self & the Poeple too ; & particularly of 
One in Relation Unto 6 Pistoles w*^*" Geist was to have for 
takeing A Patent of [f] the Record, for so the Report was 
handed to me ; of w"!' you will see more by the Dep"^ of Griffith 
& ffaudrier taken by the Provincial Court unknown to me & 
come here inclosed : the same being before lost in Mann. 

Whatever M"' Geist may think of such practices & the many 
Private Injurys don to me in th' Office, No man Else, I speak 
it w"' Submission, will believe him harshly used in being forbid 
the Office ; for among Many other Informacons given me, the 
Collector at New-Castle, told me th' he heard Vanhacsdonck 
Riddlyden th* famous Convict & Transport into Maryland, 
had, to recomeud him self in th' Place where he Apply 'd for 
Practice, frequently boasted of frendship & great priveledges 
in the Maryland Land Office, & had thereby very much Ad- 
vanced himself in the Good Opinion of the Poeple there, & in 
Cecill Co'.^ too ; for as it is generally Reported, th* during the 
Time of his great ifamiliarity w*!" Geist he had gott the Certifi- 
cates from off the Records of great part of the Lands in Caecill 
Co'J w*l'out having Ever Accounted w*_'' me for one penny for 
the same. But when I came next to Town after I had the 
news at New Castle, upon Enquirey I had some notice of the 
Great ffiimiliarity that had been between Griffith, Geist in the 


Office, & Riddlydeu & Davison out doors ; & how th* there 
had been a late jangling between the Dep'J Agent & Griffith. 
I made what Enquirey I could into the Cause of it, but could 
then have but an Imperfect Acco* of the 6 Pistoles & the Busi- 
ness to be don for them, for I found the Clk upon th' Reserved 
w*!" me ; I therefore Sett others at Work who from their dis- 
course in their ifretfull airs, had heard it said th' Geist was to 
have the 6 Pistolls for takeing off the Patent of Davison & 
the Widdow Thompson's Land. 

But Whilst this Matter was in Agitacon in Aprill Provincial 
Court 1721 th*" a Record was defaced that morning; & th' 3 
or 4 Titles of Laud had been torn out of a Record Book. The 
Chief Clk like a sorry fellow, suffered me to have the news 
thereof from the Town, rather than by his own informacou, w'^'' 
if it had, as it ought, irnediately followed the Discovery, I 
might possibly have detected the Villain & seized the torn 
Records Upon him ; but the Provincial Court was set before 
T had news of it. At their Riseing from Dinner I Exhibited 
An Informacou of what had been discovered & of the Person 
suspected. They IliTediately Issued a Warr! Ag' him ; but the 
Delay in discovering the ffact to me as soon as it was known, 
p'vented the desired success ; for th' Delay gave to one of 
Clarkes ffriends to Advise him of what was doeing. He ab- 
sented himself th' night because he would not be taken by the 
Officer ; but came to Town the next day & then surrendered 
himself. Th' which fastned the thing upon him was his being 
in the Office th' Morning, & made search in Sundry Record 
Books, & Appeared to be his Interest to deface th' Record, for 
the Gaining th' Land thereon Recorded, to him self w''*' was a 
little before in Agitation. 

These Evill practices & what more there may yet be of the 
like Nature as yet Unknown, Ariseing from the Great Liberty 


given unto Poeple of Comeing into the Land Office, I thought 
it high Time to retrench it as well to the Dep'f Agent as to 
the Poeple in Gen!!; for all thd I had Often times threatned 
to remove the Reg! if I found a Crew of Poeple about him in 
the Office, it was all to no purpose ; & he told me he conld 
not help the Poeple from goeing into the Office nor looking 
into the Books. These other practices falling in w"" the Affaire 
of the 6 Pistoles, oblidged unto a New Regulacon thereof. I 
therefore began w"" Giest, of whom I had been told sundry 
things; & told him, but apart, th' he had no longer any Liberty 
of Comeing into the Land Office ; but th' in Any thing relat- 
ing Unto his L'^ps. Affaires or Interest it should be dispatched 
for him as soon as demanded, w'!'out any ffee or Reward ; but 
th' the Duty of my Office Oblidged me to take Care of the 
Office. But the Gen' as it seems by Griffiths Dep!! thought 
himself priviledged & came Along w*"" others into the Office 
the next day. I then Publickly checkt him, & let him know 
th* the Office was no place for him, nor those he brought along 
w'? him ; & therefore as soon as possible, I got an Inside hatch 
made, w"" Iron spikes at the Top to keep all Poeple Out, wl'' I 
find very necessary to be don ; & th' no other p'"son but the 
Clk Who is Answerable for the Records have the handling of 
them. Nor am I at all better satisfyed w'? M' Geists Conduct, 
because of a Memorial in his Own Justification w"''' our Gov- 
ern"^ was pleased to hand to me, for in th' he Acknowledges in 
part what Griffith swore as to the 6 Pistoles ; & the Govern! 
remarked thereupon, th'' Griffith & Geist had playd so long 
into One Anothers hands th' now they were fallen Out About 
the stakes. 

The Affaire had the Worse Aspect w'^ me, because I had been 
some time before made in some Manner Acquainted w*!" the 
Ground of it. D"^ Davison, for whom the Business was to be 


don, was severall Times wl*' me. I advised him very Candidly 
in his Business ; but I found he had farther designs than was 
Agreeable to law or Justice & discountenanced him in it ; but 
when Riddlesden who was said to be Expert & deeply practiced 
in Vilany, came to have a hand in it, it is no Wonder if he 
plead his own part, & under the Countenance of friendship, 
Addressed himself unto the Widdow, & so got an insight into 
the Affaire of the Land in dispute between her self & Davison, 
& among other Circumstances he ifound th' the Original Grant 
was Wanting. The Widdow was surprised & knew nothing 
of it ; but Riddlyden to make all sure Advised [her] to be 
very dilligent in the search of her Patent ; for th' she would 
certainly loose her Land if she did [not] ffind [it]. Thus he 
Excited her Care ; & Engaged her by the fear of looseing her 
Laud, to Endeavour the Recovery of her Patent ; but all search 
was in Vain. He brought Davison the Joyfull news, th' the 
Patent was not to be found ; & so among them the Mischeif 
was hatched ; th* Geist (if it be true what Report saith ; & 
what Griffith hath swore) should have a p' of Money for deface- 
ing the Record & takeing of the Copy or Rather Exemplifica- 
tion of the Patent Recorded iu the Land Rolls. Nor doth 
Geist deny th' there was something in what Griffith Swore ; 
but in his Appology made thereon he turns all to redicule ; yet 
it Appears, th' an Affiiire was a negociateing in the Office for 
D! Davison, th' Geist & Griffith had a Quarrell in the Office 
about it ; th* after some reproachfull & biteing Language Geist 
left the Office & Went Imediately Unto Davisons House (w''^ 
Geist says was the nearest, but he might have housed himself 
in half the space) Griffith follow'd calling out & makeing use 
of scandelous AVords, untill he came unto Davisons Shop ; then 
as Geist farther saith in his Appology, " I then desired Davi- 
son to Acquaint him," Griffith meaning, " th' I had reed from 


him," meaning Davison " six Pistoles : w'^'' was told I p''test," 
Continues he, " w''' no Other design than to jeer Griffith," So 
far his Appology. Whether or no Geist design'd to jeer & 
laugh at him in Davisons shop, I will not determine ; but it 
seems they were both of another Temper when they had the 
"Words in the Office ; & when Griffith followed him in the 
streets pelting him w'.*" seandelous Words, it is plain something 
was to have been don. It is all plain allso th* Griffith & Gefst 
did not Quarrell for straws ; his own Confession th* Davison 
did speak to Griffijth of 6 Pistoles, w"*" w*'' many other Circum- 
stances conspire in makeing out the Charge. Riddlyden was 
too notorious in Britain to Want a Charecter. Davison was 
little short of him, Consideratis Considerandis : he hath been 
Convict & at Sundry other times try'd for perjury. He was 
allso Arraigned for Burning our State house, to take off the 
Record of his Conviction, as some poeple supposed ; & so Ad- 
mirably well versed in the Managem' of the Petit lurys, that 
he practiced the same skill & Cunning for his ffriend Riddlyden 
as he had used for himself in that. Such Conversacon shew'd 
the Mann ; & were it not for his L'^pp who as M"" Lowe told 
me had a Respect for the Man, he should hardly have con- 
tinued in any Pub. Employm' For as I had been Advised 
by M! Atfny Gen!! he had told at the Govern'!^ Table th' I 
forbid him the Office, because he had made a Discovery of 
M! Wardes Land to be Escheat. I taxed the fellow w'!^ the 
Report. He Acknowledged it, & th' he could tell for what 
else I turned him out of the Office. Such base suspitions are 
suitable to such Vilanous practices: & found the Reward of 
my Modesty in not stigmatizeing the fellow publickly for those 
Crimes I had Advised him of in private. By this Charge I 
find my self Involved in 3 Difficulties : first th' I Interrupted 
his I/pps Dep'J Agent in makeing Proper discoverys of Es- 


cheats &c=; Secondly th' Interrupted hira in his search of his 
L'^pps Mannors & Others his Rights Ariseing Out of the Office; 
thirdly th' I was Influenced thereto by his Discovery of Col. 
Wardes Land to be Escheat. 

As to the first, no discoverys of Escheat Lands are to be 
made out of the Land Records. Original Rights only are to 
be found recorded there. Secondly ; it is the thing searched 
fcJr & not the turning & Tumbling over the books, th' is for 
his L^ps Service. It is little Matter who doth it provided th* 
his L''pps Business be don ; & Certainly the Clk who hath 
given Security for his Well Abearance in his Office, is the 
fittest person to make searches therein. But lastly in the thing 
Complained of; I shall agree w'?" him tli' it were hard th* his 
L^pps officer should be punished for doeing his duty (by turn- 
ing the Tables the Case will be my Own). I will not trouble 
you w"" Exposeing the Malice of the fellow in this Particular; 
who was but too conscious of his Own Demerits. Col Warde 
was told th' his Lands were Escheatable. He came to me & 
asked my Opinion of the Matter ; but Upon produceing the 
bequest of the Deed : the same & of his own hand Writing, 
w*^!' I send you here inclosed (a Copy from off the Com""^^ Records 
was lost in Mann) I thereupon told him th'' I thought his 
Lands not to be Escheat; but th' he Ought not to depend upon 
my Judgm' but Advise upon it. He afterwards he told me 
th* he found his Title to be very good. Thus much Gen' I 
thought fit to say in my own Justification, & th' it was not 
out of Any Caprice or Slight of his L'!pps Officers, or Affiiires, 
th' I have debarr'd Geist the Office. And for fear of Any 
Injury s don unto his L!!pp. I have Ordered A Generall List 
to be made Out of all the Warr" granted since my Time & 
Resolve to collate them w'!" the Records of Certificates, the 
Certificates & Patents, as well as w'.^ the Agents Acco'J; Whereby 


every Slip or Mistake on the llecords will be detected. It is 
a Work of some Time but shall be dispatched as soou as 

Gen* I acquainted you in my last, th' for fear of disoblidg- 
ing the Northern Indians, I had not as yet Published his 
L'lpps Instructions for seating the Northern Parts. I shall 
travill up there on tuesday or Wensday next, <& Design to 
Attempt something w'l' those Indians ; at least will Endeavour 
to prevail w*? them to come down & treat w**" our Governf at 
Annapolis. You will please to see What Care S! W^™ Keith 
takes of them, by the Inclosed Copy of the Reserve Warr' for 
75000 Acres sent you in my last. You will now receive allso 
Among the York papers, An Acco' of a Purchase made from 
the Indian Sachems (the copy of that Purchase is No. 1) by 
the York Governm! of tlie Lands on the West side of the Dele- 
ware, near the head thereof, & to the Northward of the Line 
of 40. M"" Charles Carroll in like manner purchased from the 
Indians A Lycence to take up his Tract of Land, in the ifork 
of Patowmeck & Monockkesey, & it seems Necessary before 
we give any Pub. Notice th' some Measures be taken w*'' those 
Indians ; who are by Reason of their Scituacon & Trade much 
better Acquainted w*? the Pensilvanians than w'? us, & may 
by them be set to do Mischeif, Unless we make some Treaty 
w"" them About Extending Our Settlem'j into the Woods, 
Where no Englishman hath as yet Planted. 

Reports are so Various About Our Mine at Susquehannah 
th* I dont know what to make of it ; but tis generally said th' 
they have given Over Working upon it. Only they keep 2 or 
3 Menu in Serch for the Vien. Others pretend to say th' they 
have found the Vien, but desist w'^ Design, untill some Meas- 
ures be Used to secure the Land. 


Geni the Regulacons ffollowing w"'' seem Necessary to be 
made in the Managem* of Land Affairs are humbly submitted 
to y"" Cousideracon : 

first th* it be a Condicon in all Conditional! Warr^f th* the 
Lands so taken up be planted & Occupied w*Mn 3 : 4 or 5 
years After the Location of such Warr!. Secondly 2 : 3 or 4 
years be limited for the Issueing of all Grants of Lands, the 
Escheat, Purchase, or Composition for Surplus Lands to be 
pd ^v*:!'in the Time of such Limitacon, Otherwise to be flFree for 
any other person to take up again ; unless upon Peticon Unto 
y"" L^pps Officer for land Affaires a Sufficient Reason be shewn 
as heretofore ; by which means the Business of the Office will 
be greatly Expedited & many Abuses prevented. 

Thirdly th' it be proposed unto his L^pp & if he think it 
Reasonable th' a New Condicon be Annexed unto the former 
Coudicons of Plantacons ; th' all Other Mines Except Iron, 
w"'' is more or less all over the Countrey, as to Lands yet 
Untaken up, be reserved in the Grants, in like Manner as the 
Royall Mines. 

Some of my Own Lands being under A Dispute, of wl*" I 
cannot properly be a judge, nor th' it may seem proper to grant 
any Lands to my self, as you will see by the Inclosed Paragraph 
or Article of M! Carrolls Instructions Anno 1712, I begg the 
same may be don in my ffavour, as well to the hearing of 
Disputes as to the Granting of Lands. The Person proposed 
is Either his L^pps Agent for the Time being : M^ Henry 
Darnall, RicM Bennett or any One of his L'^pps Councill. 

Gen= Disputes from the Mine Countrey are very Uncertain 
& this Only is Certain th' our Woods are full of Mine Hunters, 
we Want Skillfull Men ; & forasmuch as the Hon' is don me 
of comeing into the Copartnership, it seems very Reasonable 
& Advantageous th' upon the Opening & Discovery of Any 


Valuable Mines of Lead, tin or Copper, th' I should have the 
Power of Contracting w*!' such discoverer, so as to make the 
Mine our Own, Allowing to every such discoverer, a Propor- 
tion of their own discovery ; by w"'' Means we may have under 
our Managem.' the greater part of the Mines & may then Work 
them at Pleasure according to their Goodness. Great numbers 
of Mines or tokens of Mine are flPound : the difficulty is in the 
ffinding the Principal Viens ; w''*' I take to be Owing to the 
Ignorance of the Miners. I shall set Out Tomorrow or next 
day. the Dispatch of these Letters hath p^'vented me, else I 
should have been among them before now. I send by this 
Conveyance 4 sorts of Oar brought me since my last ; wl*" 
please to Make An Essay of. I have a great opinion of the 
Reddish Sort ; it is brought from Potomeck. The Other Peb- 
bley sort is lead or silver, & is near at hand if good. I Must 
likewise Advise th' my Great Expectacons as to S! W"! Keiths 
Mine Begin to grow Languid. I have been very Curious in 
Euquireys About the Lat. but see little Probability of its fall- 
ing on this side of the Line of 40. I wish I had a small 
lustrum', I would soon make a tryall thereof. As soon as I 
return from the Mine Countrey, You shall have a particular 
Acc^ of all such discoverys as can possibly be made by 
Gen* Y! Most Obedient Serv* 

Phile. Lloyd. 

Not having compleated my Representacon of S! Augustines 
Mannor, I send you a Copy of M'" Heaths Peticon upon his 
refusall to joyn in the Examinacon of Evidences, & some 
Observacons thereupon. 



[Personal Explanations.] 

Wye River July 30'*^ 1722 

My last to you was p^ Cap! Spencer wherein I acquainted 
you w*^ Sundry Occurrences in the Managem' of Our Pub 
AiFaires. this now p! Cap' Letton Entreats y! ffavour & good 
Offices, in Case any thing should be represented by Esq! 
Birchfield ag' me. Th* Gen! hath a great Many fine winds (?) 
& turns in his Business, many more than can be called Hon- 
ourable, for at our last hearing at the Chan'7 Barr Where his 
Injunction was dissolved, he, by his Councill proposed th' 
satisfaction should be made me, provided I would allow him 
a little Time to get the Money ; & Endeavoured by th* Arti- 
fice to get the hearing postponed for th* Time, & have kept it 
on the foot of the Instruction for Another Court. My Conn- 
cell advised me of the Motion. I went Imediately over the 
Bay, Upon his Answer was, th' his Councill had mistaken 
him. Alltho I had it from his Councill otherwise. The 
this Artifice if my Councell had given into it, would [have] 
hung the Cause still in Chan7 & it may be for the hearing of 
Another Chancell^ As some p^'sons 

I entreated the ffiivour of Cap!: Man, th' in Case you should 
be Apprised of any Complaints ag*" [me] as to the Managem! 
of my Office, th* you would be pleased according to what 
follows, to sett that Matter Right. I do Assure you have the 
naked Truth of the Thing, & th* the ffijundacon of any Com- 
plaint ag! me hath been the preventing the Abuses don to the 
Poeple : & even to my L^ too, by such as claimed A Right to 


the Records ; but the Duty of ray Office & my Own security 
too, Oblidged me to take such Measures, as would most 
Effectually prevent the Corrupt Practices then creeping into 
the Office ; for if my Lit^ Officers under the Colour of their 
Office might have the liberty of Destroying Poeples Estates 
for A Small Bribe to themselves, the Countrey would soon be 
put into A fflame & my self made a Sacrifice. I turned Xtian 
Geist (who was Coz Henry Lowes Dep'7) out of the Office, for 
Undertakeingf to take a Patent of the Records for 6 Pistoles. 
His Own Answer in an Appology made by Way of Remon- 
strance is a tacite acknowledgm' of the thing; alltho setts it in 
a different Complexion, than What it was shewn me in ; for if 
One demands the Purse of Another Man & be afterwards con- 
vict of it, a Plea will be thouglit very frivelous th' setts the 
thing out as A jest ; & not a felonous Design of Robbing the 
Man. No better is it for M! Geist to say, th* he bid Davison 
tell Griffith th' he was to have 6 Pistoles for takeing such a 
Patent off the Records, to teese & jeer the s*^ Griffith Only. 
The ffact it self, the Poeple too concern'd in it w*? him have a 
Melancholly Aspect. Riddlyden as ffamous a Convict as any 
in Maryland ; Dl Davison as deserving as he (having been 
Convict & at sundry Times Arraign'd for Perju[ry and 
Slajnder, once try'd for Burning I had been teas'd at 

Sundry Times about the Affair, th6 in Another Manner, by 
Davison advised w'*" me how to resurvey a Part of A 

Tract of Land includeing the Surplus. The Man would take 
Answer; & would not Understand, alledging th' the 
Owner w'''' was a Wid. woman would not Consent to the Re- 
surveying the Division Line. I told him as the Line was 
comon to both she could not prevent it, & th' I would grant 
him such a power & should not be Opposed. In short I 
found it was not so much his Own as the Widdows Land & 


house he was so sollicitous oiF. Riddlyden was a fit tool for 
such a piece of Work ; & as a p'"tended friend went to find 
Out her Title. The Woman haveing no knowledge of her 
Last husbands Papers could not readily find her Patent, & 
after 2 or 3 Enquireys, ffinding [the] Patent not to be had, 
they concluded it to be lost, & if the Record could be razed or 
any ways defaced, she would not be able to make Out A Title, 
& he might purchase her Lands of my L^ being so convenient 
to his Own. For this p! of Service Geist as the thing Appears 
was to have 6 Pistoles ; for nothing less could meant by take- 
ing the Patent off the Record, for if the Copy only were 
meant, Davison might have saved his ffee to Riddlyden, & had 
his Business don by the Proper Officer for 50 or 60 pounds 
of Tob. 

This Alone was a sufficient Warr' for me to forbid Geist the 
Records ; & were it not th' I knew how he was recofnended, 
by his L^pp. I should have don my Endeavour to have had 
him dismist his Employm' this Discovery hapned upon the 
back of Another p" of Rougery, as you will see by the inclosed 
proceedings Ag! his Clk. Who (if as all concurring Cir- 
cumstances will have did not only deface & tear the Record 
for his ow[n purpjose but [destrjoyed 2 &c. Writ up- 

on the same leaf in the book, however Mr. Geist being one of 
those the th'' signalize themselves in being my L! Baltemores 
friends, was much pitied, & my self Censured for denying my 
Ul Officer the liberty of his L^pps Land Office. The fellow 
to make his Case the better & to conceal his own Roguery, 
Invented a Scandelous Story of me, as if I had forbid him the 
Office, because he had discovered Col. M L Wardes Land to 
be Escheat, & to p'"vent farther discoverys. As it followed 
from th* Position, I had deny'd my L'i' Officer the Liberty of 
the Land Records, Whereas in Truth no discovery at all could 


be made of Escheats by the Land Records. But notw^'^stand- 
ing at the same Time th' I forbade him the Records, I told 
Geist th' whenever he required it, lie might have any Manner 
of Business out of th' Office th' was for his L^pps Service ; & 
th' if my Clks did not dispatch him, upon Complaint it should 
be Amended. 

But the fellow could not have fallen upon an unhappier 
Topick of Complaint ag' me, for as in th', so have I in all 
other Matters relating Unto the Office Acted Religiously both 
to my L*^,^ & to his Tenants, insomuch th' alltho some Poeple 
have complained, yet no man ever saw fit as yet to Hazzard a 
suit in the Courts at Law, for revokeing any Judgm* or Decree 
past by me Jno. Hyde, Col Warde, as I perceived, had been 
if his Land was Escheat ; & I believe as far as M'' Geist 
& his ffrieuds were able it [wou]ld have been taken from him ; 
had not Harry (who they were oblidged to Apply Unto 

for Setling the Price) had not prevented it by Informing M^ 
Warde thereof. He came to me & sliew'd me his Case. I 
told him very ifrankly th* I could not see his Land to be 
Escheat, but Advised him to consult the Lawyers upon the 
Clause of Cap* Murpheys Will by w''^ the Land had been 
divised. He did accordingly & was assured th' his Land did 
not Escheat. 

I heard no More of the Matter untill the Present Atf"^ 
Gen" was so kind to tell me of a Scandelous Story, th* was 
raised of me & told Publickly at the Govern" Table. I am 
Aflfraid that Gen' is something too forward in Listening to the 
Tale of such as bespeak themselves to be my L'i^ friends. I 
did indeed Ask the Govern! about it, but he passed it oif as a 
peice of forgetfullness, alltho he was afterward (upon handing 
to me Geists Memorial, Wherein he tacitely Acknowledged the 
Case of the 6 Pistols) pleased to say, th' he believed th' Geist 


& my Clk bad been playing into One anotbers bands, & at 
lengbt fell to quarrelling about tbe Stakes. But I sball be 
Easily Acquitted, if I were not otberwise Secure ag! sucb a 
scandelous Imputacon. in setting of Col Wardes wl*" will 

serve As a ffoyl to set Integrity in tbe former. Had bis 
L'^pp grant anew tbe Land &c. unto Col Warde bougbt of 
y' Self. He Applyd Unto me for sucb A grant as did not 
only amend tbe Error & mistakes in tbe former, but would 
allso bave comprebended all tbe Vacant Land upon tbe He. 
My Orders were Positive for it ; bad tbere not been a Limi- 
tacon Annexed unto tbem. w"'' put tbe tbing upon my own 
Judgm* & Candour. I told bim tb' I did not perceive any tbing 
in tbe Course of tb* Affaire w*!? discovered Any Inclinacon or 
Design in bis L^pp. to give more tban be bad bougbt, or was 
contained w'4n tbose Pattents, tbe Amendm' Wbereof was my 
Orders ; & being aware tb' tbere was Surplus Land upon tbe 
Island, I tberefore Ordered Col Warde to resurvey tbe Wbole 
& deducting tbe Quantity of tbe former Patents to compound 
for tbe Remainder & tben to bave a Grant for tbe Wbole. 

After tbis No man will beleive tb* I could bave any Inclina- 
cons, to serve Col Warde ag' tbe Duty of my Office ; mucb less 
to bave turned my 1/! Officer out of bis Office wl** must needs 
bave been very disagreeable to bis L'lpp ; w'l'out baving a very 
good Reason for it. But no Man can live w'l'out Enemys. My 
strickt Adberence to my Duty at tbe Severall Pub. Stations I 
bave Acted, batb gained me more tban any tbing else & par- 
ticularly, in tbe L^ wberein my Adbereing unto my Lt^^ Inter- 
est batb made me many Enemys. 

S^ In my last I advised tb' Jurys were oddly Managed in 
Csecill Co^J & tb' Influence upon tbe Affaires in tbose Parts 
was incousistant w*? bis l/L^ Interest. & if so to make tbeir 
Court w"' my L^ would gP'^ Sacrifice my Rigbts in tb' or Any 


thing else to their boundless Ambition. I had never purchased 
any Part of th* Mannor ; had I not been well Assured of the 
Justice of it. & th' it did no Otherwise Interfere w*:!' my h^j 
Interest, than as M"^ Heath was pleased to make Use of his 
Ldpps ]s^ame to Secure his own Interest & Claime to Sundry 
Tracts of Land w'^'' he had Unwarily taken up w'_''in the Bounds 
of th! Mannor. I think nothing can Expose a Man more than 
Deceiptfull Influence & double dealing. 

The first Charges w'!!' M*" Heath brought ag' our Grant were 
th* it was Surreptitiously Obtained & th* it was defective in the 
Bounds thereof; either of w""" is fatall to the Grant itself; & 
lastly it is said to be of dangerous Consequence unto his L'^pps 
Claimes Upon Deleware ; in having Acknowledged An Equi- 
table Right to be in the Poeple th' Planted there w'l'out his 
L^pps Lycence or Authority. This indeed, if truly stated, may 
be some illcouveniency unto his L'^£!'^ Affaires, but no ways 
th' I can understand destructive of the Right of Grantee, w"** 
is the thing M' Heath would be at, for be it no ways Affected 
by the unwary or superfluous clauses in th' Grant. My L^ 
Baltemore about 4 years ago, & in Order to discover the defects 
& Inconvenieucys of this Grant, if Any such there be in it, 
laid his Coruand Gov! Hart M"" Henry Lowe M" James 

Heath & my self to be laid before his had been the 

letting his L'!pp into the Right Way. but this M'" Heath 
Utterly refused. Coz. Lowe promised to Advise thereof. For 
my part I thought it to be improper for he was a Party 

to do it. I declined it allso out of Modesty ; but M" Heath as 
I presume gott Order from my L*^ & upon th* an Ex parte 
Comission out of the Chan7 Office, alledging it to be for his 
L^pps Service to Examine Evidences upon the Eastern Bounds 
of Bohemia Mannor, as the Western Boundary of Bohemia 
Mannor might be Affected thereby. A strange Turn of Affaires. 


A WonderfuU Change ! from 2 ifuDdemental Charges ag* S' 
Augiistines Patent, & Another Argnm* cried up to be as bad 
taken ab Inconveniente, to degenerate into a Regulacou of the 
Boundarys only, instead of lookeing at the Legality of the 
Grant it self. But granting this Regulacon proposed & Ex- 
aminacon of Evidences upon the Eastern Bounds of Bohemia 
Mannor, To be of Service Unto his L'^pp, as M! Heath ad- 
vised both the Govern"^ & myself, Why will he not make it 
Appear how, or in what Manner the doeing it will be for his 
L'^pps Service? If he be so capable of serving my L^ why 
will he not discover his capacity & Zeal by his Service? Really 
I ffaucy the old Gen' to delight most in Private & retired Ways 
& th* the sunshine is grown very Offensive to his Eyes. I 
therefore Petitioned the Govern^ th' he would please to appoint 
a Time for the makeing a represeutacon according to his L'^pps 
Comands. Ap" provincial Court was the Time pitched Upon. 
Mf Heath had all the Advantages imaginable on his side : he 
bad long considered & digested what he had to say : he had 
allready Examined Evidences according to his Own scheme ; 
& what fFarther Designs he might have I know not, but I find 
they were such as would not bear the Test here in Maryland. 
Annapolis was too near to Bohemia ; & to bring Evidence 
where they might be confronted, by Other Evidences of better 
Credit, as well as Positive Records, he did not think to be for 
his Advantage. He therefore put of the Matter upon the side 
of Health, alltho well Enough to ride About the Countrey upon 
his private Occations, as I am very well informed, & thus 
avoided this meeting by the Govern" Appointm'^, as he had 
before declined a Complyance w*!" his L**^^ Comands in the 
same Case. 

Things being thus circumstanciated, I find I cannot avoid 
reflections, & it may be, deemed to have a bad Cause in hand, 


because M! Heath will not let it come to an Issue. I therefore 
resolved to do something on my own Part. I had allready 
disobeyed his L^'L"" Coiilauds out of Modesty, beleiving th' my 
Coz. Lowes notices of M! Heaths resolucon not to joyn would 
have held me Excused, W'out being Obliged to make an Ex- 
parte Representacon of my own Case, & so lay me lyable of 
having said or don for myself. But now to Avoid Any farther 
Dilinquency of the like Nature, I resolved, lest M' Heath by 
his Silence & Cunning should defeat me a second Time, to 
make a Representacon of the S' i^ugustine Affaires in the best 
Manner I was Able. But I would not depend upon ray Own 
judgm! solely. I therefore requested Ml Heath by Letter (of 
w"'' a Copy is sent home Unto my Masters) to let me into the 
knowledsre of such things As related Unto his L'^L^" Service & 
Interest touching S' Augustines Mannor ; & the Gen* would 
have avoided it by ffrighting my Messeng!' w**" a long Stay if 
he Answered Mine According to the Purport of it. But as 
soon as he understood th* the ifellow had Orders to stay for an 
Answer be it never so long, he then doubl'd upon me again, 
& let me know th* the Meeting me at Annapolis, would Answer 
all my Demands, but another Letter of Excuse for Want of 
Health, alltho' he was Actually As I have since learnt. Upon 
S' Augustines Mannor & a takeing Up 1200 Acres of Land 
w'^in the Bounds of it severall Miles from Home. 

I then filed A Bill in Chan'-/, the Only legall & Regular 
Way of Examining Evidence in Perpetuam Rei meraoriam. 
He was cal'd up to joyn w* me & pleaded this July ChanY 
Court ; but the Gen^ did not think it for his Interest neither, 
& so refused to Appear in it, farther than by a base peice of 
Practice, w"'' I doubt will come too much in Ure among Us, 
to make an Interest at Court, for defeating me of my Councill. 


himself Oblidged, Virtute Officii attatched Unto my L^! Af- 
faires, this he Owns in his Peticou his Own Affaire ; & 
yet would have had M"; Bordley Engaged long before he was 
spoke to by him, to serve his private turn. As he had before 
Whilst in Office Undertaken for my Lord. But if it be My 
L^P' Case & really for his Service, why did he not Peticon 
for the Present Att'ny Gen'i, for they are both at Councill w*.'' 
me. By this it Appears th' it is M' Heaths, & not my L^.' Case 
th' moves up all this Stirr About A Grant, th^ hath layn in a 
Peaceble & Quiet Condicon for a great number of years. 

For if it were for my 1/^ Service in July last when M"" Heath 
Obtained a Comission for Examining Evidences Unknown 
unto me, can Cases shift sides, & the Examinacon of Evidences 
this p'"sent July less for his L'^''^' Service, than it was last year 
re infecta, & now th' he be called upon to joyn w'.'' me, in doeing 
the same thing w"'' he was so sollicitous about a little before ? 
If it were for his L'^pp'- Service then much more Avill it be so now 
th* I am about to make longer & more Extensive Enquireys 
about those Bounds. But the Gen* is too selfish : he is intent 
upon his own Business only, & cannot think of serving my 

his Own Interest is not concerned & Interwoven w'?" it. 
Otherwise he would not joyn th' w*!' me in a Legal Manner 
his own proceedure (by presidents of the ChanY Court 
Void & insuficient in Law) w"'' he hath offerd 
do mine. Wherein his Ul is much more concerned all th' 

p''tended to about St. Augustine his L'^^p' Claimes I 

meant unto the Lands upon Del. Bay up to the 40 Degree of 
North Lat. There are two things particularly involved w"'in 
the Circumstances of this Dispute, wl*" Relate very particularly 
unto the Affaires of the Claimes ; by them it will appear th* 
Either Mf Heath doth not Understand, or at least doth not 
think lustly of them. 


For if th' Gen' would have joyned cordially w'^ me, alltho 
I know not if I may Want his Assistance in takeing Exami- 
nacons touching the P]astern Bounds of Bohemia Maunor, 
should have discover'd by such Antient Poeple as are still 
Alive, th' there was not one strait Path or Road th' Passed to 
the Northw'^ between Chesepeak & Del. Bays, more than 40 
years after the Grant of Maryland. But M"" Heath may reply 
th' this is not to his Purpose, but th' it will make Ag* him. 
I know it very well but shall not therefore desist in my De- 
signes, nor can there be any greater of the Lands ffoundacon 
upon w"'' the Order in Councill of 1685 is built Viz. th* the 
Lands in dispute upon Del. Bay were Inhabited & Planted 
by Xtians at & before the Date of the L;! Baltemores Grant 
by such proof to be Manifest, th' from New Castle down 

Unto the Whorehill w'^'' is Accounted was not One 

single Xtiau Inhabitant Whorekill it is true was planted 
but th* will depend upon Evidences of Another kind, to 
shew how th* Place was planted after the grant of Maryland ; 
how cut off & left desolate, & not replanted Again Untill after 
the takeing of Deleware by the English in 1664. But what 
I think yet more strange in th' Gen' is in th! he hath barely 
refused to joyn w'? me in a Comission to Examine Evidences 
as af^ but the great Mistake he proceeded in, by Useing his 
Possible to prevent me in having Any such Comission at all ; 
for by this means his L'^p'' Would loose Sundry Evidences th* 
are not to be had upon auy other Acco' Whatsoever. The 
Design must wear the Disguise of the S! Augustine Boundarys ; 
for to Enquire after the Antiquity of the Roads, & the first 
Planting Upon Del : is like beating the Wind : some Poeple 
will be Afraid of their Interest, Others are Curb'd from Above : 
but by sticking close to the Recherche & Antiquity of the 
Bounds of the 2 Mannors, we may draw in as much as is 


Necessary or can be had of the other. If M! Heath thinks 
Anv thiuo; of this : he will not come into it for the Reasons 
Above; & for th' by it, I shall fix a Perjury upon all those 
Profligate fellows th' were husslecl in, to make 
Road of later standing, to be the Only Path made 

by the Indians before any Xtians Inhabited the Parts : & the 
Comon Western Boundary unto S' Augustiues 


The other thing involved in the Dispute of the Claimes is 
relative only. As M^ Heath is pleased to make it, unto th! Dis- 
pute : th' is : the Reservacon made in the Grant of S' Angus- 
tines Man! of an Equitable Right to those Lands they had 
heretofore Seated upon Deleware Bay ; & w^Hn the Limits of 
th' Mannor, w".'' M' Heath saith to be Dangerous & of Evill 
Consequence unto those Claimes ; but I on the other hand Say 
th* it miffht have been dano-erous if such a Reservacon had not 
been made. At least the late Charles L!^ Baltemore thought 
it prudent to do so, for fear th' Lands confirmed to the Poeple 
by a Pub. Treaty, or lands afterwards granted by the Duke of 
York & forcibly taken from them by my L^ might have given 
disgust Unto the Court, w'''' my I/J Ancestors Industriously 
avoided. I have the Articles of Surrender stipulated between 
the Dutch & English at the Reduction of New Amsterdam & 
Deleware Anno 1664; the XI Article Whereof is: th' the 
Dutch Who were minded to stay there should Possess & Enjoy 
their Inheritance accordins; to their Own Usao-es as heretofore. 
I think a Question is to be made of it, but th' Articles of the 
like Name were Stipulated upon the 

Antient seaters Upon 

of a Pub. & Nationall Consent ; however of their Acknowl- 

edgm' of his & Dominion over them, to have don Other 


ways might have been of some Advantage Unto Herrman, bnt 
hazardous unto the Proprietor of Maryland. But why after 
all M' Heath should refuse to joyn in such A Comission, as 
comes Inclosed I cannot Imagine. In fine Si I take the liberty 
to speak it to you under the Rose ; both this affaire & other 
things allso look w"' a strange face. Some Grudge & Designes 
too, I fiind ag? myself & My L^ suffers up the Bay, I fear, by 
Encouragem' given unto Poeple th* Oppose M^ Vanbebber & 
my self in the Affaire of Our Mannor, & from many Cold- 
nesses wl^ I beleive proceed from my freedom in speaking 

about M! H ys, who to speak the Govern? own Words 

to S' W"^ Keith & others is but the he more than 

once said before Col, Addison, Col. Tilghman & myself, th' he 
thought the Gen' neither fit for Counsell, neither would he take 
Counsell of him, some Persons must needs have odd thoughts 
when they see such a person cheif & Councill! as most 
Poeple take hira to be, but th' w*? surprises me most is th' 

in May last of 10000 A!! of Land to be laid as 2 
L** Baltemore 

w'^'in 2 or 3 days I am bound up there upon finishing my 
Lett'l' & first matter to the Govern^ he seemed pleased 

w'!" it. Some person I am perswaded are Jealous of my ser- 
vice to my L^ & had Rather Sacrifice his Interest then th' it 
should secure my his favour. For my Part I have ever 

had a Difficult game to Play ; I was crampt & slighted by the 
late Manistry because I could not fall into all their Measures, 
the Tables seem now to be turn'd upon me. Again there can 
be no good from the Counsells of 3 or 4 persons th' are said to 
have the Govern!.^ Ear in A particular INIanner. One of those 

Mischeivious Agen'.' I mean Esq! B Id left Town 3 days 

Ago, some Others were as far off: Some Poeple are made 


Jealous because some Other People cant help Talking. For 
my Part it hath ever been & shall be my greatest Care, so 
long as I have the Hon! to serve my Lord to keep things in a 
proper Channell if my L'' be faithfully served, & thereby En- 
abled to receive the Just dues of the Governm' & shall much 
longer well serve w%ut measureing how much be by 

other Persons Abyss th' no man can iFathom for 

retaining p^'sons th' have blighted my L'^ prop!.^ Governm* than 
any other : but I soon have something more than Resenting 
Private Revenues to be the Causes of On alteracons in 

Governm' lest the success should not Answer Designs of those 
th' are the most Zealous of his L'^pps Interest & Authority 
over this Province. Pardon ST these Observacons upon the 
Times, & if Anything should hereafter recall them please 

to look upon them as Reflections of one who is a zealous 
Admirer of the goodness of the 

I am your Oblidged humble Serv' 

Phile Lloyd 


[Indians. Northern and Western Boundaries. Encroachments 

of the Pennsylvanians.] 

Oct' 8"? 1722 

In my last to you "^ Cap* Burton ; I took the Liberty of 
tmposeing a great deal of Trouble upon you, in a long Epistle, 
w°^ however I am in hopes will in some measure be held Ex- 
cused ; as it related, either to my Office, the Advancem* of the 
Countrey, or to your own particular Interests, wherein I have 
been the more prolix, as I studied plainess ; & the giveing you 


a Compleat Understanding of the severall things I treated 
upon. You must give me Leave allso to remind you of what 
I writ Concerning the Laying of Reserves, I acquainted you 
of one Large one, th' I had made, and of others designed, & 
entreated y' ffavour w*!" his L'lpp, to Confirm them & to give 
me a Power to lay other Reserves, as I should see occation for 
the Time to come, w"!" I think very necessary for our Comon 
advantage, for I may be advised of a Valuable Mine, Say of 
Tin, Lead, or Copper, & before I can make any further En- 
quirey ; some peering fellow may ffiud a better Vein of the 
same Mine, tho at some distance, and so take it up ; for pre- 
vention whereof I humbly propose th' such a Power may be 
Lodged w^^ me. 

In my Last to his L^pp, I humbly represented the Conven- 
iency, of an • Interview w*,** the jSTorthern Indians, & more 
Especially w*? the Susquehannahs who seem to have the more 
Imediate Claime to such parts of the Countrey as seem most 
necessary to be seated, for the Present. The way of treating 
w*.'' the Indians is all ways by p^'sents ; & I have Observed 
th' when they come down to treat w*_^ our Govern! & sued for 
any particular ffavour, or Stipulated any Article, they do it by 
a Present of skins, According to the nature of the thing ; and 
thus they do, article by Article, as the Treaty goes on ; but the 
most remarkable Instance of this kind is taken from off our 
Records, in relacon to these Susquehannah Poeple ; who being 
drove away from their Town, and beat out of their fort upon 
the head of Potowmack, were afterwards upon their Submis- 
sion, and Application made for Lycence to come in, promised 
safe Conduct ; yet they Postponed the Affaire for some months, 
alledging th* they were poor at th* Time & must hunt first, to 
gett some skins, to make psents of, w"'' according to their way 
of Treating, was Essential to every Article. I beleive it will 


not be displeasing to see something of their Manner ; I have 
therefore Inclosed A Copy of a Treaty w'.'' a nation of the 

Upon all Treatys between us and the Indians, p''sents have 
been Alternately made, According to the Quality of the Article 
Agreed upon, as was practiced by my L^ Baltemores Comiss! 
sent to Albany Anno 1677. So hath it been allways ifound, a 
safe and suxsesfull Way, to purchase the Indians Right to Lands 
th* are remote, and where any Considerable Settlem*f have been 
made. It hath been likewise Observed th' the Indians never 
did any Mischief on such Lands, whereof the Right had been 
at any time paid for. I therefore humbly propose unto his 
L^pp, th* some Treaty be had w* the Susquehannahs &c. upon 
th*^ head. If his L^pp is pleased to lay his Coinands upon me, 
I would ride up Among them ; th' is the Susquehannahs, the 
Showans (who are a Considerable nation of the Southward 
Indians ; and have a Large Town at the Divideing of the 
Main Branches of Potowmack, as you will see upon my Mapp : 
a Canton whereof, is now upon the Susquehaunah) the Con- 
noyes= & the Oueydes allso ; who are to be met w*!" all about 
30 Miles Above Connestogoa, and if I can ffiud any Inclination 
in them to Suffer us to Seat Peacebly the Remote Parts of the 
fforrest, they may be required to come down for the greater 
Solemnity of the thing, & receive such Bounty, as shall be 
designed the heads of them from our Governm*. Besides, 
upon notice given hereof, a great Man may Possibly come 
from Every Town of the five Nations, who by partakeing 
w"" the Susquehannocks, may add the Greater Security to any 
of our remote Settleml', as well as to all such Undertakeings, 
as shall be thought fitt to be carried on for the Working upon 
Minerall Oar. I have therefore Inclosed a Copy of an old 
Indian Purchase made by the York Goverum', which I take 


to be no other Rule in the Case but to let his L^pp see th' such 
things have been don, and that Success may be Expected 
from it. 

I do Assure you Gen* th' something of this Nature, is very 
necessary to be don ; for now, th' we are about Lycencing our 
Poeple, to make Remote Settlem'J, we must likewise use the 
Proper Measures to protect them ; for the Lands next above 
our Settlem*^ upon the West Side of the Susquehannah, and 
all along upon the West side of Baltemore Co'?', are Cutt off & 
Seperated from the Present Inhabited parts by large Barrens, 
many Miles over ; So th* as yet, the setlers there can expect 
very Little Communication w*!' us ; yet if they should be Cutt 
off & Murthered by the Indians we must Insist upon Satis- 
faction for the security of our p^sent Outer Habitations ; w1^ 
may Involve us in a fatall Warr, But by this Means of Pur- 
chaseing those Indians Rights, we may think our selves pretty 
secure, as well from those Indians themselves, as from any 
strange Indians th' shall traverse those Woods. 

I must farther Add to my former propositions, th* as to the 
Eueouragem' for the Hemp jManufaeture, his L'^pp will ffind 
his Acco*_' in letting his back I^ands very cheap ; tli' is, by 
Enlargeing the Time for makeing good Rights. I send you 
here inclosed an Order in Councill for the Encourag-em* of 
Seating the Lands near the Whorekill. The seating the Re- 
mote Parts of Maryland to the Westward carries a greater 
Appearance of Advantages w*? it, in my Opinion, then the 
other ; for w'.'' out Encouragem' Poeple will not go so far back 
as between Monoccasie & Connatachequa, as you see those 
Creeks Lay'd down upon my ]\Iapp of Potowmack, Where I 
am told is a Vast Quantity of fine Land. But this Eastermost 
Side of the Monockasey, is the ffirst place th' will Naturally 
be planted, and thence up along the Line of 40, if we can but 


secure our Poeple there, & th' by the help of an lustrum' we 
Can but ffind where or near About the place where th* Line of 
40 Lyeth. But from the Heads of Patapsco, Gunpowder, & 
Bush Rivers, over to Monockasey, is a Vast Body of Barrens ; 
th' is, what is called so, because there is no wood upon it ; be- 
sides Vast Quantitys of Bockey Barrens. If this Place were 
well Seated, it would be a good Barrier unto the Province on 
th' Side, & doubt not, but that it would in a few years, bring 
on the Planting of th! other Vast Body of Rich Lands, th' lyes 
something more to the West-ward ; and would likewise secure 
our Countrey ag! the Claime of the Pensilvanians on the North 
side ; for we are allready Seated to the Northward of th! Line, 
w*? I lay down for the true Location of Pensilvania upon the 
Back of the 12 Mile Circle, as they have encroached upon us 
to the Southward of th' Line about Octeraro, & to the East- 
ward of it, w"^ seems to be occationed by our own too great 
Supiness ; & makes me so desirous now, of Seating farther up 
the Susquehannah ; and if his L^pp should be pleased to grant 
7 or rather 10 years Time for the Payment of the ffines for 
Lands in those remote parts ; he will, I verily am p^'swaded, 
have his back part of his Countrey Seated, by more than 10 
years the sooner, & would be a good barrier not only against 
the Indians, but the ifrench & Spaniards allso in Case of any 
Rupture w*? those Crowns ; for if any Mines of Value should 
hereafter be Opened w'Mn his L^pps Province, the Spaniards 
may renew their Claimes ; or the ffrench Attack us on th' Side ; 
w"*" Can only be prevented, by the Well setling of those parts ; 
for the Lenght of Time, for the makeing good Rights, will 
make the Poeple the Easier in the Laying an Obligation on 
them of Planting their 300 A" w'Mn 2 years after the Return 
of the Survey ; w"} will be more to his L'^pp^ Interest, than a 
Longer Time, or the Lands to be ffree for any other Person. 


But to return unto his Li^EF ; in Case the Rights be not made 
good w'Mn the 7 or 10 years proposed, this may seem to keep 
his L'^pp, for some Time out of his money ; no Gen', this will 
Eifectually bring Money & Rents too into his L'^L"' Pockett ; 
for Lands wi*" other wise would lye AVaste, and his Countrey 
Unguarded ; for I am told allso, that some of the Ledges of 
Mountaines to the Westward are Steep, Craggy, and Unpassa- 
ble allso, Except at some particular Defiles w!!" may easily be 
Guarded. But of this, if I live Another Suiner, I will be 
able to give his L^pp a better Acco"; nor is it proposed but 
th* such as take Up large Tracts should make good Bights, as 
in other Places. 

There are other Advantages, th* will Accrue from Setling 
the Remoter Parts of the Province, by Conditional Warr*J as 
above proposed : the Seotts Irish, & Palatines, after the news 
of so great Concessions, will I imagine fflock apace in, & Even 
some from Pensilvania it Self; & I beleive allso th' his L^pp, 
w%ut any Discouragement to the Setling of those parts, may 
restrain such Conditionall Warr'i in the Case of Mines, as he 
doth in his Leases of Talbotts Mannor, & seems to be Neces- 
sary to be don, in Case of Leaseing his other Mannor allso ; 
especially those of North East and Elk, wi"" must needs be 
a very Advantagious Proposition, in Regard to the Mine 
Undertakeing, & not att all prevent the Planting of the 
Countrey, where Hemp, and not Tob. must be the Employ- 
ment of the Poeple from whence no Tob can be rowled. 

Gen* I was show'd a Letter by ray Bro^ Bennett of Oct' the 
first, wherein I learn, th' the Mine from whence I had the 
Gray Oar sent you p"" Spencer, is seized by the Philadelphians, 
who have Lately, transported many horse load of Oar from it, 
& th* a Compt of Cornish Miners, Employed by S" W"? Keith, 
had Run of it, and say, it is as good Tin as any in Cornwall. 


The Place was unkuowQ unto me, thd the Oar brought to my 
House for Tryall. The same person that wrote the Letter 
about it, told my Broi" Bennett of it & Layd a Warr ' in his 
name of (I hear since, it is 150 AL' only) 200 A? Upon it. 
As soon as I heard of it I layd a Reserve all round it. It is 
as I am told, for I was never at the Place, one Solid Rock ; 
how Deep no Man knows, and of a great Circumference ; but 
be it as it will, the Pensilvaniaus I perceive have taken Pos- 
session of it, and are as that letter farther Adds, building 
Works there. I shall be Able, to Inform you more of it ; p"^ 
Burton, who stays for some New Tob : and Proposses to Sayl 
the Middle of 9t^ 

One thing Gen' lately Occured to me in Conversation, w"? 
highly deserves y! Regards ; it is concerning his L^pps Title 
to the New Connought or Talbotts Mannor. I thought that 
Matter had been out of Dispute, since it was dropped by the 
Com" for forfeited Estates; but I now find a New Title set 
up, and a Descent said to be Cast upon the Heires of Talbott 
himself. This I heard very Dogmatically Asserted and Main- 
tained by M!" James Carroll. I offered some Reasons to the 
Contrary, but ffound him so Warm and Positive upon the 
Matter, that I thought it more prudent to Wave the Discourse 
and turn it upon Another Subject, it being at a Public Table, 
and in a Publick Time ; and at a Victuelling house where 
Conversacons are soon made Publick, & the Least report of 
such a Scruple would defeat all the Endeavours th* Can be 
used, to make Sale or Leasses of th' Manner. 

It is commonly rumoured th' Mf Charles Carroll had Orders 
from his Lordships Grandfather, to sell 10000 A" of that 
Mannor for the Use of MT Talbott ; but I allways took this 
to be of Grace, not of Right, and so it seemed to be ; for the 
Grants issued in his L^pps name to such as were purchasers 


upon th' ffoot. But from whence this New Turn proceeds, I 
cant Imagine ; unless it be to obstruct any thing that may 
be don therein for his Lordships Service, So much of the 
Grounds of this New Started opinion, as I heard was of Col 
Talbott haveing been Convict & Condemned in Virg! could 
not forfeit his Estate in Maryland. 

This Case of Col Talbotts, I must confess is something par- 
ticular. He Committed the Murther in Maryland and was 
Convict thereof in Another Governm* ; but this should not by 
any Means destroy the Sovereign Right of my L^ prop!" The 
surreudring the Person of Col Talbott to be tryed in Virg?:, 
was a Matter of Necessity : he had broke Prison and made his 
Escape from th' Place ; and the Kings Govern' there Required 
him of the Dep'-^ Govern!" of Maryland, as a Comander of a 
Royall Vessell in w"? the Murther was Committed, had before 
Conveyed him there. 

But the iforfeituro arose from the Murther, & the Murther 
was Comitted in Maryland. Shall my L* therefore loose his 
Escheat? or if my L'? shall not have it, on whom shall the 
Escheat fix? If on the king, will th' be Consistent to my 
L"!.^ Charter ? if not upon the King, nor upon my L^ on who 
then shall it fix? or is it agreeable to our Constitution th' 
ifellony of Murther should be Exempted from any forfeiture 
at all ? the Gen* Remember said th' a Person Convict of any 
Capital Crime in England, did not forfeit his Estate in Ireland. 
I am not a Judge, how far th' Gen" knowledge, in Law may 
Pass ; but I can see a Vast Distinction between the Case of a 
Gen* comitting any Offence in England, & being Convict & 
Condemned for it in Engl^ as to his Estate in Ireland. & a 
gent. Committing an Offence in Ireland, and being Tryed in 
England ; wl'' Comes near to our prsent Case, for the Murther 
of Rousby was a breach of my L^J Peace, from whence the 


Offence Arose ; and the forfeiture was Confirmed by his Con- 
viction. For had the forfeiture Sprung from the Conviction, 
as the source of it, Something might be Argued Subtlely upon 
it in ffavour of the Heire ; but seeing that the Offence was the 
Material Cause of the fforfeiture ; & the Conviction, no more 
than a Medium in the Application of it, most Certainly, the 
forfeiture will fix w*?' the murther ; for upon his Arraignm' the 
Charge to of the Jury was : " if you find him guilty you are 
to Enquire what, goods or Chatties Lands or Tenements, he 
had at the Time of the felony Comitted ; or at any Time since." 
It is no matter where the Conviction was : the Offence was 
Committed in Mary Id ; and from th* moment of Time, the 
forfeiture comenced, of all goods & Chattels Lands and Tenem= 
th' he was there possessed of at that time. 

But however Strange the Gen*J Opinion in Law may be to 
me, yet I Cannot forbear entreating the ffavour of y!" Enquirey, 
& Resolucon thereon ; for any fals steps taken about that Man- 
nor, may be of great prejudice to my L^, especially if any Com- 
pulsion should be used, according to my Gen" Instructions; 
that in Case of Refusall to Submit unto his L^pps Authority, 
his L^pp would direct that the obstinate should be dispossessed. 
I know not how tlie thing comes to be started at this Time ; I 
never heard a Syllable of it before; and will therefore Lodge 
it Among someother Mysterys w":'' Time only must discover 
the meaning of. 

It was w'!' much difficulty th' I prevailed w*?" our Govern^ to 
let the Survey^ of Csecill Co'?' have an Order to run out the 
Northwest Line of Talbotts Mannor. The Want of it when 
he was up in Aug', as I hear, did us a great deal of prejudice. 
He would not then Grant it ; there are persons about him who 
I believe Diss wade from any Steps that way ; and it may be 
are of an opinion too, th' Time may Approve themselves to be 


the fittest Persons to serve his L^pp, in th! Affaire ; but if 
hast be not made in it, the Land will all be taken away, and 
Nothing left to Contend for. But haveing heard from above 
how th' things Avas talked of among the Poeple, upon their 
disapointm' in seeing th* Line Runn, w°'' they had been in 
Expectacon off for allmost a 12 M°, I thought it absolutely 
my Duty to press the Governf home upon it, and shewed him 
the Instructions I had reed thereupon. At length it was 
granted me ; & an order made to the Survey^ who was then in 
Town ; but before I could perswade him to Undertake the 
thing, I oblidged my self, to Endempnifye him and to pay the 
Damage of his Confinement in Case they Carried him prisoner 
to Philadelphia, & he not protected by our Governm! Our 
Credit is very Low th' way, or else I should not have Asumed 
to take the Liberty I had used in my former Letters, I need 
not say any more of it. Our Poeple are Affraid to Serve the 
Govern m' the others see, it & reproach us for it — 

I hear nothing of it as yet ; the Survey! gott up the Bay the 
Beginning of the Month ; if he doth his Duty ; it will in some 
measure raise our Credit, and will Convince the Poeple th' we 
dare Run into Lauds possest by them, in Spight of their 
Guardians & Dep^I Guardians of their marches ; as they Call 
them. But say the Worst of it, & they should Carry our 
Survey! & his Comp^ away, there is no more than the Charge 
of the thing. They have Confessed, it under hand (I have 
seen it from S! W? & lames Logan too) that our Courts in 
America have no jurisdiction of such Tresspasses ; what then 
are we Afraid of? or why should he stand still w^^out the 
Least Struggle for our Proprietor ? whilst the whole Countrey, 
at an Hours Warning, is up in Arms for theirs. It is the 
Rewards and Protection, they meet w'? that puts them upon 
what they do. 


I long to hear what the Survey!" hath don. If they let him 
do his Office, we shall be Assured of that w''^^ I have long 
Suspected, th' they dare not take up his L^pps Offic€r, nor any 
other Marylander, notwithstanding their Repeated threats, So 
far w'^'in his L^pps Province on th' Side, and so far out of their 
own ; for they are not so well protected on this Side, as they 
Suppose they are on th' next to Del Bay ; but if they think 
themselves secure on th* Side, because by an Order in Council 
those Lands are declared to belong to the Crown, tho in preju- 
dice to an Elder Pattent, much more wee, who have the Sup- 
port of the same Order in Councill for the Lands on the side 
now in dispute, in Corroboracon of the Charter of Maryland, 
unto the 40 degree of North Lat. 

Whatever Turn this Affaire may take, I know not; but 
must flFraukly give it as my opinion ; that the Carrying away 
those Poeple to Philadelphia will be of great Service unto his 
L^pp, for they must needs do such things w"" regreat, as know- 
ing the Danger of it ; and if we give them further occations of 
the Like nature, they wont know what to do w'?" our Poeple. 
It must needs end in the Ruine of some of them, whenever the 
Boundary is setled. But besides this, it will be some Awe, or 
Restraint upon their further proceedings ; and will at least, 
give my L^ Baltemore a very good handle to Complain of the 
Abuses don unto the Kings Subjects, his L^pps Tenants many 
Miles on this side the Province of Pensilvauia, where no Magis- 
trate of th' Province nor of the 3 lower Co'Z.', hath any Power 
or Jurisdiction. Such proceedings, whenever his L^pp shall 
be pleased to make use of them, or thinks it a Proper time to 
Assert his Claimes ; must needs tend to his L^I^ very great 

Gen' I send you here Inclosed some Papers, relateing to his 
jjdpps Qiaimes and proceedings. Anno 1683, whereby you will 


perceive, th' my Late L^ Charles, was not Affraid to Assert 
his Right even by force. But as soon as the order in Councill 
was made, I ffind nothing more than that it was Ordered, the 
March ffollowiug, to Maintain the Garrison at Xtina Bridge ; 
for those Lands, being then Adjudged, to be the Riglit of the 
Crown, I beleive my L^ did not much Care for burning his 
ffinger w*?" em, and so remained Quiet ; only the Garrison, was 
kept up & Maintained unto the Revolucon. But my Lf hath 
a better Right now to use force on this Side, than his Grand 
father had in doeing it on Del : side, because the same Order 
th* gave them a Right on Del. Bay side, confirmed his Right 
expressly to the Lands on the Susquehannah Side. I would 
not thrust my self too busily into his L'^E?^ Aifaires, more than 
becomes my Station ; yet Cannot forbear saying th' I think 
Westminster hall is the ffittest place to make out his L*^!!?' Title 
in. Things are so plain on this Side ; nor is all upon Dele- 
ware of Equall Value w'!' what his Li'^l^ will loose by delays 
on the other Side, where the same order in Councill, th' gives 
them a Title to the one, Expressly Confirms the other unto 
his L^pp. 

Their Transactions Seem to be nothing but Cunning and 
Design, backed w'!' fforce. They Insult, we bear it, and thus 
the Wheel goes round ; and thus if we Let them alone they 
will Attatch the whole Countrey, & his L'^I.p be nare the better 
for those Treasures w'^l' nature seems to have Cast into his 
Lapp. The Affaire of the London Comp".' Land of (30000 
A^f I take to be little more then a Trick. The Land may be 
laid out for some body in Trust, who Wait w'.*" Patience, untill 
it can be pluckt away from Maryland. If it had any Right- 
full prop"!^ it is much ; they never Appeared in the Behalf of it. 
So it is of other great Tracts, taken up and held & Possessed 
to my Lti^ great prejudice ; and we only Lookers on, whilst 


they have made use of the best Interest in the Province ; and 
Certainly my L*!" iFriends too ; for otherwise, I know not how 
it could be brought about to support a prevailing Party in 
such a Manner ; among our own Poeple. But our Governf I 
beleive hath seen the Evill of it, & hath removed such as were 
professed Enemys to my L'? 

I hear a great Crye of my L^ & my L^ and Such were 
Enemys to my L"?, but I can see such as have been, & Continued 
to be Enemys to my L^J carest & made Evill Instrum'f of, to 
serve purposses w'^? I am sure th* his L^pp hath neither Incli- 
nacon nor Interests in. Pardon my ffreedom. Gen', it was 
very galling to me, to see his L'^E?^ Authority Contemned, and 
his Magistracy Trampled upon, only as the Means, to dispoyl 
him of his p!perty ; &, yet I had not Interest enough to pre- 
vent it, untill the thing became too notarious. There was a 
Design in it too, that I am Sensible of. But every faithfull 
Serv' should Lay Asside his own Schemes, and forgett his own 
private Resentm'^ whenever his Masters Interest, must Suifer 
thereby. Wl" that all his L'^pps faithfull Serv'.' may make the 
Rule of their Actions, is the Sincere Desire of 


Y! Most Obedient 
Humble Serv* 
Phile Lloyd. 
P: S: 


Please to observe, th' the Inclosed Papers, & Powers to 
Col Talbott, are designed only to prove, th' Untill the order 
in Councill had determined in the Kings ffavour, the Late 
L= Baltemore was no ways Doubtfull of Asserting his Right, 
unto the 40*1' Degree of North Lat., tho he was Cautious of 
being an Aggressor, alltho I ffind by \\ie Inclosed Order of 


Coimcill, on ]\Iarch the 5"^ 1685, that his L^pp after th^ Order 
in England, sent directions for keeping up & Maintaining the 
Garrison at Christina, w''!' was in the very Heart of the 12 
Miles Circle. So should I Advise to Act in all things Cau- 
tiously & to avoid giveing any oifence on th' side ; but to keep 
our own ground, even where the Councill in England hath 
determined ag' my L^ ; but not to be Afraid of Asserting my 
L*^ Rights on the other Side, as you may see by drawing a 
Line, upon the back of the 12 Mile Circle, on the Map sent 
home, more or less Westerly, yet Parallel unto the Meridian 
drawn thro the Centre of New-Castle Town, w"^ is the Separa- 
tion of the tract they pretend unto, if they are tied up to any 
pretentions at all, for instead of an Equal Part of th' Tract, 
they have & Claime more then the whole Istmus of the Pen- 
insula, w'^'' According to M^ James Logan, in his State of the 
Claimes, Appears to be Eifectually made by the Great Branch 
of Elk. & the Bite th' bounds Westerly, just below New Castle 
Town & not above 10 Miles Distance from one Another. But 
should they take it to the Divideing of the whole Tract be- 
tween the Susquehannah and the Delaware, w*? I beleive they 
design th6 asshamed to own it, (for thereby they take it in 
great part of the head of our Bay ; and Abundance of Settlem'^.^ 
of above 50 years standing and some of more then 60. 

Yet Nottingham & Talbotts Mannor, granting them all 
that, will fall w'^'in the Land Adjudged to my L'! Baltemore 
as Comprised w^.'^in his Charter. Shall we then be Afraid to 
Assert my L*!^ Right ; where an order of Councill of Great 
Brittain Strenghtens and Confirms his L'^pps Title by the 

Certainly Gen^ this way of Trifeling gives them Encourage- 
ment. For my Part, I see plainly, if we dont do something 
soon, they will possess themselves of all the Lands, above the 


Octeraro Line. I should be glad they would be Aggressing 
upon us ; but our Poeple are so dispirited, for fear of Wanting 
Protection, th' they will do nothing, nor am I assured, whether 
the Justice of Peace that the GovernT directed to go w'_'' the 
Survey" will Attend it. If not all is Marred Again, for I am 
very Impatient to see what they dare do upon Talbotts Man- 
ner, w*? whether it be my U^! or M^ Talbotts, is yet w'J'in the 
Certain Limitts of Maryland — 

Gen* Y! kind representacon of the Peticon & Case of the 
New Munster Poeple, is Earnestly requested by them & 

Gen* Y! Hum> Serv! 

Phile Lloyd. 


[Aifairs in the Province.] 

Dear Brother. 

By Cap*° Russell in August Last, I wrote to you, and gave 
you some Account of our Assembly proceedings in the pre- 
ceeding month, and sent you also the Printed A-^otes of the 
Session ; I now send you the Journall of the Upper house, the 
perusall whereof, with the said Printed Votes, will sufficiently 
inform you of the particular matters, therein Debated, with the 
mode and Circumstances of their final Issue. 

I think I have little to Add, by way of Supplement to my 
Observations on those particulars, in my last letter. Except 
in one Instance, which the Votes or Journall may not fully 
apprize you of. 


You will find a Bill for the Emission of a Paper Currency 
passed the Lower House, long Debated and much amended in 
the Upper House, and at last upon the Amendments proposed, 
rejected by the Lower House. 

It were Needless as well as tedious, to trouble you with the 
Grounds or reasons for those Amendments insisted on by the 
Upper House and rejected by the Lower ; Since it would of 
Necessity lead rae into the Detail of the Country affairs in 
Generall, as well in relation to the Publick as to the private 
Interests thereof, in Various matters of trade and property, 
the which, not being necessary for the present I shall omit. I 
shall only therefore observe to you, on the first Amendment 
proposed, and which I Insisted on as a Sine qua non, to the 
Bill ; Viz' the s'! Act not to take place untill your pleasure 
therein should be known. This being the Leading Amend- 
ment proposed and known to be insisted on, overset the whole 
Bill ; for while a set of poeple in the Lower House, were 
disputing, or rather Denying your right to Dissent to Laws, 
you may Easily imagine, they would not in the Eyes of their 
Deluded followers, so far weaken their pretention as to admit 
of this Clause, which must appear a tacite Confession of the 
same right they had pretended to Oppose. 

The reasons which Induced me to insist on this Amendm' 
arose : First, from the Consideration of the great importance 
of the Act proposed ; an Importance Indeed I thought too 
great to be Suddenly Carried into Execution, upon the hasty 
or even most Considerate resolutions of as weak Legislators. 

Money, or somewhat to answer its Current Effects in trade, 
is Certainly much wanted here ; wee may Barter between one 
Another our Staple Tobacco, but to Carry on and Inlarge our 
trade Abroad, & to Invite Artificers, Shipwrights &c to settle 
amongst us, another species of Currency in payments, seems 


very desireable. New York, Pennsylvania &c are vastly im- 
proved in foreign Trade, as well as home Manufactures, by a 
Paper Currency ; it is that, in lieu of Specifick Coin, which 
seems, to give life. Expedition, and Ease to trade and Com- 
merce. This has drawn them into Communitys or Towns ; 
thev are daily growing more and more populous, and are Sup- 
posed to Increase as proportionably in Credit and riches. In 
Virginia and Maryland, the Case is much otherwise ; Tobacco, 
is our Staple, is our All, and Indeed leaves no room for any- 
thing Else ; It requires the Attendance of all our hands, and 
Exacts their utmost labour, the whole year round ; it requires 
us to Abhorr Communitys or townships, since a Planter cannot 
Carry on his Aifairs, without Considerable, Elbow room within 
his plantation. When All is done, and our Tobacco sent home, 
it is perchance the most uncertain Commodity that Comes to 
Markett ; and the management of it there is of such a nature 
and method, that it seems to be of all other, most lyable and 
Subject to frauds, in prejudice to the poor Planters. Tobacco 
Merchants, who deal in Consignments, get great Estates, run 
no risque, and Labour only with the pen ; the Planter can 
scarce get a living. Runs all the risques attendant upon trade, 
both as to his negroes and Tobacco, and must work in variety 
of Labour. I write not this in malicious Envy to the Merch*!, 
nor do I wish them less success in business ; but I heartily 
wash the Planters Lay was better. When our Tobacco then 
is Sold at home, whatever is the product of it returns not to 
us in Money, but is either converted into Apparell, Tools or 
other Conveniencies of life, or Else remains there, as it were 
Dead to us ; for where the Staple of a Countrey, upon forreign 
Sale, yeilds no return of Money, to Circulate in such a Country, 
the want of such Circulation must leave it almost Inanimate ; 
it is like a Dead Palsie on the publick, Since it can never 


Exert its members or faculties in the pursuit of trade and 
Commerce. An increasing Country and growing people, as 
this is, and a Staple, at best Uncertain, but of late visibly de- 
clining in Value, as Tobacco is, wishes the people here to look 
about, and Enlarge their foundation in trade, to the which 
money or some Currency, which may answer the same uses, is 
necessary, and the Expedient to such End, is a Paper Currency 
as proposed in the Act. I herewith send you a Copy of the 
s'! Bill, as it Came up from the Lower House ; the Votes and 
Journall will show you the Amendml' proposed by the Upper 
House with which, the Bill would generally have pleased here. 
I should be Very Glad to have the Bill Consider'd of in 
England, and to know yT thoughts upon it, which would be 
Very Acceptable to many here. For the people are impatient 
for some such kind of Relief in their Circumstances, and, I 
Dare not Venture to pass any such Law here without Even the 
Consent of the Crown, for an Instruction of the Late Kings 
Dated the 31'_' of Aug : 1724, It seems to require that no Law 
of an unusuall or Extraordinary nature should be passed here 
untill his INIajesties pleasure was therein known, whereunto 
referaence may easily be had in Councill or Board of Trade 
Office. This was Indeed the main reason, for my insisting 
on the first Amendm' before mentioned, for referring it, untill 
your pleasure should be therein known. I was Confidant that 
would answer the Royall Instruction, being secure, that you 
would never send in an Assent on your part, untill you were 
Assured in form of the Crowns ; which by the s^ Instruction 
seemed previously necessary. Having observed thus far on 
the s'? Bill, it is submitted to your Consideration at Home. I 
am Utterly Incapable of Advising in things of this nature, 
the beginning whereof is obvious to the meanest Conception, 
the Consequences of it in futuro, can only be Guess'd at 


and provided for, by such as are more Conversant in matters 
of that nature. 

I shall now trouble you with a Word or two, upon the 
General situation of Aifairs in Government, that I may re- 
ceive your Advices and Instructions in the fullest manner ; 
and I think, by taking a View of the relation the people bear 
to you and you to them, in the points of Interest, I shall best 
Explain myself to you ; You are their Proprietary of the Soil, 
and as such, the people from time to time owe you and may 
be Compelled to pay you Rents and fines ; you and they have 
for some years past compounded for their Value another Way. 
The people, grow Jealous, that you have too good a Bargain ; 
you on the other Side, have been I believe informed that the 
Amount of y^ Rent Roll, exceeds vastly, the Equivalent you 
Accept of. I must deal so Candidly, as to give my Opinion, 
that their seems Error in Computation on Both sides. It is 
Certain the people Could no ways so Easily, so insensibly pay 
their Rents as by this method now they are in. The Poor 
and Orphans, scarce bear any share in the present payments. 
The Husbandmen, from the Produce in Stock and Tillage pay 
nothing, which is a great Incouragemeut to Husbandry, so 
necessary and beneficial to a Young Country. In short the 
traders who purchase Tobacco, bear the greatest share, from 
the Shoulders of the planter ; and yet it is as nothing to such 
trader ; for as M' Bennett, a great and knowing trader here 
Observes, the trader gets as much for his goods as he Can, in 
Tobacco, having Allways the whip hand of the Planters neces- 
sitys for Cloaths and Tools ; and when people are aiming at 
getting such Advances on their goods, as from 100 to 200 
p^ Cent, the Value of 2! p! Hogshead Duty is scarce Calcu- 
lated or even thought of. Thus in Generall is the Composition 
easy and almost Insensible to the people. 


To you I think it of a like Nature, since first the payments 
are regular and good, with the least trouble so much money 
Can be Collected with. I Do not believe your Rent Roll, can 
amount to above 6000 p! Ann. which Could it be Collected, 
great Defalcations must be allowed for Charges and Losses in 
the Collection, It would be allmost impracticable to get Bills 
of Exchange for a regular remittance of the produce ; if they 
could be got, it Could not be under less than 8 or 10 p5 Cent 

The Philadelphians frequently are obliged to give near that 
premium for Bills ; and the greater the Demand for Bills 
would grow, the Higher Premium would be Exacted. But 
alass, they Cannot be Collected, there is not money enough here 
to be got to make regular payments from time to time, So that 
your officers must take Corn, Wheat, Beef, Pork, Tobacco or 
some Commodity of the Country, the Conversion whereof into 
money, and from money into Bills, must be a Vexatious, Ex- 
pensive, and allmost an Endless an Insuperable task. I shall 
say no more at present, but pray for the Continuance of the 

The next Concern you and the people in point of money 
Interest are Engaged in, is the 15 pence for the Support of 
Government. The people are but too sensibly apprized, that 
that support is in their own free Choice, to the which you 
Cannot oblige them. 

And surely it is the greatest Advantage that can be had 
over a Government, and things can never go well in the 
plantations whilst the Planters are so generally proud, petu- 
lant and Ignorant, and have the Common necessary Support 
of Government so much under their thumb. 

This Superiority, as I may term it, of the people over the 
Government, seems Unaturall, and is I am sure repugnant to 


the very Ends for which Government was Instituted, viz. an 
Authoritative Influence for the good order of Society. 

I am in hopes that the present Contest on this Subject with 
relation to New England, will so far be Determined next 
Session of Parliament, as to Vindicate the rights of Govern- 
ment in Generall, and awe such as have not yet, th6 they 
may be ready to play the New England Game. It would be 
Extreamly happy for your Ease and Quiet, should the Parlia- 
ment in some Vote or Law include all the Governments in 
the Plantations so far as to provide an Establishm? Certain 
for the Support of the several Governments. As I know not 
here how aifairs of that nature do or may stand at home, I 
shall give you a short sketch of the footings on which the 
Support of Government hath hitherto stood in this Province ; 
Lord Csecilius, had 12 pence pf Hgd. During Life; our 
Grandfather, Lord Charles, had the same, with the Additional 
Extension for and during the life of his Eldest son Ceecilius 
in case he survived him. Viz. for their two successive Lives. 
After the Revolution, when the Crown assumed the Governm', 
the 12 pence p! Hgd for Support of Government was by Act 
of Assembly taken away from our Grandfather, and Vested 
in the Crown for that use for Ever. This was in 1692, Gov! 
Copley's Time. After Various revisals and renewments of 
the Laws by Orders of the Crown, I find in Gov! Seymours 
time. Viz. in Sept, 1704 was Enacted An Act, Entituled, 

An Ad for Settlement of an Annucdl Revenue on her Majes- 
ties Governour within this Province for the time being — 

Whereas by An Act of Assembly &c formerly made &c., 
and so recites the Act for settling 2' p! Hgd. on the Lord 
Proprietary, A^iz 1^ for acceptation of Rents in Tobacco at 2 
pence p! pound, and V. p!" Hgd. for the Support of his Gov- 
ernment &c. By this Act, as the Government was out of his 


Lordships hands, they Settle the s^ 1' p' Hgd. (before Settled 
and Intended for the support of Government) for the future 
to be levied and paid unto the Queen her heirs and Successors 
for the support of her Government, for the time being in and 
over this Province. 

This Law amongst many others, was in April 1715 whilst 
M' Hart acted under the Crown, revised and reenacted. By 
all this you will perceive that the Proprietarys had at least 
for life the 1' p^ Hgd for the Support of Government, and the 
Crown had a Settlement therein for Ever. 

I now Come to the restoration of the Government to the 
Proprietary. Our fathers time was so short as not to Afford 
any transactions of this Kind. When it Devolved on you, 
the Countrey found themselves engaged to pay their rents in 
Money according to the Patents, for the V. p^ Hgd. premium 
for Acceptance of Rents in Tobacco at 2 pence p' pound, de- 
termined with our Grandfathers life. Therefore you and the 
Country negociated the Agreement which hitherto from time 
to time hath been renewed. Viz. 2' pi" Hgd. in full lieu of all 
Rents and fines. This being to be Confirmed and Established 
by Law, the Assembly Collected the Severall Imposts on To- 
bacco into one Law, and so by one United Act Settled the 
2' for Rents and fines ; the former V. for support of Governm' 
to wl*" (having enlarged the Guage and Tare of Hogsheads) 
they Added 3 pence more, Viz! 15 pence in the whole. Now 
as herein was the Composition for yT Rents, L'? Guilford doubt- 
less thought it not proper to Confirm such Agreement for a 
longer time than your minority, that when you Came of Age, 
you might remain at full and Unquestionable Liberty to Con- 
tinue, alter, or totally Dissolve such a Composition. There- 
fore was the Law made pro tempore only. By it, the Revenue 
for the Support of Government, which used to be for longer 


Continuance as above related, became as temporary as the 
Composition for Rents. An Error, whether Designd or not 
by the then Assembly, very mischievous in its Consequences 
to you at present. 

How this Inconvenience can now be avoided, is worth 
Consideration ; and I wish it may be found practicable. The 
reason of a more certain settlement of the Support of Govern- 
ment, is in the sense of all Sober people, confessedly with us, 
and the rule and Custom all along in this province seem to 
Evince it ; but I fear little dependance is to be had, on the 
operation such reason may have in the minds of the Malevolent. 
But at all Adventures, I would recommend the taking the best 
advices how it might behove us to proceed in Case of a refusal 
to Support the Government as usuall. How far, and wherein, 
the long Custom of 1! at the least f)r that Support, may 
Countenance a Constant demand of the like for the future. 
Whether any, and what use may be made in your favour of 
that Act of 1704, Settling 1! on the Queen Her Heirs and 
Successors for the Support of Her Government for the time 
being in this Province, whether by the Devolution of the 
Government to you, with other Rights and Adjuncts of Gov- 
ernment, that 1' may in any Legal Sense be deemed to have 
Devolved to you, or be invested in you to and for the same 
Purposes. These Enquiries, may amount to a good precaution 
against all Events. 

The next matter wherein the Interest of Proprietary and 
people, may seem to meet, or have any referrence to each 
other, is the Settlement and rights of the Severall Offices in 
Government. Long hath been the Contest about Officers 
Fees, which doth now so far aifect your interest in your 
Officers that Since y!" Dissent to the Regulation made in 1725 ; 
the Officers are without an Execution for their fees, which 


makes them very ill paid, to the no small loss of the Officers, 
but really to a Disrepution and disreguard of their Offices ; 
since every Insolent fellow thinks himself free to refuse -paym* ; 
and Brow beat, as it were, the Officers. And is besides a 
Continuall Bone of Contention, and a Specious Handle to 
amuse the Ignorant. It is too true that by the same reason 
an Abatement was made in 1725; they may Every three 
years Exact a farther Abatement, untill the Officers should 
by such repeated Abatem'.' be reduced to the mean wages of 
the Commonest writing Clerks. For my part I should Im- 
agine fees to be Due by Originall Right without an Establishm^ 
by Law ; and it is remarkable that the severall Laws made 
here relating to fees, have been stiled Acts for the Limitation 
of Officers fees, and not for the giving or Granting them. 
How far reasonable or unreasonable the Regulation of 1719, 
the last you Agreed to, may be, I shall not enter into, being 
to be thought a party Concerned ; but as Even that Regu- 
lation, is a clipment from the Law of 1704, and that from one 
before that &c, I would deduce this reasoning, that if the fees 
twenty or thirty years agoe were not thought unreasonable, 
the Law of 1719, which reduces them to much less cannot I 
think be Deemed so, since the Country is doubtless much 
more able to Support Offices now, than in those Days. I 
shall now Beg the Liberty to recommend some Queries to be 
Advised on ; — 

1. Whether you have by the rights of your Charter 
Power to Establish fees, where there is no Law to Ascertain 
or Limit them. 

2*1^ If you have such a Power, in what manner may they 
be best regulated by such Power ; and How can you Enable 
the Officers to Exact such fees EiFectually ? 


S^^7 If your Charter may not warrant such a Power, whither 
must the officers resort to, for a Settlement thereof certain and 
secure on the Assemblys refusall to confirm to them such fees, 
as they have hitherto Enjoy'd ; or what Course can the Officers 
take to recover their fees ? 

^thiy ^liether, whilst there is no Law here for fees nor any 
other Certain Establishm' the Officers may not recover fees at 
Law According as they are settled in the Courts of England, 
by the Very Rule Lay'd down by these people, that the Laws 
of England are to take place, where our own are Silent. 
And in Generall How it may be possible and more Convenient 
to Come to Certainty in this Affair. 

The Consequence of some such Inquirys as these to the 
Honour and quiet of your Government seems very Evident, 
for wee here know not which way to turn ourselves in such 
nice and important matters. Wee can do no more than insist 
on yf regulation of 1719, pursuant to your Instruction ; but 
that will not get us the fees, unless wee can be put into some 
method to Exact them without the help of an Act of Assembly, 
which cannot easily be Obtained. 

I have for this time done with Publick Affairs, wherein if 
I have tired your Patience, tho I hope I have not beyond 
Excuse trespassed on your goodness. 

In your kind Letter of April 3!:' 1729 wherew* you favoured 
me, you order'd me to Acquaint MT Lloyd, to remit to Cap' 
Hyde for y^ use, the Quota out of the Secretary's Office w*? 
M' Lowe used to have. Before I saw MT Lloyd after the 
receipt of yours, I received a Letter from M! Beake wherein 
he Desired me to send him a Copy of the Commission to him 
and Lowe, which is here recorded, Upon perusall whereof (in 
the Copy herein Inclosed) you will find the s*? Office Granted 
to the Survivor of them, which, being a transaction so very 


early iu your minority, I imagined you might possibly have 
forgot when you wrote your letter ; and as Mf Beake by 
Desiring a Copy of the Commission, seems to have that Sur- 
vivorship in View, and doubtless long agoe has apprized you 
of his thoughts that way, if he has that View, I thought it 
most convenient to deferr Speaking to M^ Lloyd, untill I 
should receive yT further Commands therein ; which I will 
answer, will be time Enough for any jiayments he will make 
on that score. I have sent M^ Beake a like Copy of the Com- 
mission, which in Common Civility was not to be refused, and 
Which being publick on record, might Easily have been had 
from any one Else. 

I have heretofore mentioned the necessity of Besurveying 
your Mannors, without which much of them will soon be lost. 
Many daily Incroach on them, and the Evidences that Can 
only prove bounded trees, as daily grow Old and Drop oif. 
Your Orders to your Agent therein will I think be of the 
Utmost Consequence to y! Landed Interest, and not for the 
Above reasons to be Delayd. Your Mannor of Pangayah is 
they say already Swallow'd up, for people pretend, that no 
one knows where to find it. 

Ned Continues very thin, and his Cough and Spitting 
very troublesome. I much fear the Approaching Winter will 
hardly relieve it. The Cold Season is a relief to me. Wee 
have been lately up to Philadelphia on a Visit to Gov!' Gordon, 
where wee were recieved in a particular Handsome manner ; 
but I was Extreamly ill both there and in my whole Journey. 
Since I Came home, I have had a severe flux, but it has 
carried off the Cholick, and with the Sharpness of the weather 
I begin to have a little Apppetite, which for the Summer Six 
Months I was an Utter Stranger to, living that time I think 
in Continued Misery and pain ; but as yet there are few things 
that will stay upon my Stomach. 


I beg leave to remind you of a Matter, which by Ml Lowe's 
Death, possibly you may be a Stranger to : Viz. That after 
the Last hearing before the Attorney and Sollicitor Generall 
about the 3 Lower Counties, a Great many Papers of yours 
relating to that Dispute, were left for their Perusal and per- 
haps may still be there. 

Pursuant to your last powers given me I have Sworn Col. 
Rider of the Councill, who I hope will give Satisfaction. I 
shall to the Utmost of my power recommend such to that 
Board, as will be of most Credit and' use to it, and follow 
your Advices thereto, as Close as possible ; but believe me, 
such men as ought to be Chosen, are not Easily got, and few 
men Care for an Empty Honour attended with trouble Mdth- 
out some recompense. 

There is not places in the Government Sufficient for all, 
and the Country refuse still to pay them Even for Attendance 
when Necessary. 

It is in Vain now to Expect to gain the Country to do it ; 
they say the 15 pence p! Hdg for the Support of Government, 
raises such a Considerable Sum more than the Salary Settled 
on the Gov!", that you ought to pay y' Councill out of it, if 
you think they Deserve any reward for their Attendance ; and 
this is preached with the more Spiteful View that the Coun- 
cill should think themselves Slighted by you, whilst you 
refuse to pay them for Attendance. They farther urge, that 
the Councill in Virginia is paid by the Crown out of the 
Revenue for the Support of Government, and that the Reve- 
nue raised here for Support of Governm' is greater than 
Ever it was before y^ time. As to this Last Assertion, 
it is true, that the Additional 3 pence for the support of 
Government, is more than Equivalent for the Increase in 
the Gauge of Hgds. 


I hope D! Brother yon will favourably Accept this rough 
Draught of y!" Publick Aifairs ; of y! Private Interest you 
will I suppose hear from others. My Weaknesses I doubt 
are many, but yet, sure I am, they cannot outnumber my 
Affections to your Service ; For I am Most Sincerely and 
Entirely Devoted to you as becometh 
Dearest Brother 

Your most Affectionate Brother 
Annapolis and most Obliged Servant 

Oct. 26"\ 1729 Ben".' Leon" Calvert. 


[Affairs in the Province.] 
My Lord 

In my last I gave your Lordship an ace' of our putting 

into Falmouth, w"? place we left the 5* of October, and landed 

here the 2^ of Dec! after a very ruff passage, the particulars 

of which however I will not trouble your Lordship with, 

knowing very well that you Saylors only laugh at the misery 

poor people suffer on these occasions. Your Brother received 

me very Civily, and I did every thing as I thought it would 

be most agreable to him, so that I beleive we acted in every 

Respect as you intended we should ; but after two or three 

days when I desired to talk a little more freely with him 

about governing the Province to your Lord'?^ advantage, I 

found him a little more reserved than I could have wished 

him to be, which I can hardly think could proceed from his 

natural Temper, if it was not for the extream bad State of 


health he enjoys, which is much worse than I imagined, and 
which I beleive has not been mended very much by the help 
of Physick, which he takes more of than any one I ever knew 
in my life ; and in those few things he did mention to me 
I found his Sentiments as different from your Lordships as 
M'hite & black, which you will find when you see him. He 
expressed a good deal of concern at the want of courage which 
the Council shewed upon several occasions upon which I told 
him that as it was for your Lordl^ Interest I hoped he would 
let me know which of them had failed him. He said he 
could not tax any of them with infidelity, but that honest 
men might differ in opinion, and that some had not so much 
courage as others, with some other things of this nature ; I 
then desired him to let me know which of them had shewn 
this want of courage which had given him so much disturb- 
ance, upon which he told me plainly it was impossible to get 
a Council in Maryland to act as they ought to do, which was 
all I could get out of him on this head. At the same time 
he gave me such a terrible ace' of the Assembly that all things 
put together were enough to frighten a man out of his wits ; 
and indeed I beleive as he himself says, a great deal of his 
Sickness has been owing to the harsh usage the Country has 
given him. As the country has certainly entertained strange 
& unreasonable jealousies and prejudices against your Lord- 
ships Government, and is as hot as possible about the English 
Statutes, and the Judges Oath, I make no doubt of being 
furiously attacked on this head ; however let the worst that 
can be happen you may depend upon my punctualy observing 
your orders, and I hope in the main I shall be able to act both 
to your Lordl^ Satisfaction & Advantage, tho I must own to 
you freely I think it would puzzle the best Capacity in the 
world to doe one half of what is wanting for your Lordships 


Service for besides the encroachments of the Pens several peo- 
ple have set down upon your lands without any warrant for so 
doing, your raannors have been very much abused without the 
Tenants paying your dues ; your offices in so much contempt 
that they dont receive half their fees, and indeed some of them 
are merely nominal without any manner of profit ; and what is 
of worse consequence as I am informed the right your Secre- 
tary has of naming the Clerks of Counties at his pleasure, 
has not only been disputed but carried against him, and 
acquiesced in ever since Bodelys time to the great lessening 
of your Lordships power, as you may easily judge ; so con- 
sidering all these things I realy think other people dont want 
your offices more than you want able men to raise them to 
their due value. Coll Mackall the late Speaker of the As- 
sembly and the Rest of the Justices of Calvert County had 
all refused to take the judges oath, so I found that County 
in the utmost confusion at my landing which obliged me 
immediately to Issue out a new Commission to others which 
has had the effect we intended, all of them having taken the 
Oath. I have alsoe by the Advice of the Council eall'd a 
new Assembly for the latter end of Feb'"^, tho we dont intend 
to proceed to business till July. Both your Bro & M^ Llord 
talked exceedingly against any manner of agreement with 
the Pens, it being very easy as they say to have full Justice 
of them by law, in which, notwithstanding all they said, I 
think they had no reason to be so sanguine, considering the 
surprising encroachments they have made upon you for some 
time past, several hundred of your Tenants as I am informed, 
having within these few years, gone over to them. How- 
ever tho I could not agree to most of what they said, there 
is one thing so very material I thought myself obliged to 
give you notice of it ; M" Llord says the Line that makes 


the Taugent to the Circle about Newcastle will cut some of 
the Rivers in the Bay, particularly Sassafras Kiver, and that 
the very Circle will cut the head of Elk River by which 
they will have a free communication with the Bay, which 
is a thing of such consequence that if you have not yet signed 
your agreement I hope you will think it proper to insert a 
clause particularly to prevent any thing of this kind ; if you 
have Signed, as I know both your intentions, we must try 
to mend the letter of your Treaty by the spirit of it, if 
there should be occasion, as there will be room enough to 
do in the execution of matters in which there must of course 
occur many difficulties ; and indeed by what I have heard 
since 1 came here "I begin to think that reasonable men 
appointed Commissioners on both sides, might settle the 
Bounds better by having some regard to the present pos- 
sessions than by striking too closely to the streight line which 
may perhaps make greater alterations than can be at present 
foreseen ; but as one can only make conjectures about this 
aifair for want of a good map of the country, I must leave 
you to judge of the reasonableness of what I offer. All this 
regards only the Lower Counties, for your streight line that 
fixes your Northern Bounds I think can have no objection 
to it. The Pens encroaching so much upon you as I am 
informed has encouraged the Virginians on the Eastern Shore 
to make some attempts of the like nature ; and some of your 
Land about the upper part of Patowmock is likewise in some 
danger all which matters I will take care to look to in time, 
and in every thing else will use all the dilligence & care I 
am capable of. I cant promise to do every thing to your 
Lords^^ Content, but this I am sure of, that no body in the 
world can set about yoiu- Service with more Zeal & true 
Concern for your prosperity than I shall do, so that I hope 


at least you will be perfectly satisfied with the sincerity of my 
intentious. As I know your Brothers sentiments in many 
transactions for the future will be very different from mine, 
& many people ready to represent things to my disadvantage 
without many to speak in my favour, I must here once for 
all beg the favour of your Lordship not to condemn my 
conduct absolutely in any thing till you have told me what 
you think wrong, and have received my explanation of the 
matter, which I shall always give you honestly & plainly. 
I dont know whether Charles Calvert and I will always 
agree in our sentiments but at present we are upon very 
good terms together, and I realy beleive he will act very 
honestly & sincerely for your Lordships Interest. As to his 
own aifairs I take him to be none of the best managers, 
no more than of his constitution w"'' is in a very bad con- 
dition. I have with every body else endeavoured to carry 
myself as evenly & civily as possible without showing the 
least disregard to any set of people whatsoever w4iieh your 
Bro!' would have had me do ; which Advice I thank God 
I had the Grace to resist, beleiving firmly that it is for your 
Lordl^ interest to leave room for ev^ery body to offer their 
Service to you that are able to assist you, and I find plainly 
that nothing in the world has hurt your interest more than 
your Governours declaring open enmity to such men as 
Bodeley & Delany who were capable of doing you either 
a great deal of good or harm and trusting your affairs to 
such as could not possibly do much one way or other. One 
particular gentleman I find has given a good deal of offence 
to the Country by having too many places given him. I 
mean Mf Ross who I find was recommended by your Lord- 
ship for Clerk of the Council, but as he has I think four 
others besides that, it is very probably more than your Lord- 


ship intended for him, and I must say more than is for your 
Lordships Interest ; for I think the places you have ought to 
be managed as mftch as possible not only to keep up your 
interest with the Country Gentry, but likewise be given to 
such people as are capable of serving you well in their par- 
ticular posts, which is as good a way as I know to retreive 
your Lordships affairs in several points when they have been 
but too much neglected ; but as I dont know what particular 
Regard you may have for this Gentleman, I shall do nothing 
till I hear from your LordsE As to People that may apply to 
you hereafter for any places here I hope you will not think it 
proper to give them any encouragement, it not being at all for 
your Interest to send over such sort of Gentry, which we are 
in no want of already ; tho it will be much to your Lordsp! 
Advantage as well as your Tenants in General, if we can 
contrive any way to increase the number of your laborious 
common people. M"" Eyons who was recommended to you by 
My Rawlinson is exactly such a one as your Lords!" guessed 
him to be ; he talks a great deal of husbandry and improving 
Land, and at the same time is perfectly indolent and incapable 
of serving either himself or family any other way than by 
accepting a good place, which I am sure is not my power to 
give him without acting contrary to your Lords^^ Interest. 
If he had half the Industry he talks of lie might do very 
well upon some of your Lords^' mannors where there is room 
enough for a Tenant to live very well and pay the small Rent 
due to your Lordsp Here I must put your Lords! in mind to 
give Coll Ward some directions which he says he wants about 
Arundal Mannor, having it seems had formerly some different 
orders relating to that from the others. I have received your 
Lords'^" Madera wine ; two of the Pipes were so much damaged 
that they leeked out near a hogshead & a half which I am the 


less troubled at because the Avine proves exceeding good. I 
have taken the best of them, cased it very well, and put it on 
board Cap' Wats for your Lords^. As it is excellent wine of 
the Sort if it should not prove to your tast it will be hardly 
worth your while to have any more; but if you like the sort 
of wine I shall be always able to let you have a Pipe of 
right old wine, intending allways to keep up my stock now 
I have so good a foundation, I must therefore beg the 
favour of you when you see M! Hyde to direct him by the 
first opportunity of a ship that touches at Madera to order 
me a couple of Pipes of the very best the Island affords. 

When I am thorougly settled I hope to keep all accounts 
very clear \vith your Lords? ; but for the first year being 
obliged to have every thing at the worst hand, I shall be kept 
poor in spite of my teeth ; therefore hope you will not think 
me long in coming to an ace' with you for your Wine & other 
matters : I must likewise beg the favour of you to let Coll 
Ward know when my Sallary commences, which I suppose 
you intended should be from the date of my commission ; 
however as this depends wholy upon yourself we have noth- 
ing to do but to acquiesce in your directions. As I dont 
intend to live extravagantly so I'me sure I dont love money 
enough to keep me from any expence that I think necessary 
for your Lordships Service & my own Credit, and I am sure 
you cant be served well unless your Governour lives some- 
thing like one; therefore as I shall not have the Talent of 
laying up money very fast, if a Pleuretick feaver, or any 
other curst acute distemper which a great change of climate 
makes people subject to, should cut me oif suddenly leaving 
my small Finances in very great disorder, I hope you'^ have 
the goodness to shew my Bro" Luke what favour you can 
conveniently. This Request I earnestly make to you in case 


I should have a call to the other world, tho I cant help flat- 
tering ravself that I shall stay some reasonable time longer in 
this, the country in the main being very healthfull, tho the 
distempers that happen to take oif people are very quick in 
their operation. I please my self very much with the hopes 
of hearing very soon of your getting a son & heir. However 
not to trouble your Lordship with any formal compliments 
upon this head, I shall only beg the favour to present my 
humble Service to Lady Baltemore who I hope will increase 
your family very much, and to be so kind to give me early 
intelligence of whatever happens to your Lordships Satisfac- 
tion & advantage which will always give me as much pleasure 
as if it happened to myself: being with great truth & sincerity 

Your Lordships 
Most devoted & most humble 
Annapolis Jan7 the lO'H 173L Sam: Ogle 


[Affairs in the Province.] 
My Lord, 

Being to set out for Newcastle in a day or two I have left 
this packet ready for Cap' Hoxton whom we expect will Sail 
before our Return. The inclosed Address to M"" Penn, as 
your Lordship may see by the date, was made before your 
Lordsl' jorney to Burlington, but did not come to the knowl- 
edge of any body here till very lately. What Policy they 
had in it I shall not take upon me to determine, but I cant 
help being pleased with one thing, which is that M"" Penn 


in his answer does not seem to rely very much upon a Spe- 
cifick performance of the Articles, but only says if the ex- 
ecution of the Articles cant be effected, he has no reason to 
doubt but the Equity of their cause and common Justice will 
compel a division at least as advantageous as that directed 
by the Agreement. This compelled Division I long for very 
heartily, and hope it will be another sort of a one than what 
they desire ; but however matters may go to your Lordst^ 
liking or otherwise, I hope you will be so kind to give us 
the earliest advices of every thing that we may be able to 
do our best for your Lordsl'* Interest. The inclosed Queries 
to S! E^ Northey are what M' Carrol says were ordered by 
your Grandfather to be laid before him ; but I cant help 
thinking that I never knew any body present a case to their 
Lawyer drawn up more to their own disadvantage, for in the 
first Query, the two most material points are left out ; one 
is that the words more or less are explained in the conditions 
of plantation to be ten "■§ cent ; and the other which must 
prevail in any Court of Equity is, that if a less quantity of 
Land happens to be Included in the Survey than the warrant 
directs, the deficiency is always made good by your Office. 
These are points too material to have been omitted therefore 
I hope your Lords!! will think it worth your while to have 
the case truely stated and the opinion of some good Lawyers 
sent over to us, since S! Edw"? Xortheys opinion is much made 
use oif upon this occasion. The other point in relation to 
a Reentry for non payment of Rent seems to be given up 
by your LordsP_^ altering the form of your Patents ; however 
there can be no harm in having the best advice concerning 
it. Your Lords! knows very well there must of course be 
great complaints & grumlings amongst people who used to 
hold their land for nothing & do with your Mannors what 


they pleased ; however I assure your LordsE I shall go ou to 
do exact justice between your Lords! & your Tenants with- 
out the least Regard to what any of them may say or think 
about it ; which I hope will bring your Estate to such an 
Income as will shew my gratitude to your Lord!! for all your 
favours better than can be expressed by words. M^ I^iggs 
& his friends have agreed upon the Terms of Farming P : 
Georges, Charles & S' Marys Countys, and Mf Chew & his 
Son in Law, Thomas, have agreed to the Terms for Ann 
Arundal & Baltemore Countys, and we are going on as fast 
as we can about the Rest, as likewise the Mannors ; but the 
dilitariness of peoples proceedings in general is so great that 
it is impossible to do business so quick as could be wished ; 
but I am sure nothing shall be wanting on my part, and I 
can very truely assure your Lords! that I have ten times the 
trouble about these things that I have about all other matters 
whatsoever. As to what relates to Governm' we shall follow 
closely your Lordsps Sentiments in every thing as far as we 
can remember them, and dont at all doubt that we shall meet 
with your Lords!" Approbation, I have nothing new to ac- 
quaint your Lords! with upon this head only that the putting 
the Council at the head of all the County Commissions oc- 
casions great speculation amongst our Patriotic Politicians, 
and two or three of our Cheif Justices have refused to Qualifie, 
tho' they will not own this to be the occasion of it. 

The Assembly of Phyladelphia is just broke up in the most 
confused manner that can be : the house in general doubted 
much if the Powers of Governm' were legaly in M"" Gordon, 
therefore resolved to make no laws whatsoever ; but designing 
to be very moderate and as they thought prudent, they voted 
M' Gordon his usual support, which they sent him an Ace' 
oif by four of their members, at the same time acquainting 


him in a private manner with the reasons of the house being 
determined to adjourn themselves ; which was in short that 
they wanted satisfaction about this Commission. The old 
Gentleman, as the Pensylvanians say, having got his years 
support in his hand, used them haughtily with many bluster- 
ing expressions and contrary to the Advice of many if not 
all of his friends, sent a message to the house by Charles 
touching the unreasonableness of their breaking up without 
any occasion when so many laws were necessary to be made for 
the good of the Country. This message put the mild people 
of the Lord in great wrath & Anger but some of the most 
moderate ones representing to them that an Entire breach 
with the Gov"" might at this time have fatal consequences, they 
brought them to this moderate answer to the Govl^ message 
that they would not at present enter into the particular reasons 
of their adjourning themselves because they must of course 
be very disagreable to him ; however they could not help ac- 
quainting him that his message was very unseasonable : upon 
which they immediately adjourned themselves. As these Godly 
unforgiving people are mightily incensed against MT Gordon, 
and what is worse, have his annual support in their power, I 
fear his time for the future will be but indiiferent amongst 
them. Poor Lawson died a few days ago_, which gives me 
a great deal of concern as he was a very usefull man in his 
office ; so that I cant but think his death is a real loss to your 
Lords? He is succeeded by one Bedoe who has been a Clerk 
in the office for many years. 

Macnamara is now Deputy Collector to Rousby in his room. 
Rousby is in a very bad way, drinking by fits as hard as ever, 
so that it is very well worth your Lordsps while to have an 
eye to that place. Before your Lords? receives this I hope we 
shall hear of your Safe arrival in England after such a pros- 


perous voyage as may reasonably be hoped for at this time 

of the year, if your Lords! met with the least sort of distress 

I hope it will determine you to bid adieu to the Sea for ever 

which is the Sincere prayer of 

My Lord, 

your Lordships 

most faithfull & 

most humble Servant, 

Annapolis, Aug. 25"' 1 733 Sam : Ogle 


[Affairs in the Province. A Comet.] 

Annapolis Jan7 221 1743-4 
My Lord 

I have the honour of your Lordship's letter of the 10*? of 
August by Cap* Wall who was twenty weeks in his Passage. 
I think my self happy that your Lordship expresses a Con- 
fidence in my Zeal for your Service which I shall allways 
endeavour to deserve. Your Lordship need be under no Ap- 
prehension of my giving the Assembly any Account of your 
Revenue ; it was never in my thoughts, and you may observe 
I denyed it them upon theyr first Application : You may 
depend upon my strict Observance of your Orders in relation 
to an Assise Law as well as to not passing the Levy Bill 
without that for 3 pence for Arms. As for the Assise Law 
that pass'd last Sessions, your Lordship never gave me any 
directions about it, but had talk'd with M!" Jennings fully 
upon it who acquainted the Council with what he thought your 


Intentions and upon his Report the Law pass'd. [M"" Jen- 
nings misrepresented my intentions.] * I cannot but express 
my Surprise here at your Lordship's Suspicions of the sincerity 
of My Jennings. [I judge every one by their actions.] * I 
must in Justice to the man say I really believe him Zealous 
and faithful to your Service, and his Enemys here, who are 
not a few, universally allow him to be so, and excepting in 
the Affair of the Assise Law wherein he thought himself fully 
instructed by your Lordship I don't know any one Step he 
has advised wherein he has not concurr'd with the opinion of 
every body else in the Council : As for any particular Byass 
to him I assure y^ Lordship I have none, and the refusal I 
gave him of the Chief Justice's place till I had your further 
Commands is a proof of it, & such a one perhaps as he has 
not heartily forgiven me. 

The Assembly is to sit in March, I owne I expect nothing 
from them. The putting off*theyr meeting and the Dissents 
(of which and every thing else relating to this Province your 
Lordship is certainly the best and properest Judge) will fur- 
nish theyr Leaders with pretences enough to frustrate any 
hopes of Harmony between the two Houses, so that I am 
mistaken if they pass the Bill for three pence for Arms which 
being followed by the refusal of the Levy Bill will compleat 
the Disunion. Let theyr 111 w\\\ to me be ever so great, it 
shall not hinder me from doing my Duty to your Lordship, 
& Depend upon it, My Lord, I will give up no points that 
regard your Interests. 

Your Lordship takes notice in your letter that the Lower 
House seem'd to dispute your right to dissent to Laws. As 
ignorant and illiterate as they are, I can hardly think they 

* Words in brackets interlined in Baltimore's hand. 


dispute that Right in your Lordship to auy Law whatever ; 
that they will grumble whenever a Law they are desirous of, 
is dissented to, may be expected, especially as it is the Study 
of two or three men here to Create uneasynesses & heighten 
Dissatisfactions upon every occasion. Doctf Carroll & Phil : 
Hammond are the Chief Incendiarys ; and nothing is a greater 
proof of the unhappyness of this Country in the want of a 
proper Education of theyr youth than to see such men blindly 
followed by a whole people and look'd upon as Oracles & 
Patriots, whilst at the same time they are such Jews in theyr 
private Transactions that hardly any body will venture, unless 
forc'd by the utmost necessity, to have any Dealings with them. 

As for the Laws not being sent home in time I assure your 
Lordship MT Ross was not to blame in it. Col : Gale has I 
dare say explain'd it to you ; it was he who sent home the 
first Copy to M^ Ogle, for which I suppose the Printer being 
pay'd ready mony, a kind of payment he is not used to from 
the Publick, gave Col. Gale the first Copy which he took 
down with him to Somerset and sent it by a Ship from thence. 
It has been allways usual to send your Lordship the Laws 
by some Ship that goes from this Port ; and the Ship that 
Carryed your Copy was I dare say the first that Sail'd after 
it was printed. Yf Lordship will please to remember we 
have but one Printer, & if he is disposed to be idle we have 
no way to make him otherwise. I must say M! Ross is not 
onely a very able but a very dilligent Officer. 

M^ Dullany has drawn up a Representation which I believe 
will be sent you from my self & the Council of the low State 
of our Tobacco Trade and of the Immediate ruin which must 
follow to this Province if a Law be not provided upon the 
footing of that in Virginia to mend our Staple, which at present 
has lost all its Credit both in the Country & in Europe. 


My Wife & Girls present tiieyr Respects to your Lordship, 
and I am with the greatest Truth Your Lordships 

Most obedient and 
Most humble Servant 
Tho : Bladen. 

We have had a Comet for some weeks, & which Still con- 
tinues, whose Tail is of a most prodigious Magnitude and 
brightness, and which people say here makes a far greater 
Appearance than that of the Comet which appeared two years 
ago. When the Comet is Set its Tail may be very plainly 
seen streaming from the Horizon near a third of the Way up 
the Heavens. 


[Tobacco Law.] 

Annapolis ifebruary 3^ 1743-4 
My Lord 

About a Week ago I troubled your Lordship with a long- 
letter by Capt : Blakiston, in which I mention'd an Intention 
of presenting you with a Representation from my Self and 
the Council in relation to the low condition of our Staple and 
the great necessity there is that some speedy remedy be ap- 
plyed. Our Trade being in the utmost danger of being lost ; 
I have now the Honour to enclose this Representation to your 
Lordship sign'd by as many of your Council as could meet 
together at this time of the year. Your Lordship will see 
that a Law upon the Plan of that of Virginia call'd the In- 
spection Law is the onely remedy that is thought likely to be 


effectual ; that the Lawyers are willing to retrench something 
of theyr Fees in order to facilitate the passing such a Bill, 
and that it is expected the Clergy will do the same with 
respect to theyr Dues. I leave your Lordship to the reason- 
ing of the Representation itself which is Submitted to your 

The Gentlemen of both Houses being very uneasy at the 
apprehension of meeting so early in the year as March, which 
is generally a bad Season, and my not having heard from 
Col : Gale since he saw your Lordship has determin'd me to 
put off the Meeting of them till the latter End of April. 

I rec! by Cap' Wall his Majestys Coinand to take Care that 
any Ships of War or Privateers going from this Province be 
Instructed not to make Seizure of or Molest any Ships be- 
longing to the Republick of Holland without Just Cause. 
Your Lordship knows we have no Ships of War tho we some- 
times have Vesseles with Letters of Marque. I have Wrote a 
letter to the Duke of Newcastle which I herewith Enclose 
open to your Lordship, which if you approve I beg you will 
order M' Browning to Seal up and send to the Duke's Office. 

I have sworn Mf Lloyd one of the Council according to 
your orders. 

By what M!" Jennings informs me of your Lordship's In- 
tentions in Case of IMf Rousby's Death, I shall give him the 
Collector's office if the Vacancy happens in the Surveyor 

Genr"^ absence. 

I am allways My Lord 

yf Lordships most 

obedient & most humble 


Tho : Bladen 



[Division of Somerset Co. Temper of the Assembly.] 

Annapolis febr^ 18'.^ 1743/4 
My Lord 

I have received your Lordship's letter of the 261' of Octo- 
ber in relation to your Dissent to the Bill for the Division of 
Somerset County by which I find your Lordship seems very 
much dissatisfycd that I did not publish your Dissent upon 
the receipt of it. I am very sencible it is not the Buisness 
of a Governour here to take upon him to keep back or defer 
publishing your Lordship's Dissents, & nothing but my Zeal 
for your Service could have perswaded me to a step so dissa- 
greable in it's Self and for which I appologized I think by the 
strongest Arguments in Reasoning. I knew your Lordship 
could not be apprised of the merits of the Bill at the time 
of your Dissenting, and that as Col : Gale was upon the Sea 
going home he would very soon inform you of all that could 
be say'd for or against it. That your Lordship could not be 
sencible of the Confusion that would follow from Publishing 
the Dissent before the Assembly met to pass a Bill to Aid the 
Proceedings in the new County, which must have all been set 
adrift by an immediate publication, the Suits wherein great 
Progress had been made must have been Commenc'd anew, 
and Debtors and Criminals discharged out of prison, all wliich 
would be avoided by deferring it till the Sessions and your 
Dissent in no sort deprived of it's full EiFect, besides the great 
Probability I thought there was that when you had heard 
Col : Gale your Lordship might change your opinion as to the 


Law itself, in which I hope I have not been mistaken, for th6 
I am very much obliged to your Lordship for saying you will 
not in this Instance give me the Mortification of Dissapproving 
my Conduct, yet I protest I should be sorry any other Heason 
than a Conviction of the Expediency of the Thing should be 
your Motive to recede from your Dissent ; for the Fate of 
the Bill, abstracted from your Lordship's Service, is to me 
perfectly immaterial & indifferent. As for any body's advis- 
ing me in this Affair, I assure your Lordship nobody did, 
Severall of your Council agreed in the Inconveniencys that 
would follow upon the Dissent, but nobody advised my defer- 
ring the publication ; it was my owne doing which however 
I did w!? great uneasyness and which I shall never Attempt 
a second time. 

Your Town Lands have been in my Possession in right 
of Your Lordship allmost ever since I have been here, for 
I immediately built a Stable and fenc'd in a great part of the 
Ground for a Pasture ; M! Dullany will write to you fully 
upon it. [I have orderd MT Tasker to have the town lands 
survey 'd and sent over.] * 

As I have told your Lordship in my other Ijctters, I ex- 
pect no good from the Assembly, for I dare say they will 
never agree to the Bill for three pence for Arms which your 
Lordship insists upon in the usual Manner. I give your 
Lordship this notice that you may not be dissapointed. 
[As you mention the assembly will not agree to the Laws 
necessary for the government, I hope I shall find you have 
not shown them an improper complacency.] * 

If your Lordship knew how much pleasure your Success 
against the Penns has given us, you would not think those 

* Interlined in Baltimore's hand. 


who serve y.ou here were deficient in theyr Zeal for your 
Interests, I hope it will not be long before the whole Aifair 
will be decided entirely to your Satisfaction. This good news 
must have been known in Pensilvania these several Weeks, 
but care was taken nothing of it should transpire in to this 
Country. About two months ago they caused a Report to be 
spread that you had lost your Cause. Since they have heard 
we know of the Hearing, they say tis true The Agreement 
is determin'd to be Void, but that your Lordship is to pay 
the Penalty of five thousand pounds. 

[No truth in what the Pensilvanians report.] * That not 
onely this but every other thing that your Lordship under- 
takes may be prosperous & Happy is the sincere wish of 

Your Lordship's 
Most obedient & 
Most humble Servant 
Tho : Bladen. 

I have rec'! two Letters from My Stone Secretary to the 
Lords Justices with theyr orders to put the Forces of this 
Province into the best Condition possible & to be upon our 
Guard against the French. I send enclosed to your Lordship 
my letter to M' Stone acknowledging the receipt of those 
orders, which if your Lordship approves I desire you will 
order to be Seal'd and sent him. Indeed our Militia is a 
very miserable one and without another Act of Assembly 
incapable of being made Serviceable. 

I am much oblig'd to you my Lord for your kind remem- 
brances of me and my girls ; nobody can more sincerely rejoyce 

* Interlined in Baltimore's hand. 


at your Success in your Cause & hope you will have an entire 
victory which will be an infinite pleasure to 

Your Lordships most 
humble Servant 
B. Bladen 

As the Commission of the Regency was Expired when I 
received Mf Stone's letters Your Lordship will Judge whether 
there is a necessity any answer shou'd be sent or not. [to 
make Benny Tasker one of the Counsell as soon as their is a 
vacancy.] * 


[Town Lands. Leases.] 

Annapolis 20 Feb: 1743 
My Lord 

Since mine of 24"" Jan7 yours of 251'' OctoJ is come to hand, 
w"? Inclosed a Letter to M!" Dulany and another to M^ Jenings 
wl^ I have delivered 

M! Dulany will by this opportunity as he tels me give 
your Loi'dship a full State of the Affair of the Town Lands 
and proceed in such a maner as to bring in a Tryal. Your 
Lordship may be asured that if the late Chancelor (Governor 
Ogle's) Decree should not be Affirmed, or that Mf Bordley 
should carry his Appeal further, I will take efectual care that 
the appeal shal be Regular to the King & Council and that your 
Lordship shal be duly advised of the affair, as well as that all 
Papers &c : Relating thereto shal be duly Transmitted to you. 

* Interlined in Baltimore's hand. 


I send Inclosed a Copy of My Chitwiuds Lease, by w!!' your 
Lordship will see that it Expired last Decemy and that it was 
Let on very easie Terms viz. £40 Sterf payed down & at ten 
ship a hundred Acres a year. As this is but mean I^and and 
but little Iraprovem*.' in it, and a great part of the Wood Cut 
down, my Opinion as to the best way of Letting it will be on 
a Lease Renewable for Ever if a good Fine payed down, as 
Iron Works consume great quantitys of Wood. He cant well 
be w'?out this Land and almost the meanest of that Maner 
will now Let p"" twenty shil? a hundred acres He has three 
other Leases in N? East Maner on Lives one of w".'' Viz. Step : 
Onion is stil here living. 

I Congratulate your Lordship on your Victory against 
M! Pen. It's generally believed that he has granted Lands 
to a very great Value since the year 1741 w"^ I hope He 
will be Obliged to Ace! for. I am My Lord 

Your Lordships Mo : Obedient 

& very faithfull lible Serv* 

Benj. Tasker 


[Town Lands.] 

Annapolis Feb^^ 22, 1743/4 
My Lord, 

If I had been as plain as I ought to have been in the letter 
I had the Honour of writing to your Lordship about the 
Town land, it would, I am perswaded, have prevented any 
suspicion of my being negligent in getting the possession ; 


and I beg leave now to Supply that defect, and to represent 
the case as it really is, in the clearest light I am able. 

When the fraudulent Grant obtained by Mess''.' Bordley & 
Larkin was vacated by Decree of the Court of Chancery, your 
Lordship was restored to your former right, and (in my hum- 
ble opinion) Invested with the Possession of all that was not 
held or occupied by any body else; and if an Actual Entry 
was necessary to complete your possession, such an Entry is 
really made, ifor the Governour has not only Enter'd into the 
Greatest part of the Land in your Lordships right, but also 
fenced it in and built an house upon it. This Entry inclosing 
and building make your possession as clear & ample as it 
possibly can be. 

This my Lord, is a true State of the case concerning M! 
Bordley which I humbly hope will remove all Suspicion of 
my having been negligent, and restore me to the good opinion 
which your Lordship has been pleased to entertain of me. 

As to the purchasers under MT Larkin, I never received 
any directions from your Lordship relating to them, and the 
Instructions from your Lordship to your agent, convinced 
me that your Lordship intended to distinguish them from 
My Bordley. 

I have too gratefuU a sense of the obligations I have 
to your Lordship and how much they ought to Attach me 
to your Service, ever to be guilty of wilfully neglecting 
any thing wherein your Honour or Interest is any way 

Was my ability to serve your Lordship equal to my Incli- 
nation, you never had nor could possibly have a better servant 
than myself. 

I beg leave. My Lord, to congratulate you on your good 
Success against Mess? Penns, the news of which was the most 


welcome and agreeable that cou'd be. I am with all possible 

Zeal & Gratitude 

My Lord, 

Y! Lordship's most obliged 

and most ifaithfull 

humble Servant 


[I make no doubt of your 

doeing in your and as you tell me 

as a la^yyer th' M! Blayden takeing 

possesion in the manner he has done is an 

actuall possesion of my rite which is good 

in Law I have order'd My Tasker to cause a 

survey to be made of the town lands and to Specifye there 

diferent possessors and their rights.] * 


[Appointment as President. Tobacco Duty.] 

Annapolis 4 June 1744 
My Lord 

Since mine of 20'!' Feb : I have recc'd the honour of your 
Com" to be President of the Council for wi'' I return your 
Lordship my most humble thanks and I am very senceable 
of the great honour you have don me. 

We have lately had a Court of Appeals, but My Bordley 
has not thought fit to appear there. Nor do's he take any 
steps towards it. 

*In Baltimore's hand. 


The Assembly is now in a Conclusion, but as to any real 
Services that they have don they might as well have stayed 
at home. They have prepared an Address offering your 
L^Ship 2/6 f hh"? on all Tob" to be Exported, but have 
not agreed to make good any number of hh**.^, so that if the 
Wars continue it will be very uncertain what Tob? will be 
Shiped or can get home, so that I think it no temptation to 
your Lordship, unless you should think the circumstances 
of the Planters, by a low Price for their Tob°, should make 
them unable to pay their Rents. But the surest way for 
Your Lordship would be to let the Country Farm or make 
good such a Sum as can be agreed upon and leave them to 
find ways to Rais it. 

As to all other proceedings of the Assembly, I shall refer 
your Lordship to the Governor and the Lawyers. 

I am in the greatest difficultys & doubts about Remitting 
your Bills in these perilous times. But as the Ship I send 
these by, is a good Sailer, of some Force & the Master an 
Experienced Commander, who goes North about, I have 
ventured to send 68, as ^ the Inclosed List amounting to 
£1044: 19-5 because I know not when any other opper- 
tunity so good can offer, the 2^ Bills I shall keep & send by 
a Man of War if we have any that will go this year. As 
I do what is in my oppinion the best I hope for your ap- 

I am My Lord 

Your Lordships Mo : Obedient 
& very faithful Servant 
Benj. Tasker. 



[Indian Affairs.] 

Annapolis June IL 1744 
My Lord, 

In the letter I had the Honour of writing to your Lordship 
the last of May, I mentioned the proceedings of the Assembly 
and sent your Lordship all of them that I cou'd then get, and 
take this opportunity to send several others. I am very sorry 
to tell your Lordship that the Lower house, instead of acting 
more reasonably towards the close of the Session, grew more 
outrageous than they had been. This was owing in great 
measure to the Expectation that there will not be another 
Session before a new Election, and those who expect to be 
chosen make a merit among the common people, of opposing 
the Government at all Events. 

Altho the Governor and every one of the Council were 
very desirous of a fund to purchase Arms and Ammunition 
for the defense of the Country, yet they all thought the bill 
sent up by the lower house of so dangerous a Tendency, and 
the Proviso in it so Injurious to your Lordshp, that it wou'd 
be better to advance as much money as cou'd be raised by it in 
one year, out of their pockets, than to concur in such a bill. 

There is yet no news of the Indians, tho they promised to 
be at the place of treaty before now ; which gives room to 
apprehend that the ffrench have seduced them to their side, 
as it can't be doubted but that they (the ffrench) have used 
and will continue to use every artifice to that purpose. If 
this should happen to be the case, it may be attended with 


very ill Consequences, as these Indians (by the best Accounts 
I have been able to get of them) can bring 2000 Effective 
men into the ffield, and are equal, if not superior in courage 
to any other Indians on this Continent. However small and 
Insignificant this number may be looked upon in Populous 
Countrys, yet here where there are but few people and they 
very much scatter'd 2 or even 1000 would do a great deal 
of Mischief before a sufficient force cou'd be got together to 
oppose them. The Indians have these advantages, that nei- 
ther Hivers, Mountains, Impassable Morasses or the thickest 
forrests are any Impediments to their Marching, or rather run- 
ing, to any place they have a mind to go. If they shou'd be 
attacked and defeated they wou'd Immediately disperse and fly 
into the woods and Escape with as much facility as the swiftest 
wild beasts. They can bear fatigue, hunger and the severest 
weather beyond Imagination ; and where they can get no other 
provision, can live many days on Wild roots, with which they 
are well acquainted and our people know nothing of. 

I wou'd not have presumed to give your Lordship this 
trouble, but that I conceive it to be my duty to represent, in 
the best manner I can, the dangerous situation your tenants 
wou'd be in, if the Indians should joyn with the ffrench, and 
of what Importance it is to all his Majestys subjects on this 
Continent to prevent such a fatal junction. 

I humbly hope your Lordship is satisfied about the town- 
land, and that you will believe I have that zeal to your Service, 
which becomes a gratefull honest man. I am with all possible 

duty and Respect. 

My Lord 

Your Lordship's most obliged 

and most ffaithfull 

humble Servant 



P. S. June 13 

My Lord 

I have the satisfaction to tell your Lordship, that by an 
Express which came in last night, we have an Account that 
the Indians are on their way to the place of Treaty, which 
is very agreeable news. 

The flPrench have begun Hostilitys already, having taken 
and destroyed Canso a ffishing town near Cape Breton. I am 

My Lord 
Y:: Lordships Most ob' 
humble Servant 



[Town Lands. War Rumors.] 
My Lord 

I hope your Lordship has received some of the letters, I 
have had the honour of writing to you, and that your Lord- 
ship is satisfied as to your possession of the town Land. 

I embrace this opportunity to send your Lordship the pro- 
ceedings of the last Assembly, and sincerely wish they were 
more agreeable than they are. 

Our Commissioners are not yet return'd from treating with 
the Indians, but we have advice that every thing is fully 
settled, upon which I beg leave to congratulate your Lordship, 
as I am certain it will contribute very much to the Safety 
of your Province, especially the back parts. 

We have advices from the Northward and Virginia that 
the Spaniards & Indians have taken Georgia and destroyed 


all the Inhabitants, Which, if true, will (very probably) be 
fatal to South Carolina, and I wish the same Calamity may 
not reach some of the other Colonys on this Continent, as 
they are but in a defenceless condition. The flFrench are not 
only numerous themselves, but have also Ingratiated them- 
selves with the Indians, to such a degree as, without the 
utmost care, will bring his Majesty's Subjects on this Conti- 
nent into very great danger. I am with all possible duty 

and gratitude, 

My Lord, 

Your Lordship's Most Obedient 

and most devoted 

humble Servant 

Annapolis July 6, 1744. D. Dulany. 


[Affairs in the Province.] 
My Lord, 

In a letter which I had the Honour of writing very lately 
to your Lordship, I mention'd the Indian treaty, which is 
happily concluded, notwithstanding the difficultys which the 
Pennsylvanians endeavour'd to throw in the way. 

I am satisfied the Indians had no thoughts of making any 
dem*^.' for land on this Province, till Mr Logan or his Emis- 
sarys Infused a notion into their heads that they had some 

The Pennsylvanians have shewn their Rancor to M! Cressap 
in a very Extraordinary manner, for when it was proposed to 


meet the Indians at his house, they (the Pensylvanians) asserted 
very positively that the Indians hated him, because, as it was 
given out, he had Imposed on some of them about some land 
he had purchased their claim to. But when the Indians met 
they expressed a very great regard for him for the many Civil- 
itys which they acknowledged to have receiv'd from him, and 
took particular of his Interest. I expect to have Judgments 
against the Intruders into Talbot mannour next Provincial 
Court, which will AiFect one Baker a justice of peace who 
was the Ring-leader, more than any body. 

The account we have had that Georgia was taken and the 
people destroyd is contradicted, as having no other foundation 
but a false report. 

Altho : I have mentioned your Lordships possession of the 
town land in all my late letters, yet I hope you will pardon 
me for repeating the assurances I have given your Ijordship, 
that it is as ample as it can be. And I beg leave My Lord, to 
assure your Lordship also, that it is not possible for any body 
to be more heartily attached to your Interest than I am, nor 
to wish more sincerely than I do, to have it in my power to 
demonstrate My Gratitude for the many and great favours 
which your Lordship has been pleased to confer on me. This 
my Lord, is my duty as it ever shall be my care & Study to 
promote your Interest and Service, as becomes 

My Lord, 
Y! Lordships Most ifaithful and most 
obliged humble Servant 


Annapolis July 16. 1744. 



[Encroachments on the Potomac. Mines.] 

Annapolis 17 Septy 1744 
My Lord 

It has been no small Mortification to me that proper Con- 
veyances has been wanting to send your Bills by, I have long 
been in hopes of an opportunety by a Man of War, But am 
stil disapointed, and least your Lordship should blame me 
for not making use of this Ship I venture to send 68 Bills 
Value 1764 : 5 : 2 the 2t' & St' of w'^ I shal keep as well as 
of those sent by Cap' Grindall for a Man of War & hope I 
shal not be disapointed at last. 

M! Beal had your Lordships Grant of an Island in Patow- 
mack River where he made some Improvements. But one 
My McCurley under Lord Fairfax's Grant has disposessed 
him by beating him of & destroying his Houses. Several 
people in Virginia under that Right is getting into that part 
near the Fountain head of Patowmack & in time will do as 
our N? Neighbours has don unless timely care is taken to 
prevent them. If they were allowed Leases or other Grants 
on very easie Terms it might answer. 

Several people have made Resurveys and where they find 
a deficiency in their Grants they desire Credit for the Rents 
they have payed for it, w°.'' to me seems reasonable ; however 
I shal wait your Lordships orders therein. 

Cap' Cressup has made a discovery of some Lands w^!" has 
good quantitys of Ore on it like this I send by My Rocliff, 
I have Entered a Reserve in it 'til I know your pleasure 


herein. The Governor & Mr Dulany are going to Work in 
a discovery they have made. I am, my Lord, 

Your Lordships Mo. Obed' hble. Serv', 
BENjy Tasker. 


[Applications for Office.] 

Annapolis Novemb! L5* 1744 
My Lord 

I have the favour of yl" Lordship's letter by the Baltimore 
which is but just arriv'd, I have likewise another letter from 
your Lordship delivered me by Mf Young with your Direc- 
tions to give him the l^aval Officer's Place of Potomack unless 
(as your Lordship is so good to say) I am otherwise pressingly 
engaged. The Case indeed is that I gave that Place above 
six months ago to My Lee, eldest son of MT Lee by whose 
death the Place became vacant, which I had the honour to 
inform yf Lordship of by my letter by Grindall. Ml" Young 
applyed to me for the Office as soon as he knew of the Va- 
cancy & told me he thought he had a right to such a Provision. 
As this was an odd way of asking a favour I could not help 
saying I thought Mf Lees son, in whose favour I had before 
been applyed to, had, as a native of the Country, as good a 
right to it as he had. I must owne he retracted the Expres- 
sion and say'd he had made use of it inadvertently, with 
which I was fully satisfied, and I assure your Lordship I 
have all ways since that time design 'd to do him good when 
an Opportunity should offer, and upon Mf Rousby's death 


had determin'd to put him into the Coimcil, tho your Lord- 
ship's commands to me for that purpose had not arriv'd. In 
the mean time My Young is not absohitely destitute having 
two small Places one worth Twenty thousand p*^^ of Tobacco 
a year, the other seventy pounds Currency. I find however 
he has made Application to your Lordship for this Place not- 
withstanding my Refusal of it to him, which I think a very 
indiffer' Compliment to me, and in plain English saying since 
he could not have it with my consent he would see if he could 
not get it without, which would be such a Mortification as I 
am perswaded your Lordship's Goodness to me will not put 
me to the Tryall of. I shall not fail of giving Ml" Young a 
proof of my Respect to your Lordship's Commands the first 

I had the Honour to write to y^ Lordship by Captain 
Frasier who saild about six Weeks since, by whome I sent 
the Laws of last Session and of which I now send Duplicates. 
I hope to receive your Lordship's Commands by Grindal or 
Hunter who are now at home and who I suppose will sail 
without waiting a Convoy : I wrote your Lordship so fully 
by the first of those Captains that I shall trouble your Lord- 
ship no further at present but to Assure you of my unalterable 
attachment to your Service & that I am 

Your Lordship's 
Most obedient 

Humble Servant 
Tho : Bladen. 
P. S. 

I have finish'd the brick work of a very good house upon 
your Land for yT Govern! which I shall send your Lord- 
ship a Draught of by the Baltimore. Bordley has rec^ 200 
pounds paper money from the Country for his pretentions to 


four Acres, & has declared he dos not propose going on with 
his Appeal. I must owne I am 500 p''* sterl. out of pocket 
which God knows whether the Assembly will ever repay me. 


[Leases, &c.] 

Annapolis 20 Novl^ 1744 
My Lord 

I have the honour of yours of oil' May past, and shal agree- 
able thereto Let the County s as heretofore, and send your 
Ijordship the Ace' of Ann! Manner, and give Notice of your 
offer at £10 ^ bund"? Acres on Leases Renewable for Ever ; 
tho I am afraid very little will be taken on those Terms. 

I shal not fail to send the Boards & Shingles by the 
Baltimore or Charles & also a Plot of the Town as directed 
& mai<e the Reserve. 

I am very glad to tel your Lord Ship that the New Town 
on N? East Improves very fast, and that the Trade from 
Conostogo is carried there instead of to Philadelphia. 

I beg your Lordships excuse for the trouble of the Inclosed 
Letters to My Hyde. But they contain several of your Bills 
as f Lists therein to the Value of £l46orif,1. The 2i' of them 
I shal send by the Man of War, and the S'^I by the Baltimore. 
I have already Adviced your Lordship that you have in the 
last Provincial Court Recovered against the Tenants on Sus- 
quehanah Maiier, so that I hope we shal have [no] more trouble 
w'? that set of people about Notingham who has been Spirited 
on by our N? Neighbours. One Baker who was a leader now 


desires to become a Tennant & pay down £30 Sterl for a Fine 
on about 100 Acres; but as his behaviour deserves no counte- 
nance I shal keep him in Suspeuce 'till I have your Lordships 
directions herein. 

M! Bordly sais that he will not prosecute his appeal, so that 
your Lordship is in peaceable possession. I am, My Lord 

Your Lordships mo. Obedient 
& very faithful servant 
Benj. Tasker. 


[Pennsylvanian Encroachments. Copper Ore.] 

Annapolis 20 Novem^ 1744 
Dear Sir 

I have the pleasure of yours as at foot & for w"^ I am 
Obliged, I have also the Protested Bills as ^ two Lists viz. 
one w"' 12 Bills Value £151 : 13. 6 the other wl' 16 Bills 
Value £161 : 4 : 9 of w*^."^ due care shal be taken. But I am 
afraid these are not all the Bills that was Protested, and I 
am sorry that they are not sent, because great complaints are 
made by the Indorsers when Bills are keep't an uncommon 

Pray asure his Lordship that I do all in my power to pre- 
vent the Pensilvanians Incroaching on us, and the Govern^ 
asists me as far as he can. But I am sorry to say that some 
people under Pensilvania Rights has taken possession of a 
Larg Tract near the head of Chester belonffina; to one MT 
Sewall of Maryland and now he refuses his Rents and his 
Lordship goes w*''out them. 


I have been under the greatest difficnltys this year to make 
Remittances, wl^ prevents my sending my Acc*.^ We have had 
2 or 3 Privateers hovering all this SuiiTer about the Capes, 
who have took at once 6 Ships. Our Man of War all this 
time unfit to go to Sea, so that whether one Bill has got safe 
or no I know not ; or whether what goes now will ever get 
to hand, I have long waited for an oppertunity of a Man of 
War w".'' will not offer these 5 months, so that I really can't 
tel how to act in these perilous times ; I should be glad to be 

A Ship of My Hanburys of some Force will Sail in a few 

days, by whom E shal send some other Bills, and my Ace' in 

hopes the short dark days & long nights may favour them. 

I am Dear Sir 

Y' Mo : obed' hble Serv* 

Benj : Tasker 

Letter dat^ 2 Jan7 1743/4 Dupl. 
D? 1 March Dupl. 
14 March Dupl. & 30 May 1744. 

I send his L'? ship by this oppertunity a Sample of Copper 
Ore ; the Land wherein it lyes I have Entered a Reserve 
on. I pray advice herein whether to continue this Reserve 
or withdraw it. 

I should be glad to know if Mf Plater has payed M\ Mudge 
his Bill Indorsed by M' Plater— 



[Boundary Lines.] 
My Lord 

I have received the letter your Lordship did me the honour 
to write to me, the Seventh of June, which gave me the greatest 
satisfaction that any thing cou'd possibly have done. 

I have not been long return'd from a journey into the back 
woods, as far as to the Temporary line between this Province 
and Pennsylvania, where I had the pleasure of seeing a most 
delightfull Country, a Country My Lord, that Equals (if it 
does not exceed) any in America for natural Advantages, such 
as a rich & fertil Soil, well furnished with timber of all sorts 
abounding with lime stone, and stone fit for building, good 
slate and some Marble, and to Crown all, very healthy. 

The season of the year was so far advanced towards Winter, 
that I cou'd not possibly go to the neck of land in the fork 
of Patomack, which I mentioned in a former letter to your 
Lordship, the possession whereof I conceive to be of great Im- 
portance, and therefore beg leave to assure your Lordship that 
no Endeavours of mine shall be wanting to secure it for you. 

I have by several opportunitys wrote fully to your Lord- 
ship about the Settlers on Talbots Mannour, and Recoverys 
against them, and therefore shall not trouble you with the Rep- 
etition of them. I am with all possible duty and Gratitude, 

My Lord 
Your Lordship's Most Devoted 
and most ffaithfull 
humble Servant 
Annapolis Nov! 24, 1744. D. Dulany. 



[Duplicates the Letter of Nov. 20, and Adds as Below.] 

Annapolis 3 Decemy 1744 

I have Entered a Reserve where there is plentie of Ore of 
the sort I now send a Sample of. 

Inclosed is a List & 227 Bills Excht Value £2644 : 7 : 9 w<=_^ 
I hope may Escape the Euemie as well as these sent ^ M^ 
RocliiF, Mf Chew having promised me his particular care of 
this Packet. The uncertainty of the Man of Wars Sailing 
is so great that I am unwilling to stay. 

The great plentie of Spanish Gold & Silver brought into 
New York, Peusilvauia & Virginia, and the high Insurance 
has made a great demand for Bills of Exch! ; so great that 
the Trading people from these Places offer Spanish Silver at 
5/ the ounce. Your Lordship takes it at 5/3, these offer 45 
^ Cent Exch! for Bills in Spanish Gold, you take Gold at 
about 41, so that the Gold & Silver that is in my hands & 
that I shal hereafter take, must be Remitted. 

I shal send the 31' of these Bills by a Man of War when 
one offers. I am My Lord 

Your Lordships Most Obedient 
& very faithful hble Serv' 
Benj. Tasker 



[Remittances. Rents.] 

Annapolis 15 March 1744/5 
My Lord 

Having wrote so fully by Cap*.^ Hargrave & Hail as well 
as Lord BaufF I have now only to Inclose a List & 142 
Bills Exchf Value £1922 : 1 : 5 w'L*' I wish safe to hand. Bills 
Exchf grow so Valuable that they are hardly to be purchased, 
I must desire orders by what Ship to send over your Money 
by, for in the next payments I shal have upwards of £700 
by me. 

I send by this opportunity a Survey of the Town, as also 
the Boards & Shingles agreeable to my orders, and a Sample 
of Copper Ore. I have Entered a Reserve where this lyes, 
w"."" waits your Lordships orders. 

I have Let the several Countys as heretofore w'!' a Clause 
to oblige the Farmer to Ace' upon Oath, for M! Chew & 
Mr Thomas the former Farmers of 3 Countys payed the full 
amount of the Rent Roll, but as several Lauds was omitted 
to be put on the Rent Roll they have not accounted for such 
& I should not have easily come at the knowledge of this but 
by means of the present new Farmer. I shal as soon as 
possible oblige these Gent, to Ace* for the Bal!! w"!' is con- 

I think myself happy that I did not send any of your 
Lordships Bills by Cap*.^ Hall, Judd or Frazier who it seems 
are all taken. 


I wish your Lordship all health & prosperity as being 
my Lord 

Your Lordships 
Most Obedient and 
Most faithful hble Serv^ 
Benj. Tasker. 


The Lord Proprietary to Samuel Ogle Esq' his 
Lordships Lieutenant Governor in Maryland, 
on his Lordships and his Guardians Appoint- 
ment of his uncle The Honourable Caecilius 
Calvert Esq! Secretary of his Lordships Pro- 
vince of Maryland. 

London September 17"" 175L 

I know not yet what success your Endeavours to serve me 
will have, but in regard to your Endeavours and good service 
both as to my late Dear Father and to the Province in general 
you merit and have my Esteem ; and I can assure you, they 
make a deep impression on me, who am sensible of all obli- 

The Love I have for the People of Maryland is most cer- 
tain, since properly speaking, 'tis the same I bear myself, 
therefore the success of my Affairs, I shall allways aim may 
extend to their private as well as their Publick emolument, 
not doubting but they will let me find my just own in it. 


As my Departure on my Travels abroad is now soon, you 
will be some time e'er you hear from me. I depend on your 
fidelity and that your Administration in my Affairs will be 
prosperous under the safe Conduct of my Guardians, whom 
I have all the reason to believe from their Honour to reap the 
greatest happiness. 

It being necessary to the Affairs of the Province here, I 
have out of the Love I bear him in conjunction with my 
Guardians, sign'd and approved of the Appointment by com- 
mission of my Uncle Csecilius Calvert to be Secretary of 
Maryland. The Charge and trouble that must attend it, is 
most fitting should have reward, 'tis therefore my earnest 
Desire that a Salary of £450 '^ annum to be settled upon 
him for this service, and it cannot be unreasonable that the 
same should be made good to my Uncle out of the Profits of 
such Offices of Government, as will best bear it. As to M! 
Jennings my Uncle's Deputy, I am sensible their office will not 
bear an Extract as to each Particular, touching such Payments; 
also am Desirous all due and proper regard and consideration 
be had for his faithful services, therefore I hope the following 
Distributions to the Payment of the aforesaid Salary Avill not 
fail to meet with Approbation and Acceptance. Viz' 

From your self as Governor. £200 "^ Ann. 

From M! Jennings as Deputy Secretary. 50 - D? 

From the Commissary General 100 - D? 

From the Land Office. 100 - B". 

£450 - f Ann. 

I rely on your immediate Performance, and the Gentlemen 
in the said several offices compliance therewith, of which you 


will take care of in favour of ray Uncle, and to have his said 
Salary to settled as to be paid him by half yearly Payments, 
of which you will give him notice, which will be greatly Es- 
teemed amongst the rest of your Services By 
P. S. Your Proprietor and 

My best wishes attend on Affectionate Friend 

all and my Compliments on Baltimore. 

Ml^ Ogle. 


John Sharpe Esq! one of the Guardians to the 
Lord Proprietary, to Edmond Jennings Esq! 
Deputy Secretary in Maryland, notifying the 
appointment of the Honourable Csecilius Cal- 
vert Esq' Secretary of Maryland : and mention- 
ing, that the Death of the Late Lord Baltimore 
had put an End to the Commission and Agree- 
ment with the Penns. 

London December 20*.!' 1751. 
Dear Sir. 

I received the favour of yours, and hope the Late Lord 
Baltimore's Death has occasion'd no sort of Interruption in 
the Administration of the Publick Affairs in the Province. 

The Probate of his Lordship's will under the Seal of the 
Ecclesiastical Court being transmitted, that, with the Com- 
mission from the present Lord and the Speaker and my self 
as his Guardians, is certainly sufficient to answer all Purposes 

The Death of his Lordship hath not only put an End to 
the Commission, but I hope to the Agreement to, for as the 


late Lord was only Tenant for Life, and the present Lord 
by the settlement made on his Fathers Marriage, Tenant in 
Tail ; I think the Agreement can never bind the present Lord 
the Tenant in Tail. But this is what we keep to our selves. 
Messieurs Penus have not as yet filed any Bill of Revivor. 
The present Lord having out of his great Regard and 
Affection for his Uncle M! Csecilius Calvert desired us to 
appoint him Secretary of the Province of Maryland, the 
Speaker and I, have as his Lordships Guardians and at his 
Request and Desire and with his Approbation, accordingly 
appointed M! Calvert Secretary of the Province ; and it being 
his Lordship's earnest desire and intention, that his Uncle 
should have a reasonable Salary annexed to the said office, 
and which his Lordship thinks cannot be less than 450ft) a 
year ; and as this is properly an office of and belonging to the 
Province, his Lordship thinks and is desirous, that this £450 
a year should be settled on his Uncle for this Service, and 
should be paid by the Principal officers of the Province in the 
Proportions following Viz — 

From Governor Ogle £200 f Ann. 

From the Commissary 100 '^ Ann. 

From the Land office 100 f Ann. 

From your Self 50 ^ Ann. 

Now as I know the Affection and Regard his Lordship has 
for his uncle, and how anxious he is in having this settlement 
made for his uncle, and to be paid him by half Yearly Pay- 
ments ; and how greatly any disappointment herein would 
effect his Lordship, and as he is thoroughly satisfied the said 
offices can very well bear to answer the above sums, I have 
therefore taken the Liberty to inform you of the earnest 
manner in which his Lordship desires this Provision for his 


Uncle may take place, and I am sure nothing can be more 
agreeable to or more oblige his Lordship than the Accom- 
plishment of it. 

Upon his Lordship first mentioning this, he proposed a 
much larger sum to your share, and here I did you every 
service in my Power, by representing to his Lordship the 
great and eminent Services you had done his Father, and 
which I was sure, you would continue to do for him ; and 
pressed the matter of your Proportion so strongly upon his 
Lordship, as to get it reduced to £50, and in which M! Cal- 
vert himself heartily Joined with me. 

I do not trouble you with any thing in answer to those 
parts of your Letters which relate to running the Lines, as I 
consider that matter as now over and at Peace. 
I am with the most perfect Truth and Esteem 

Dear Sir 

Your most obedient and faithful Servant 

Jn? Sharpe. 
P. S. 

I don't see how there can be any possible occasion for any 
Suit to be commenced in Maryland by the late Lord's Execu- 
tors, and therefore have not sent any Powers to take out 
Administration with the will annexed in Maryland. But if 
any such occasion is likely to arise, on your informing me of 
it, such Powers shall be immediately sent. 

I am glad M^ Calvert is disposed not to raise any dispute 
touching the Devise to him, at least 'till My Lord comes of 
Age. I have delivered your Letter to the Speaker. 



The hon^'' Csecilins Calvert Esq'' his Lordships 
Secretary of Maryland to Samuel Ogle Esq^ 
his Lordships Lieutenant Governor there. On 
Boundaries between Maryland and Pensilvania. 
Answer to Addresses from both Houses of As- 
sembly the one to his Ma*.^ on the Death of the 
Prince of Wales, and the other to the Lord 
Proprietary on his Fathers Death, on church 
Preferment in the Province, on expiration of 
Leases in Ann Arundel Mannor. In relation 
to Laws passed in a session of Assembly begun 
the 151'' of May 1751. Instructions concerning 
aiding Ml Tasker about the Rent Rolls, and on 
M! Ogle's Letter of the 30'?^ of March 1751. 

Loudon May the 15'.'.' 1752./. 

I doubt not but you have received before this time my 
Letter to you of the 24'.'' of December last with my Com- 
mission as Secretary of the Province under the Appointment 
of the Lord Proprietary and his Guardians ; which authorizes 
my Correspondence, with you on my nephew's Concerns in 
General under such capacity. And as the Boundaries between 
Maryland and Pensilvania are of so great Importance to my 
nephew, I make that the chief subject of this Letter. 

Maryland in the Kings Charter the 20"^ of Jany. 1632 is 
thus described viz. " That of a Peninsula lying in the Parts 
of America between the Ocean on the East and the Bay of 
Chesopeak on the west, and divided from the other part 


thereof by a right line drawn from the Cape of Land called 
Watkius Point situated in the aforesaid Bay near the River 
Wighco on the west, unto the main Ocean on the East, between 
that bounds on the south, unto that part of Delaware Bay on 
the North, which lyeth under the fortieth degree northern Lati- 
tude from the Equinoctiall where New England's Ends &c := 
In which description the Boundaries thereof evidences the 
King's Royal Intention that they should extend North beyond 
Delaware Bay, which was then understood to reach to the 
40"' Deg^ree of Northern Latitude and was so described bv the 
charts of those times ; and tho upon more exact observation 
it may be discovered that the Bay don't reach so far North, 
yet it is natural to conclude, That the North part of the Bay 
was by the said charter intended to be the North part of the 
Boundary of Maryland, which was confirmed to be so, by the 
subsequent Grant of Peusilvania dated the 4'i' of March 1680, 
and by the Ancestors of Lord Baltimore. 

I am now to desire your Thoughts concerning the 12 miles 
Circle round New Castle I find Peusilvania by the Grant for 
it, is bounded, on the East, by the River Delaware, and on 
the South by a Circle Drawn at 12 miles Distance from the 
Town of New Castle Northward and westward (that is by the 
Northward and westward parts of that Circle) unto the be- 
ginning of the 40'^ Degree of Northern Latitude, then by a 
strait Line &c : which seems perfectly to agree with the above 
mentioned Bounds of Maryland. 

And in the years 1681 and 1682, numbers of Industrious 
People with their Family s and Estates by favour of the said 
Grant went over to Peusilvania and settled themselves, making 
Large Improvements and beginning at the southern Bounds 
of the Province on Delaware River as the Bounds before 
described; and about the year 1683. Lord Baltimore then 


in Maryland, caused a Line to be Run and marked about 6 
or 8 Miles more northerly than the above mentioned Bounds, 
as his northerly Boundary at that tune ; which the Pensil- 
vanians never made any grant or settlement to the Southward 
thereof until the year 1714 when by a large Astronomical 
Instrument sent over by them, for that Purpose, and by 
another like Instrument after that time sent over by the 
Late Lord Baltimore observations of the Latitude were made, 
whereby the claim of Maryland by Lord Balti mores People 
was extended not only beyond the Peninsula and Istmuss of 
the Bays of Delaware and Chesopeak and the Line run by 
the late and present Lord Baltimore's Ancestors ; But passing 
the Istmuss, the Claim of Maryland was thereby carried up 
the Rivers Delaware and Susquehannah so far as to take in 
the most valuable Improvements of Pensilvania ; alledging 
that these observations of the lO"' Degree should be carried 
to its utmost extent ; notwithstanding all the Limitations of 
the Country being fully described in their Letters Patent, 
which point out certain visible Places on the Earth, while all 
Astronomical observations will in some Measure for ever be 
uncertain. The causing of these observations to be made, 
I conceive to have been the first Rise of contention between 
the two Proprietors from the year 1714. The next Con- 
sideration arising, is to desire you would inform me how my 
Nephews Right to Lands and to what distance of Miles lying 
to the Northward of the Peninsula and of the Bays of Dela- 
ware and Chesopeak have been of late and are now bounded 
and understood, between Maryland and Pensilvania, and to 
let me know your opinion concerning the Propriety of the 
Present Lord's confirming or disallowing the same. 

Please also to give me your opinion and a Description con- 
cerning the scituation of Newcastle and the Country about it 


for composing the ] 2 Miles circle, either by observatiou of 
the Sim horrizontal or measure by the wheel ; and in either 
Respects, how it will effect within Reach of the Bay of 
Chesopeak, as it is of great consequence for the Pennes to 
have no Right to any water from that Bay. 

I am next led to desire your opinion and a Description of 
the true Cape Henlopeu, how near it is scituated to the Mouth 
or Entrance of Delaware Bay, touching the Boundaries of the 
County of Delaware, or that County called the three Lower 
Counties, and tract of Land lying between the River and Dela- 
ware Bay and the Eastern Sea on the one side and Chesopeak 
Bay on the other ; to be divided into two parts by a Line 
from the true Cape Henlopeu to the 40'^' Degree of northern 
Latitude and please to let me know in your Judgment what 
Parts thereof may properly belong to jNIaryland, and what 
Parts to Pensilvauia ; and how such Parts may be described 
for Lines to be run by Rivers and Marks to avoid all Differ- 

It is therefore My Lords and his Guardians earnest Desire 
and you must be sensible how acceptable it will be, to be 
informed from you, who is on the Spot, and has been almost 
from the Commencement of the said Boundaries being dis- 
puted at Law, until and now after the late Lord Proprietary's 
Death ; and as no one can so properly assign wherein the late 
Lord Proprietary in the Articles of Agreement between him 
and Pensilvania Family was over reached by the Penns, You 
will no doubt point out the same, for the Benefit, Interest and 
Property in Dominion of the present Lord, and for his Infor- 
mation ; who on his coming of age, it is most likely will. 
(If with honour and Justice to his Family and the Province he 
can) constitute a new agreement with the Penns, his Fathers 
agreement with them being void by his Death, as well as the 


Commission from Chancery sent to Maryland and the Decree 
of that Court for carrying such agreement into Execution. 
For the late Lord Baltimore was only Tenant for life by his 
Marriage Settlement and the present Lord by the said Settle- 
ment is Tenant in Tail, and therefore not subject to any act 
of his Fathers in any Bargain or Sale of Property in any 
shape whatsoever wherein the present Lord is Tenant in Tail ; 
and as the said Articles of agreement executed between the 
present Lords Father and the Penns was subsequent to the 
said Marriage settlement, the same is void of course, which 
the present Lord when he comes of age will adhere to, his 
Lordship and his Guardians being confirmed therein by the 
opinion of Council learned in the Law. 

The High Station you were in by the Favour of the late 
Lord, and which you now continue to Enjoy from the present 
Lord and his Guardians, and your Capacity of giving full 
Information concerning the Right of Boundaries with Respect 
to the two Provinces, causes this Application to you for the 
same and to be full and explicit therein, that the present Lord 
may be well acquainted therewith on his coming of age, to 
inform his mind and Enable him to give his Judgment in all 
the said Matters of Property belonging to him consistent with 
his Honour and Interest, and the Interest of the Province, 
and to avoid if possible any contention at Law with his Ad- 
versaries, by Amicably adjusting all Differences in Dispute. 

On the Receipt of this, you will lose no time in sending to 
me your Intelligence, accompanied with your best advice, 
opinion, and Descriptions on the subject matters afore said, 
and with such charts and maps as you shall think most proper 
to be made for the better Explanation and Intelligence to the 
Lord Proprietary and his Guardians in England. 


The Address transmitted to his Lordships Guardians from 
both Houses of Assembly to His Majesty concerning the great 
Loss sustained by the Death of His Royal Highness the late 
Prince of Wales, has been by the Guardians means delivered 
to the Right Hon**!^ The Earl of Holdernesse one of His 
Majestys Principal Secretarys of State, who there upon pre- 
sented the same to His Majesty, and was by His Majesty 
most graciously received, which you are to notify accordingly 
to both Houses of Assembly. 

The two Addresses to the Right Hon^l® Frederick the present 
Lord Proprietary from each House of Assembly on the Death 
of the late Lord Proprietary his Father, are also received ; 
and his Lordship being abroad, his Guardians desire you will 
communicate their Thanks on his behalf to the two Houses 
of Assembly for the same. 

In a Letter from my Nephew dated at Paris February 
the 29'.'' 1752 are the following Lines. I have one thing 
to recommend to you, that is to write over to Maryland 
my Desire, that all Livings which are to be given away 
from henceforth, may be for me, by which means I shall 
have an opportunity of obliging them I think fit ; and 
knowing those who are sent over to my Province in so 
good a character. 

The Speaker of the House of Commons one of my Nephews 
Guardians recommends to you (in pursuance of Sir George 
Lee's Request to him) MT Benjamin Young and his Son who 
are in Maryland, and desires that you will on any opportu- 
nity that you may have, promote M5 Youngs Son in some 

On finishing this Epistle, I had the favour of yours dated 
the 30'.'' of March last, which mentions your late Illness, and 
that you were upon the Recovery, which I sincerely wish the 


completion of, for it gave me concern to bear of such an 
Indisposition having attak'd yon. 

By the same Conveyance I received a Letter from M"" 
Tasker wherein he mentions Ann Arundel Maunor, and the 
near Expiration of the Leases thereof; and proposes for My 
Lord to grant further Leases thereof for 99 years renewable 
for ever, which he apprehends the present Tenants would 
take, and he thinks it adviseable for My Lord to comply 
therewith, for he is afraid the present Tenants will not renew 
upon any other Terms. 

The favour of your advice and opinion on this matter will 
be very acceptable to My Lord to consider on his coming of 
Aae, as it will determine the consideration thereof. 

The Speaker MT Onslow sends his compliments to you and 
he is obliged to you for your Letters to him, which he now 
would have answered, but has postponed the same until the 
Return of the Approbation or Disapprobation of the Laws 
of the Province passed in the Session of Assembly held the 
15'? of May 1751, Three whereof are now under considera- 
tion of the Attorney General, viz. 

The Law concerning one convict being Evidence against 
another, is objected to by the Speaker and M^ Sharpe his 
Lordships Guardians, as a Law repugnant to the Laws of 
England, there being no such provisionary Law of Evidence 
in this Country. The Speaker mentioned that he should 
consider against the next Session of the Parliament of Great 
Britain ; whether it would not be adviseable for a clause to 
be obtained in some Act, on behalf of the Plantations in this 
case. However as this Law is so necessary for the Preserva- 
tion of the Lives of the People in Maryland, It is thought 
and hoped, It will pass the opinion of the Attorney General ; 
The necessity thereof being so urgent. 


The Law concerning Negroes and slaves, is thought by the 
Guardians may be attended with much Cruelty, in as much 
as the Masters of such Negroes and slaves upon accident of 
killing of them, are not cognizable to Tryal ; It being thought 
reasonable, That a Person so killing should be accountable by 
Law in some manner for such action, to prove the occasion 

And the Law concerning Princess Ann Town, the Guardians 
will I believe Dissent to, the saving clause to the Right Hon"* 
The Lord Proprietary his Heirs & Successors & his respective 
Right being not properly secured to him by reason the one 
penny Lott is not ascertained therein and it being thought, 
that part of the said Town is Escheated to the Lord 

The above Laws objected to being with the council, I can- 
not so clearly state the objections to them as I should do, were 
they now with me, But to the best of my Remembrance these 
were the Thoughts of the Guardians, when the Laws were 
before them. 

A Question has arisen by the Guardians concerning the 
Assembly sitting and making Laws after the Death of the 
late Lord Proprietary, which is before the Attorney General 
for his opinion ; whether the Laws so made are valid in Law 
by your Passing them ? or if not, whether their Validity will 
be Established by the Guardians approving of them ? 

I return you much thanks for your kind wishes and En- 
deavours for the Establishment of the satisfactory recompense 
for my service here in my Transactions with the Lord Pro- 
prietary for the welfare of the Province, agreeable to the Plan 
thereto by the Lord Proprietarys Desire in his Letter to you, 
and you may depend your particular Service therein will in 
Return from me meet with embracing every favourable oppor- 


tiinitv in my Power for your Service and Establishment, who 
am with real Zeal and Respect 

Your most obliged humble Servant 
CvECIl! Calvert. 
P. S. 

You herewith receive an Instruction 
from the Guardians, which you will 
take care to execute. 


The Hon"*^ Cfecilius Calvert Esq! his Lord- 
ships Secretary of Maryland to Edmund Jen- 
nings Esq! Deputy Secretary there; on the 
Boundaries between Maryland and Pensilvania. 
For a Plan of the City of Annapolis. Obser- 
vations on the Deputy s Letter dated the 29* of 
March 1752 and concerning his want of Leave 
to come to England. 

London May the 15'.^ 1752./ 

As you and I are by Commission both appointed Secretary 

of the Province of Maryland, My commission with yours I 

doubt not but you have received before this with my Letter 

of the 24'? of December last. I therefore with you enter upon 

the subject of the Boundaries of Maryland and Pensilvania, 

desiring what ever Errors and Imperfections I may commit, 

you will in your answer set me right ; For I am sensible you 

are acquainted with all matters relative thereto, and with all 

that has happened, concerning them of late years. 


I think it appears by the Kings Letters Patent granted to 
Csecilins Baron of Baltimore, the Province of Maryland by 
the particnlar bounds and descriptions in the said Letters 
Patent contained, clearly and indisputably includes the Tract 
of Land called the three Lower Countys, which Bounds his 
Lordship and his Ancestors have always laid claim to ; and 
of which Tract of Land his Lordships Ancestors had Pos- 
session 'till Questiou'd in the year 1685. 

It also appears to me that King Charles the second by 
Letters Patent granted to William Penn the Province of 
Pensilvania, by Bounds and Descriptions therein mentioned, 
and which no ways comprehends but clearly excludes the 
three lower Countys which lye part on the West side of 
Delaware Bay, For the grant of Pensilvania is bounded on 
the westward by the East side of Delaware Bay, and on the 
South by a Circle drawn at 12 Miles Distance round New 
Castle Northward and Westward into the beginning of the 
40'!* Degree of northern Latitude. 

Anno 1683 I find the Duke of York applied to the Crown 
for a Grant of these three Lower Countys under pretence, that 
th6 they were included within the Bounds of Lord Baltimore's 
Grant, that yet, by the Preamble of the Grant of Maryland it 
appeared, that the Lands intended to be granted were only 
such as were uncultivated, from the words : hactenus inculta ; 
whereas he pretended that the three Lower Countys were long 
inhabited by the Swedes and Dutch, and consequently did not 
Pass by the Grant. 

It appears the then Lord Baltimore opposed the passing His 
Grant to the Duke of York, which Petition depended 'till the 
Demise of the then King so that such Grant never Passed, and, 

The IS*? of November 1685 Lord Baltimore's said Petition 
came on to be heard before the Lords of the Council when 


the Duke of York was King, at which time M' Penn appeared 
against Lord Baltimore as Agent of the Crown, and not on 
behalf of him self; and the Lords of the Council on such 
hearing were of opinion, that the Lands intended to be granted 
to Lord Baltimore were only Lands uncultivated and in- 
habited by savages, and therefore Judged the three Lower 
Countys to belong to His Majesty ; and their Lordships Report 
was afterwards confirmed by the King in Council ; and M! 
Penn and Lord Baltimore required to yeild obedience thereto. 

The Revolution following soon after this order was made, 
the Government of Maryland was assumed into the hands of 
the Crown, by the Reason of the then Lord Baltimore's being 
of the Roman Catholick Religion, and so continued 'till the 
year 1716 and from that time to the year 1725 Lord Baltimore 
was in Minority ; But during all this time Lord Baltimore 
and his Ancestors did ever claim the utmost limits and bounds^ 
mentioned in their Charter, but the Government after the 
Revolution probably apprehending a greater attachment to 
them from the Quakers of Pensilvania than the Inhabitants 
of Maryland, and taking the advantage of the said order in 
the year 1685 put the three Lower Countys under the care of 
the same Governor who was Governor of Pensilvania ; But 
to prevent the Penns from insisting on any Right to the three 
Lower Countys on this account, the Crown has always insisted 
on the Penns signing a Declaration to His Majesty, that His 
Majestys approbation and allowance of the Person, who was 
Governor of Pensilvania to be Likewise Governor of the 
three lower Countys, should not be construed in any manner 
to diminish or set the Right claimed by the Crown to the 
said three lower countys. 

The Penns from the Governor of Pensilvania having thus 
intrusted with the Government of the three lower Counties 



Facsimile of the Afap prepared as an Exhibit in tlie Suit brought by the Penns against Lard Baltimore 

to determine the Boundary Line. A 


soon took into their heads to endeavour to make such advan- 
tage of this accident, as to make the three Lower Counties 
considered as part of Pensilvania, and for that purpose, they 
employed People to settle and improve there, protecting them 
from paying any Quit Rents to Maryland and at the same 
time promising that they should be free from paying any 
Rents to Pensilvania Proprietors, providing they would own 
them selves their Tenants. This quickly caused these three 
Lower Counties to be Peopled and cultivated, but in such a 
situation that neither the late Lord Baltimore or the Penns 
could ever get any Rent from them, and the late Lord Balti- 
more being greatly uneasy to have so large a part of his 
Province claimed by the Penns, and being determined to 
ascertain his Rights thereto, in case it could not be agreed 
in an amicable manner, his Lordship proposed to leave it to 
Commissioners on both sides to settle the Boundaries between 
the two Provinces, and after several attempts for that Pur- 
pose, I am acquainted that articles of agreement dated the 20'? 
of May 1732 were entered into between the two Proprietors, 
Leaving to the Commissioners to run the Boundary Lines 
between the two Provinces. 

These Articles of agreement after being signed were sent and 
being laid before some Geographers in Maryland, it appeared 
to them, the late Lord Baltimore had been greatly Deceived 
and imposed upon therein, particularly that the Penns had in 
the Mapp referred to by the agreement placed Cape Henlopen 
and described it as it if had been the Whorekiln another place 
and placed Cape Cornelius where Cape Henlopen should be, 
a great distance from each other of many miles to the great 
Prejudices of the Lord Baltimore. It likewise appears that 
Lord Baltimore could not possibly receive any advantage from 
any concessions made in these Articles by the Penns, and 


Therefore had no consideration for giving up such vast tracts 
of Lands to the Penus, which would be given up in case the 
Lines should be in the manner the Penns Commissioners 
insisted on. 

The 8'^ of August 1734 it appears Lord Baltimore pre- 
ferred his petition to the Crown, humbly praying inter als,, 
his Majesty not to interpret the words, Hactenus Inculta, in a 
sense exclusive of any part of the Lands comprized within the 
Limits of his charter altho some small parts thereof should 
at the date of the charter happen to have been inhabited by 
the subjects of Foreign Powers. 

The IG*!* of January 1734, This petition I find was referred 
to the Board of Trade, their Lordships of Trade made their 
Report in Lord Baltimores Favour, upon which M"; Paris 
Agent for the Penns, inter als, presented a Petition in the 
name of the Penns, setting forth the said articles of agreement 
in 1732, and praying that the said Lord Baltimores Petition 
might be dismissed. 

The 101'' of May 1735, it also appears that the Lords of 
the Committee appointed, to be attended upon the said Petition 
and report, and My Lord President then laying before their 
Lordships, a Letter he had received from Messieurs Penns 
acquainting his Lordship, that they had directed a Bill in 
chancery to be filed for a specifick performance of the said arti- 
cles of agreement in 1732, and humbly hoping their Lordships 
would not proceed to any determination on Lord Baltimores 
petition, 'till the event of such suit in chancery should be 
known ; Thereupon their Lordships were of opinion and so 
reported to His Majesty, that the consideration of the said 
Report and Petition should be adjourn'd to the end of Mich- 
aelmas Term, that the Penns might have an opportunity to 
proceed in a Court of Equity to obtain relief upon the said 


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articles of Agreement, the said Report was confirm'd the IG'i" 
of May 1735. 

Here I leave all Enquiry of what has happen'd since, in 
which you have been so principally concern'd, and are so well 
acquainted with ; only I make these observations, That I con- 
ceive, the merits of the two charters Right has not been tryed, 
and I think it seems plain, the Penns have no colours of Title 
to the three Lower Counties. 

What is now desired and required of you for the present 
Lords Service is : As you was a Commissioner for settling the 
Boundarys of Maryland And Pensilvania appointed by the 
late Lord Baltimore, and consequently have been at the sev- 
eral disputed Places of such Boundarys ; and as by the death 
of the late Lord Proprietary the afore mentioned articles of 
agreement be entered into with the Penns, and all Proceedings 
subsequent to them, by such Death are now at an End ; his 
late Lordship by his marriage Articles being only Tenant for 
Life, and the present Lord Tenant in Tail, and therefore not 
bound by this act of his Fathers. 

The Present Lord Proprietary and his Guardians desire 
you will send me a proper Description for his Lordship's and 
their information, how the Boundarys were pointed out to 
have been settled by the said articles, and to describe wherein 
his Lordship's lather was over reached by the Penns. And 
you are desired, to propose a proper Rectitude of such intended 
Boundarys, by pointing out those, which in your Judgment 
would be the proper Boundaries for both the Provinces, Both 
as to the 40'?' Degree northern Latitude, and as also the Eastern 
and Western Division on the Eastern Shore, by a Line drawn 
from the true Cape Henlopen Northward, adjusting the Dif- 
ferences between the Penns with relation to Maryland in re- 
spect to the three Lower Counties ; For the present Lord with 


Honour and Justice to his Family and the Province of Mary- 
land, and to avoid new contentions with the Penns, to agree 
to, which his Lordship is desirous of, and that you would send 
me such charts or mapps you shall find necessary to be made, 
for explaining the same. 

In a Letter from my Nephew dated at Paris May the 6* 
1752, he informs me, and desires I will insert in my next 
Letters to Maryland, his desire of a Plan being sent to him of 
Annapolis and 'tis Environs, to be drawn by one of the best 
Surveyors ; which I recommend to your care, and hope, you 
will by the first opportunity the same. 

On almost finishing this Epistle, I have the favour of you 
very obliging Letter from Annapolis dated March the 29'_'' 
1752 which arrived by the way of Bristol, and I have but 
just time to acknowledge the Receipt thereof. 

What you relate on My Lords Affairs gives me concern, 
th6 not so sensibly affected with 111 consequences, as I regard 
the present Lord Proprietarys Property in Maryland to be so 
well secured to him, and not to be subject to any loss. Yet 
it would be of great satisfaction, if the Boundary Line you 
mention'd had not been run, A loss was it to be, including 
near 200 square Miles, hitherto to have been held under the 
Government of Maryland ; I cannot conceive the Chancellor 
here will Decree the said Line to be carried into Execution, 
it seems neither Lawfull nor Equitable, therefore I have no 
apprehension of such a Determination. 

The weak unauthorized Loss sustained, by the destructive 
articles of agreement executed by the late Lord, indeed is a 
melancholly and vexatious subject even to think on, however 
Justice will ever prevail against Fraud and deceit ; and the 
present Lord has Fortitude and Resolution and too good 
an understanding to defend himself, as not to Justify his 


Honour and Interest both in regard to him self and to 
his Province. 

M! Paris was lately with M! Sharpe, his Errand was from 
M! Penn ; MT Sharpe hinted to him of the articles of Agree- 
ment being void, Ml Paris replyed, he was afraid so, and 
said he came from the Penns, to Know if Affairs in Dispute 
between the two Proprietors, was to be amicably adjusted ; 
M! Sharpe replyed, most certain, and that the present Lord 
Baltimore was desirous of the same, and he could answer that 
the same was the sentiments of all Persons concern'd for him ; 
which would appear on My Lord's side on his arrival at age : 
Mf Paris replyed that amicably the same was the Desire of 
the Penns. Thereupon all further Discourse on this subject 
ceased, with this agreement to Rest all matters until My Lord 
was of age. 

You may depend upon the sincerity of my friendship to 
you, and that I shall always be desirous of doing you any 
good office. As to your Leave of coming over, his Lord- 
ship's Guardians, to whom I have mentioned the same. Desire 
you will postpone all such Thoughts until you have My Lords 
own Leave, which you may depend I will obtain for you at 
his coming of age, which I think will be the 6*? of February 
next ; which shall be forwarded to you by the first oppor- 
tunity afterwards ; In the mean time you will furnish me 
with such Returns to this Letter as you can, and if any thing 
shall remain to compleat the same, let such be brought with 
you. I am wishing you all Health and Happiness, with 

peculiar Esteem 

Your faithful Friend and 


Cjecil! Calvert. 



The Hon''!^ Ceecilius Calvert EsqT his Lordships 
Secretary of INIaryland to Benjamin Tasker Esq^ 
his Lordship's Agent and Receiver General 
there, concerning the Quit Rent Roll Books 
with a Plan describing how to make out the 
said Books, to be sent to England, with Di- 
rections advice and observations of and con- 
cerning the same, so as to render the said Quit 
Rent Rolls of use and true to the Lord Pro- 
prietary. Directions as to Bills to be taken 
in INIarylaud, and inquiry who Possesses the 
10000'? acres Lady Baltimores Bequest on the 
Death of Thomas Brerewood EsqT 

London May the 15*1' 1752. 

The six debt books or Quit Rent Rolls for part of Lord 
Baltimores Estate in JNIaryland for the year 1750 are come to 
hand ; But from whom is yet unknown no advice having been 
received with them ; nor do they express when the said year 
either commenced or determined. 

The said Books have outside Titles, but no inside ones or 
explanations to show what the Entrys in them mean ; They 
are supposed to stand for numbers of acres, and sums of the 
Quit Rents, and by Computations so far as have been tried 
are found to be made at the different Rates of Ten shillings "p 
100^ acres for some, one penny "^ acre for others. Four shil- 
lings "^ 1001 acres for others, and two shillings ^ 100! actes 
for others ; At which last mentioned Rates 25 acres is either 


one shilling or six pence, and for numbers of acres under 25 
at those rates, either one half penny or a farthing an acre are 
computed for them, as the nearest calculation to one shilling 
or Six pence for 25 ; and other Rates of Quit Rents may here- 
after appear to have been received. Which computations in 
many Particulars disagreeing with the quantities of acres and 
sums computed thereon ; and the said Debt books or Quit 
Rent Rolls being also found erroneous in several additions 
and carryings over of Totals from page to page, wherein totals 
are carried over, for in some they are not, it evidences their 
having been transmitted without Examination. They there- 
fore must be properly authenticated, and made out in a more 
correct and explanatory manner ; For which a form is pre- 
pared and herewith sent you, That one annual Quit Rennt 
Roll for each County may be signed by the Register and 
Collectors to remain in England as a regular annual charge, 
wherein only future additions or alterations may be noted in 
subsequent years. The Errors hitherto found on these ex- 
aminations are inlisted and sent you to show the Imperfection 
of these Debt Books of Quit Rent Rolls, for it is useless to 
spend more time in going through the whole. 

This Form supposes the reserved Quit Rents to be all on 
one Kind of Tenure ; But if otherwise ; the Quit Rent Rolls 
of Estates in Fee should be separate from those on Leases, 
and those on Leases should have distinct Rent Rolls ; The 
one Roll to be for Rents reserved on Leases for Lives, ex- 
pressing for what Lives ; and the other Roll to be for Rents 
reserved on Leases for Terms of years, expressing for what 
Terms. And it is proposed that in the said form, the Pages 
in the Register Books should be entered, to satisfy my Lord 
and his Guardians, that the Quit Rent Rolls are true by being 
taken from the Entry of the original rise of each Quit Rent. 


Then to have the owners names with the names of the Lands 
they hold, the quantitys of acres under the different Rates of 
Quit Rents each quantity are held, to be entered in distinct 
columns, and each Rent computed into the Sterling amount 
thereof to be added together, and the Totals of such additions 
where more than one parcel of Land is held by the same 
owner, to be carried into an extreme column ; which extreme 
column will then contain the annual Sum in Sterling money 
payable by each owner for his Quit Rents : And as the num- 
bers of acres held under each Rate of Quit Rents are in 
separate Columns, they will make Totals to prove the compu- 
tations to be right, either of each owners annual sum, or the 
Total of Quit Rents to any page, or of the whole Rent Roll 
of each County ; And the Quit Rent Roll of each County 
should be made out on the same sized Paper, and sent over by 
one or two Countys at a time as compleated, that they may 
be bound together in England when the whole are received. 
On perusing Instructions heretofore sent and with you, for 
granting out the Reserved Mannors and Lands in each County, 
on Leases for Lives on certain Fines and at Quit Rents of 
Ten shillings '^ 100'^ acres ; It is necessary to have a Return 
made of the several reserved mannors and Lauds in each 
County, and the names of their respective Tenants, the num- 
bers of acres with the several holdings that each claim under ; 
and an Account of what Parts now remain ungranted of the 
said Reserved Mannors and Lands in each County ; And of 
all Escheats which may have happened to the Lord Proprie- 
tary, and to have a distinct Quit Rent Roll for each County 
of the said Lease hold Rents for Lives, as before observed, to 
be made out and signed by the Register and Collectors, as the 
Quit Rent Rolls of Estates in Fee are to be, and on the same 
sized Paper, which Quit Rent Roll is to remain in England 


as a regular annual charge, wherein only future additions or 
Alterations may be noted in subsequent years. 

N. B. It appears that in St. Marys County several Parcels 
of Land are yet held under the Delivery of certain Bushels 
of wheat or other corn ; Altho by virtue of the marriage 
articles of Benedict Lord Baltimore binding on him, and 
Charles his Father and also on Charles Late Lord Baltimore 
by his and their marriage articles; no grants of Lands in 
Maryland were to be made without Reserving the Customary 
Quit Rents and it is apprehended here, that many Trials have 
been had in the Province on that account, where Grants have 
been made without such reserved Quit Rents ; To which the 
owners of such Lands have submitted to pay the said Custom- 
ary reserved Quit Rents, as in Law and Equity they alwavs 
must ; and this Right of property as to the holding having 
been so rectified and submitted to, why is it not under all 
such like cases. 

It is necessary also to have a distinct account of all the 
Tenants holding Ferrys in each County, wheter granted 
by Leases to the County Courts or private Persons ; dis- 
tinguishing the Lesers names, the Terms of years in their 
Leases, and the several reserved annual Rents thereon, to 
be made out on the same sized Paper as the other Quit 
Rent Rolls, and signed by the Register and Collectors, if 
the said leases have been registred (which ought to have 
been) or to be otherwise properly authenticated, which account 
is to remain in England as regular annual charge, wherein 
only future additions or Alterations may be noted in sub- 
sequent years. 

The Guardians for the present Lord Baltimore Lord Pro- 
prietary desire for their satisfaction, and his Lordships Infor- 
mation, answers to the following Particulars. 


Whether the Register has had the proper surveys with the 
Boundarys of each county delivered him from the Land office, 
or from whom, or where such surveys Issue; and to know 
what Quantitys of Land are still ungranted in each County 
and how scituate, and what different Quit Rents may be 
reasonably reserved for such ungranted Lands according to 
their scituation and Goodness. 

To Know on what conditions and under what Quit Rents 
the first Grants of Lands in Maryland were made, and M^hat 
alterations have happened in subsequent Grants of Lands 
under the Authoritys of the several Lords Proprietarys ; and 
the Reasons to be assigned for the different rates of the Quit 
Rents payable for the Lands so granted ; But particularly 
where different Quit Rents are reserved for different Quantitys 
of acres of the same described parcel of Land ; which appears 
to be the case by the Debt Books or Quit Rent Rolls received. 

Whether the Register ever gave the Collectors or Farmers 
proper quit Rent Rolls from the Register Books, of all the 
Lands granted in each County, with the names of their re- 
spective Parcels, to whom granted, and under what Quit 
Rents reserved ; And whether every alienation from one owner 
to another, or Escheat of Lands in fee to the Lord Proprietary 
for want of Heirs, have been registred in the Province ; and 
what Price such alienations or Sale of Lands generally bear in 
Maryland. And an Account is to be sent over of all I^ands 
possessed under Escheats, and how and by what Authority the 
same are now held, with their improved Rents. 

To whom is the first Application made in Maryland on any 
Persons applying for a Grant of Land, and in what manner 
must such Person afterwards proceed at each respective office 
or Place for obtaining such grant and the Possession of the 
Lands therein specified. 


The observations herewith sent, will be a Plan for making 
out the Quit Rent Rolls of the Eastern Shore, and whereas by 
your Letter dated at Annapolis the 24!!' of October 1751, to 
Mf John Browning, which is but lately come to my hands, 
you their mention the Rents and Rent Rolls of the Eastern 
Shore, and that the Decree had put a stop to your speedy 
Prosecution thereof, by reason of the Lines that have been 
run, and that many of the Tenants of the Lord Proprietary 
being taken in by those Lines as part of the Province of Pen- 
silvania, they will not pay Rents in Maryland : Yet it is certain 
that the articles of agreement between the late Lord Baltimore 
and the Proprietor of Pensilvania are now void, by the reason 
that the late Lord Baltimore was only Tenant for Life, and the 
present Lord Proprietary of Maryland by the settlement on 
his Fathers Marriage, is Tenant in Tail ; and therefore the 
Agreement by the Tenant for Life, cannot bind the present 
Lord Proprietary who is Tenant in Tail ; and consequently 
those Lines, cannot now take away from Maryland the present 
Proprietarys Right to those Tenants. And as this is now the 
case, and I hope understood so by the Governor; The said 
Tenants described within those Lines are now or will be as 
before be the Tenants of Maryland. 

And by another Letter dated the S"? of November last to 
the same Person, you desire to know, to whom the Bills 
hereafter to be taken in Maryland are to be made payable 
here ; whether to the present Lord, or the Executors of the 
late Lord. In answer thereto, as to the Bills for Arrears 
due to the late Lord, they must be made payable to his 
Executors; But Bills for Moneys due to the present Lord 
must be made payable to him and to his Guardians ; and 
in case any Action or Protests should be occasioned to be 
brought in either case, the one must be at the suit of the 


Executors of the late Lord, and the other at the suit of the 
Guardians of the present Lord. 

On the Death of Thomas Brerewood Esqf who was by Per- 
mission of the late Ijord Proprietary suffered to enjoy the 
Grant of Ten thousand acres the Bequest of Lady Baltimore, 
who devised the same to the Hon^!® Charlotte Brerewood, the 
Title to which, being only the gift of Charles Lord Baltimore 
the late Lord! Grand father, to his Lady, the late Lord by 
virtue of his Fathers Marriage Articles, held the Tenure of 
paying a Bushel of Indian Corn instead of money, in Quit 
Rents, to be void ; and as the said Thomas Brerewood is dead, 
you are desired to inform me in whose possession the said 
10000'? acres now are, and what rents (for the use of the present 
Lord Proprietary) are paid for the same. 

Your Letter dated the 2*^ of last month with the Papers 
inclosed, is just come to hand ; To the matters contain'd 
therein, the Guardians now being out of Town, I cannot by 
this Conveyance give you an answer. 

You have herewith an Instruction from the Guardians on 
the subject matter of this Letter, which I hope will enable you 
to perfect and do what is herein desired ; and the Lieutenant 
Governor has also au Instruction sent to him on the same 

I am very sorry That the observations of the Inaccuracys 
in the Debt Books sent over has occasioned the Guardians 
notice thereof; which inaccuracys I apprehend have pro- 
ceeded from Persons Intrusted by you, and as such, I repre- 
sented the same to the Guardians on your behalf; assuring 
them of the Honour and integrity you have always bore 
in life, which I am very sensible of, and the Guardians 
thereupon were satisfied ; not doubting but you will Exert 
yourself in obtaining what is now required. In the mean 


time you may depend upon the sincerity of my friendly 
services to you, who am 

Your real Friend and humble Servant 
Cecil! Calvert. 

P. S. The Several matters of this Letter are drawn up by 
me pursuant to the Guardians' Directions, to whom 
the same has been read. 


The Honl^ C^cilius Calvert Esq": His Lord- 
ship's Secretary of Maryland to the Hon"* 
Benjamin Tasker EsqT first of the Council of 
State, and Agent & Receiver General in the 
Province of Maryland. On the Shipping Busi- 
ness. On Ann Arundel Mannor. On Remit- 
tances by Bills of Exchange. On Capt? Hyde's 
Arrears. About the Expiration of the Farmers 
Leases of the Rent Rolls, on the Acts of As- 
sembly in May & Decf 1751. on the Death of 
the late Gov' Ogle about Palatines going to 
Maryland. About the Resignation of his Office 
of Agent. About the Forfeiture of Susque- 
hanah manner, and on Mess" Penns Petition 
to the King in Council concerning their South 


London July the 9"^ 1752/ 

Yours of the 2'^ of April last, has been by me communicated 

to His Lordship's Guardians, who have perused the same, 


and have approved by way of Answer to the Particulars as 
follow, viz. 

On the Shipping Business. That is the Tonnage I suppose 
you mean depending on Trade. It is desired to know If the 
same is taken according to the Report of the Sollicitor General, 
and the Kings Order of Council thereupon, at the Court of 
White hall the 23* of February 1692. 

For by a Law of the Province in 1661, it was enacted that 
all vessels whatsoever not properly belonging to the Province, 
having a Deck flush fore and aft, coming in and Trading 
within the Province, should pay for Port Duties and anchorage 
a Pound of Powder and Three Pounds of shot or so much in 
value, for every Ton of Burthen, to the Lord Proprietary and 
his Heirs, which Duty hath by usage been turn'd into money. 
Viz. Fourteen pence ^ Ton, and so answered to the Lord 
Baltimores, and constantly applied to their own use &c. 

For the order of Council, vide, Votes and Proceedings of 
the Lower House at a Session of Assembly the 1" day of 
May 1739. 

On Ann Arundel Mannor. The consideration this manuor 
falls under is of great Importance, as it is the most valuable 
and has the Lead ; being the first erected Lands into a mannor 
to hold Court Baron, and to have a view of Frank Pledge in 
the Provi. It was Plaun'd by the first Proprietary to inform 
his successors, that by reserving Judicially particular Parcels 
of Lands in and about the Province, such Properties in time 
would be a valuable Augmentation of Riclies to them, as the 
increase of People settling about such Premisses would in 
time make the Demand of them Lands very valuable, and 
one of the chiefest Recompence for his and their great Expence 
and Labour for the Enlargement of the Empire and Dominion 
of Great Britain. From these Branches of Property the 


Proprietaiys Revenues will increase from time to time ; All 
other Revenues issuing from Lands within the Province being 
granted out to the Purchassers in absolute Fee, are subject 
only to a small annual Quit Rent to the Proprietarys and 
their Heirs for ever. The Property of the mannors being as 
I conceive herein specify'd, his Lordship will and all concern'd 
under him must, Beware of the first Step, in fixing Rents 
that are to issue from them binding on him and his Heirs 
(according to your Proposition of Leases for 99 years for 
Ever) Yon therefore must state the case of the Tenants of 
Ann Arundel Mannor, with the conditions and Proposition 
the Tenants by oifer make to the Lord Proprietary for renew- 
ing their several Leases. Upon due Consideration thereon 
touching the Lands, and each particulars just Rights, Interest 
and advantages, you are to give your opinion and assign 
Reasons, viz. why conducive to the Lord's Consent, with the 
prejudice it will be to him, his non acceptance of the condition, 
and of his said Tenants oifers. The same you will by the 
first opportunity transmit to me, to be laid before my Lord 
and his Guardians for their consideration and answer. You 
should have meution'd the time of expiration of the said 
Leases, for it's very material the having notice at least two 
years before their Expirations, whereby the Proprietary may 
have sufficient time to determine on Affairs of such Conse- 
quence to him, by negotiation to and with the Province, as 
mav ascertain him in a rio-ht Judo-ment concerning the same. 
On your Remittances by Bills of Exchange. If you mean 
all money Bills, since the late Lords Demise, which have been 
transmitted by you, is on account for arrears due to the late 
Lord, You have done rio-ht in assignment of them to the 
Executors. As to Bills of this Lord's they ought to be as- 
signed to his Guardians ; But if by mistake you have blended 


this Lords account with the late Lord's by assignment of Bills 
to the Executors ; You must make a Distinction of the two 
Lords accounts in the stating of your general Account, the 
Guardians thinking it not material to direct any other alter- 
ation, by reason of the present Lord's being so near of age. 
Viz, the Q'^ of February 1753. Whereas Bills of Exchange 
payable to the Proprietary being drawn on all parts of Great 
Britain, are therefore by him or his Banker obliged to be cir- 
culated for payment, and consequently subject to loss in point 
of Time, or by the mislaying of Bills with the Parties on 
whom they are drawn, the difference of Exchange, and charges 
of Letters <&c ; and to loss even of the whole Bill ; as for in- 
stance, by the List of Bills of the 29'?" of November 1746 with 
you, the Bill of Exchange drawn by Benjamin Grassen on 
John Corbett at Glasgow for 40ft). M! Browning says that 
he delivered it to M: Hanbury in March 1747 and that Ml 
Hanbury did not Peturn it to you protested 'till December 
1751. You therefore see the consequence the said Bill must 
prove to you, and the Difficulty you and he will have in the 
Recovery of the same, either from the Endorsers, or on the 
Party at Glasgow on whom the said Bill was drawn. 

Whereas by Instructions to former Agents, which all suc- 
cessors in the said office were always to have Regard to ; It 
doth appear, that orders were given and executed conformable 
thereto. Viz, That all Shipping officers, as to Bills arising 
by virtue of the aforesaid Duties or otherwise, were made 
payable to the late Lord Baltimore in London (agreeable to 
the Rents which are in Sterling) except those to the payment 
of the Governor's Salary ; and were likewise to take care that 
all other Bills of Laud warrants &c. were also made payable 
to him in London. Vide Instructions to Nicholas Lowe Esq! 
Ag-ent &c dated the 5* of December 1722. How comes this 


method of Remittances to have been altered ? The Difference 
by Reduction of charges &c, as to Quantum in vahie thereby 
less received to the Proprietary is too considerable to slip 
unregarded ; and in which the Proprietary will no doubt 
substitute a Remedy. 

Upon the Demand of Account you inclosed to me of old 
Captain John Hyde, I have discoursed M!" John Hyde his 
Son, thereon, who say.s, that he is desirous of having an amic- 
able End put to all his Brother's affairs in Maryland, and will 
do every reasonable thing that can be desired of him for that 
Purpose; But he can't as an honest man be so partial as to 
give all or a great part to a few, and little or nothing to the 
many tho small Creditors of his Brother ; That he has often 
wrote to you, and now repeats it again, that when his Brothers 
Creditors are satisfied in Maryland in general, if any thing 
remains in his Power, his Intentions are to be grateful. As a 
friend I advise, be cautious if any thing comes before you 
wherein a Byass may be suggested ; try healing measures ; I 
think Mr Hyde means well to the sufferers, and concessions 
should be made for the Creditors in general I find he has 
wrote, he would rather part from Rights of his own, than seek 
to take from the Creditors of his Brother. I think you would 
find your account in attending to this advice. His Letter to 
Mf Philipp Thomas Seuy and M^ W"" Thomas acknowledges 
(which you have herewith inclosed) Lord Baltimore's Quit 
Rent as ^ account you sent me due to his Lordship and not 
paid, nor will he pay it here. You therefore must attach and 
distrain the Lands, and take all such measures as will secure 
the Proprietary his money at all Events. 

The Farmers Leases of the Rent Rolls, your advice is de- 
sired, as to the time of their Expiration. 


The several acts of Assembly passed at the Sessious of 
Assembly for the Province, begun the 15'!" of May 1751, and 
ending the 8':'' of June following, which acts have been con- 
firmed by a subsequent act of Assembly begun the T'? of 
December 1751, and the said former acts having been under 
the consideration of the Guardians, with the assistance of His 
Majesty's attorney General and his Lordship's Council : And 
as the Guardians by their Letter to you, incline to leave the 
full Consideration of the acts of Assembly in the May Sessions 
1751 to his Lordship for his Determination when he shall be 
of Age. I being present at the conference on them, and hav- 
ing taken some Minutes and observations, take leave briefly 
to add my own private Thoughts to you ; not as clashing with 
their opinions in point of Judgment on them, but as a small 
Testimony of my sincere Regard and Zeal for His Lordships 
Service, and the well being of the Province, aud means to 
remove all objections to any particular act of the said sessions, 
that may arise with his Lordship, when under his Consideration. 

The objections to the propriety or Expediency of three of 
the said Acts, as to the particular Provisions contained in each 
of them ; I have here under represented such, as I conceive 
may arise with the Lord Proprietary. 

The Act for making the Testimony of convicted Persons 
lesral against convicted Persons has occasioned great doubts 
and Difficulties, For however salutary such a Provision may 
seem as adapted to the particular Genius and present cir- 
cumstances of this Country, yet the Power of Legislation is 
Limited by charter with this remarkable restriction that the 
Laws be not repugnant, but as near as may be agreeable to 
the Laws of England. This calls for the greatest Care and 
attention to avoid doing any thing, that may bring any diffi- 
culties or Inconveniences upon the Lord Proprietary, by taking 


too great a latitiule iu the Construction of the Charter, and 
tho he will be unwilling to signify his Dissent to any Law 
passed by the Legislature of Maryland where he can possibly 
avoid it. Yet he can never give His positive assent to this 
Law without the most Deliberate consideration. 

In Respect to the Act Entituled "An Act for the more 
Effectual Punishment of x^egroes and other Slaves and for 
taking away the Benefit of Clergy from certain offenders and 
a Supplementary act to an Act Entituled an Act to prevent 
the Tumultuous meeting and other Irregularities of negroes 
and other slaves and Directing the manner of Trving Slaves. 

I can Entertain no Doubt from the great Prudence and 
long Experience in the Constitution and Genius of the Legis- 
lative Power, and in the late Lieutenant Governor, but that 
the Propriety of the several Regulations made by this Law, 
the particular Severities and Penalties it inflicts, with the 
methods of convicting offenders and the provisions laid down 
for the Discipline and Regulation of Slaves, have all received 
the most serious consideration and are found necessary for the 
well being of the Publick and the Preservation of the Com- 
munity, and are agreeable to the Ussage and Laws respecting 
slaves in the rest of His Majestys American Dominions, for 
which reasons I apprehend the General Expediency of this 
Law may very properly be referred to the Discretion of the 
Provincial Legislature, But I cannot help observing a great 
Inaccuracy at least in the Penning the 9'? section of the act 
by which a Power is given to any Person to Kill a Slave 
making resistance, and the Person Killing is indemnified 
from any Prosecution for such Killing. The Expression I 
am satisfied meant no more than to carry an Indemnity after 
the Facts had been judiciously brought by Legal Tryal within 
the circumstances prescribed by the act, and that the act ought 


to receive this construction both from the Judge and Jury, 
But, from the manner of Penning the Expression, a Doubt 
may arise whether the Killer is not to be Priviledged even 
from Indictment and Tryal ; and yet, how shall it appear, 
that the Killer was Lawfully authorized to apprehend, or that 
the Slave had offended, or had resisted, but by Evidence at 
the Tryal ; so that a Tryal is necessary to make this Excuse 
appear, and to bring in the Justification under the Act. I 
could wish to see this Inaccuracy rectified by Expressions 
more explicite to obviate every Doubt and the Inconvenieucies 
which may result from such Doubt. 

The only remaining Act which deserves a Particular con- 
sideration is " An Act to aid the Title of Purchasers of Lots 
in Princess Ann Town in Somerset county. 

And I am sorry to find His Lordship will be under a 
necessity of Dissent to this Act, as this Law is a manifest 
Invasion of his Lordship's private Property without his Con- 
sent first had and may prove a mischievous Precedent hereafter 
if not cheked in the Beginning. It Determines upon a Doubt 
of Escheat without apprizing his Lordship of his Title even 
by Extinguishing the very Right of Escheat ; It sells his 
Lordships Lands, at a price settled by the People, and not 
him self, and strips him of his Quit Rents, which had been 
reserved to him by another act not above six years before, 
without any Equivalent for what the act takes from him. 
How the act came to be passed in the Province or what 
were the particular motives of necessity or Conveniency to 
Recommend it, I am at a Loss to guess ; having received 
no information upon it further than the preamble affords, and 
therefore I can only Judge upon the act according to the 
appearance it carrys upon the face of it. Nor indeed has 
there been furnished with any other Rule or means of Deter- 


mining npon any of the acts Transmitted, in which ones 
Judgment would have been greatly assisted by a previous 
Information as to the Rise and Progress of each act, the 
springs which gave it Birth and the Ends proposed to be 
attained ; and I cannot help recoiiiending the Transmitting 
some short succinct account of this Kind to accompany the 
future acts to be transmitted for the Lord Proprietarys Ap- 

Thus, Sir, I have acquainted you with my sentiments upon 
the propriety of the said three acts of Assembly. 

As to the act relating to the Escheat and that Strips the 
Lord Proprietary of his Quit Rents which have been reserved 
to him by a former act ; I conceive the same may be ascer- 
tained to his Lordship by a supplementary and explanatory 
act, without a disagreeable negative from home; And the 
Inaccuracy of Expression in the act for the more effectual 
Punishment of negroes, may be set right also by a like sup- 
plementary and Explanatory act ; which Hints from me I 
recommend to your consideration, that you may prevail on 
the Legislative Power of the Province to Establish, in case 
another Sessions of Assembly shall happen with you subse- 
quent to this Letter ; as they will preserve the said Laws and 
remove every objection to them here ; for it will be very 
disagreeable to the Lord Proprietary to begin the Exercise of 
his Government with any Dissent, as it will be also disagree- 
able for a new Lieutenant Governor to open his Commission 
with any Dissent to former acts passed by his Predecessor. 

Herein I think my Sentiments on the said acts do not clash 
as I observed before with those who considered them on the 

As to the last mentioned acts I hope in case it should be 
necessary for you to meet a Session of Assembly before the 


arrival of a Lieutenant Governor, they will be aided by the 
Legislative Power with such supplementary and explanatory 
acts to them as may remove all objections ; especially the act 
concerning Princess Ann Town, which certainly must have 
as it now stands, My Lord's Dissent. The Consequence of 
which Dissent I am well informed, will be the occasion of a 
Dissolution to the act for the continuation of actions and 
securing the Peace and good Government of the Province 
passed in the sessions of Assembly begun the 7'? of December 
1751, wherein, that, and all the other acts passed in the May 
Sessions before are confirmed ; which will be laid before His 
Lordship when he comes of age for his consideration, with the 
said other acts. 

I now proceed to answer yours of the 6':^ of ]May last 
confirming to me the death of His Lordship's Lieutenant 
Governor, M^ Ogle, in consequence whereof you have taken 
upon you the Government, as first in the Council of State. 

I am sorry for the Loss of the Lieutenant Governor es- 
pecially it being at so momentary a time as the near Approach 
of the Lord Proprietarys being of age ; However as all things 
are subject to mortality, I am glad you have the Exercise of 
Government. The Guardians are well satisfied therewith 
from your honest Peputation. And I am informed That 
as you being first in the Council, in taking upon you the 
Government on the Demise of the Lieutenant Governor, it is 
agreeable on such accident, and has been usual throughout all 
His Majestys Plantations. I have attended the Lords for 
Trade with what you sent me for them, and their answer was, 
That they supposed it was in the customary Form and would 
be satisfactory. 

The Copy of the commission whereby the late Lord Pro- 
prietary appointed you President of the Council I laid before 


the Guardiaus, it being void ou the Demise of his Lordship, 
and you being vested in the Government of the Province as 
first in the Council, the Guardians think it unnecessary to 
renew the commission of President. 

As to the Sessions of Assembly. It may have been necessary 
to meet in June as you represent, concerning the inspecting Law 
which expires in December 1753; and I hope the Guardians 
will have the satisfaction of hearing of a regular and peaceable 
meeting of the said Assembly. As to my part I do not in 
the least doubt, but you will do every thing whilst under the 
Honourable situation for the welfare of his Lordship's Interest 
and for the good Government of the Province ; and that the 
connection you had with the late Lieutenant Governor will 
enable you to pursue his Measures as such. 

I have given a Recommendatory Letter for Mf Bartholomew 
Myer a German, who intends a visit to the Province of Mary- 
laud, whose occasion is and may be the Introduction of a 
number of Palatines into the Province, as his credit is great 
with them ; Therefore as the Increase of People is welcome 
to My Lord Proprietary s Dominion, I hope you will show 
him all such civilitys as my Letter to you imports to him, 
and desire the same from all others as Friends to the Pro- 
prietor and the Province. I have also given a like Letter to 
you committed to the care of Mess" F. and E,. Snowdeus and 
Dr. Wolstenholme, to whose care a number of Palatines now 
bound for Maryland are consigu'd ; to do such service to the 
Palatiues at their Lauding, for conducting them to the place 
of their Settlement in Maryland, as by my said Letter will 
appear ; which services must be done at the most moderate 
Rate in respect to the Lord Proprietor, and so as to answer 
such requisites as are necessary to their service. 


Yours of the 19'.'' of April came to my hands after that 
of the 6'* of May last, and I am very much obliged to you 
for your kind Reception of M' Pye who is a Relation of the 

I make no manner of doubt, nor I think will his Lordship 
have at his coming of age, when I shall lay before him, the 
consequence of your several pecuniary transactions, how bene- 
ficial they have been to his Fathers Revenues, and are now 
established to his present Lordship ; of which he certainly 
will be sensible when he considers the same, how they have 
been improved from time to time during your acting in the 
agent and Receiver General's office. As to your resignation 
of this office, whereof you have wrote to my Lord, your 
Letter I have forwarded to His Lordship ; but you must 
postpone all present Thoughts thereof until his Lordship's 
coming of age ; at which time according to your desire my 
Lord will give you his Information concerning the same, 
which I shall apprize his Lordship of, it being your Request. 

As to the Susquehanah manner, I cannot at present send 
you the Proofs as you desire concerning the Talbots Forfeiture 
of the same ; But I have spoke to M! Sharpe one of his 
Lordship's Guardians, who has directed me to give orders to 
Ml Hamersley his Clerk and a Sollicitor at Law to make the 
Inquiry and to obtain proper Evidence thereof from the Com- 
missioners of the Forfeited Estates in the year 1715, in which 
I shall loose no time in obtaining and sending to your care. 

Here is one My Brooks in London, called Doctor, he has 
been to wait upon me, and I find by him he has practiced 
Surgery in Maryland. The Intercourse between us has been 
with civility, he has wrote me a Letter lately professing much 
Esteem for me, but as my being concern'd in Transactions of 
Afi'airs for my nephew, and he expecting daily to act as agent 


coucerning Remonstrances coming from Maryland, in which 
he shall do (as he calls it) his Country service, is afraid it will 
break off all further Correspondence between us. What he 
means I know not ; however, if true, it shows there are some 
111 designing People, who are consulting to disturb the Quiet 
and Peace of the Affairs belonging to the Province ; and of 
which I apprize your for your Inquiry, as also to let me know 
the character of the said DT Brooks. 

Inclosed is a Copy of Messieurs Penns petition to the King 
in Council coucerning the South Bounds of Pensilvania, which 
if fairly Run, I think will meet with uo obstructions either 
from the Lord Proprietary or the Inhabitants of Maryland ; 
however as the Maryland Northern Boundarys are not speci- 
fied in the said Petition, so as to desire Commissioners to act 
in concert with commissioners for Pensylvauia ; and the said 
petition having been referred to the Lords for Trade and 
Plantations, the Lord Proprietarys Guardians have in that 
office entered their caveat thereto ; as a means to be heard as 
to what shall be relative to run the said south Boundary of 
Pensilvania, in regard as it may effect the North Boundary of 
Maryland ; which I inclose to you for your private Satis- 
faction and all those concern'd in the Establishment of the 
proper Boundarys between the two Provinces ; and I hope a 
Prelude to the Penns being convinced that the late Lord's 
articles of agreement with them concerning all Boundarys 
between the said Provinces, is void, by reason of the late 
Lords Marriage Settlement, so as not to bind the present 
Lord under so injudicious an Agreement. 

You have herewith a Letter from the Guardians, and the 
Instructions they have sent from time to time. I think it 
will be right for you to consult with M! Secretary Jennings 
in all Publick affairs ; as to vacancys in the Council of state. 


yoii would do well to have the general opinion of the said 
council for the filling up such vacancys, unless you have very 
particular Reasons to the contrary. I beg pardon for intrud- 
ing upon your Power with this advice, which I hope will be 
acceptable to you, as my offering is with good intention. 

Before I conclude this informs you (tho not proper to be 
publickly known) after thanking you for your good wishes 
to me, that ou considering my state of health and Time of 
Life, I have declined the Guardians offer of the Government 
to me, and as I am sure, it will be better supplied by another 
more proper Person in all Capacitys. 

By advice from abroad. My Lord is in his way to England, 
and soon expected. I am wishing you a good Judgment in 
all things, with peculiar Esteem and Respect 

Your most obedient humble Servant 
Cecil! Calvert 

Post. In an Article of my last Letter to the late Governor 
I mentioned a Request the Speaker made to him by the desire 
of Sir George Loe, on behalf of M! Youngs son being pro- 
moted to some Employment when opportunity offer'd, which 
I now renew to you. 

In the Sessions of Assembly the T*? of December 1751. 
there is voted an Address to the Kings most Excellent Majesty 
from the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly on account 
of the Death of the late Prince of Wales, which Address, 
together with an Address on the Demise of the late Lord 
Proprietary, were both voted in the former Sessions in May. 
The Latter having arrived, That to His Majesty was presented 
by the Earl of Holdernesse Secretary of State, and was by 


His Majesty most graciously received ; and which I notified 
to the late Lieutenant Governor, in my Letter to him of the 
IS*? of May last, the Guardians desire of his acquainting both 
Houses, of His Majestys Gracious acceptance thereof; as also, 
that on the Death of the late Lord Proprietary their Thanks 
on behalf of the present Lord Proprietary for the same, he 
being abroad ; which I hope has been done by you to both 
Houses, pursuant to the said Publiclv Letter. 

Your general account I have received, but have not yet 
had time to look into it, so soon as I have I shall return 
you answer thereto. 

As to your remittances, the following lists of them, with 
their Bills have come to hand, viz. 

The List of the 8'^' of Jany 1751, to the 

amount of, £1844 - 9 - 4 

T>'° of the W!} of September &1 £1551-6-7 
The List of the 24* of October 1751 to the 

amount of, £3401 - 3 - 4 

m of the 81^ of November Dto. £1512-5-4 

D'_° of the 20'!^ of April 1 752 D? £2013 - 3 - 6 

D? of the 20^.'^ of May D? £1041 - 5 - li 

Note : M! Browning makes the October List amount to 

£3401 - 3 - 7 




The Hon''!'^ Ctecilius Calvert Esq! His Lord- 
ship's Secretary of Maryland to the Hon^?^ Ben- 
jamin Tasker Esq! first in the Council of state 
there, for assisting the Palatines embarked for 
Maryland on board the Ship Patience Captain 
Steel on their arrival there. 

Loudon July the 9* 1752./. 

By the Ship Patience, Captain Steel, a number of Palatines 
are embarked for Maryland to settle there, which being noti- 
fied to me, and a Recoiilendation to you desired of me, in 
favour of Messieurs F & R. Snowdens & D. Wolstenholme to 
whose care they are consigned and recomended. 

I therefore desire you will give such necessary Assistance to 
these People on their Arrival, to forward them to Manockesy 
(which I understand is in Frederick County) or where else they 
shall want to go to settle within the Province, as is in your 
Power, and that they may be accohiodated in a proper manner; 
But the charges attending any such service to them must be 
done in the most moderate manner in respect to the Proprietor 
and to answer their Requisites necessary to their Service. 

The increase of People being always welcome, your pru- 
dence would have supplied this Letter in a Kind Reception of 
them ; never the less as particular occasions may require your 
favour, I conclude my Recommendation of them, in giving 
them all possible satisfaction relating to the manner and Place 
they shall Choose to settle in Maryland, I am. Sir, 

your most obedient Servant 
CaECiL^ Calveet. 



The Honble Csecilius Calvert Esq! His Lord- 
ship's Secretary of Maryland to Edmund Jen- 
nings EsqT Secretary in Maryland to be informed 
of the numbers of Members in Both Houses of 
Assembly and of all Offices and Officers con- 
stitued in Maryland. 

Additional Thoughts concerning the Boundarys ; 
on three of the Acts of Assembly in May Session 
1751 ; on the Lieutenant Governors Death & 
M! Taskers taking upon him the Administration 
of the Government ; and to know in whose care 
the Secretarys Office is to be left when M' Jen- 
nings has leave to come to England. 

London July the 9*'^ 1752./. 

The Lord Proprietor is of opinion, that the best way to 
Govern men, is to gain their Affections, and as one of his 
greatest and constant cares will be, to make the Marylanders 
taste happiness of his Government, and to make his Power, as 
far as he can insensible to them, the good of the State of his 
Province being his first Thought, and not understood by him 
the Good of the State a vain fantastical name, but the real 
Benefit of those who compose it. 

The State of his civil Government in himself, and composed 
jointly in Two Houses of Assembly. The upper, under his 
own appointment, or his by his Powers delegated to his 
Governor for such purpose ; The Lower by the choice of the 
Freemen, return'd their Representatives : which Bodys Poli- 


tick are by his authority summons'd to form and substitute 
the legislative capacity, uuder his sanction, for the well being 
and mutual advantage of all Persons in his Province. These 
being the Chief machines of his Government, he has injoin'd 
me, as he is desirous at his coming to age of all Knowledge of 
his Affairs actuated within his Province ; and as he can not 
attain a clear understanding thereof, but by the means of 
being rightly informed of all Powers Authorities and offices 
constitued by his Ancestors, with their several Jurisdictions 
appertaining and the Transactions that doth Issue forth from 
them respectively. 

I here send you a List, for My Lord's Information thereon 
from you viz. 

11' How many members compose the Upper House of 

Assembly, what are the Officers of that House ? 
2"! How many members compose the Lower House ol 

Assembly what are the officers of that House ? 
3^ Chancellor or Keeper of the Great Seal 

officers under him. 
^th Pi.gsi(Jent of the Council, officers 

under him. 
5'^ Church Livings, how many 

& Counties & Parishes ? 
6'^ Judges, how many? 
7'^ Commissary General 

officers under him ? 
S^} Attorney General ? 
9* Judge of Admiralty Court 

officers under him ? 
10'.*' Court of Appeals 

officers in that Court ? 


ll*h Ao;ent and Receiver General 

officers under him ? 
] 2"» JSTaval Officers, how many 

officers under them ? 
IS'.*" Rent Roll Keepers? 
14'!' Sheriffs of Countys 

officers under them ? . , 

And all other offices not set down here, you are desired to 
inlist, with the additions of the several names of all Persons 
holding offices &c now in Possession, with the Rates of value 
^ ann as each may produce, to the best of your Intelligence 
Knowledge and belief. Your Return with dispatch to me for 
his Lordship's Information concerning the same. Will be giv- 
ing great satisfaction to the Lord Proprietary. The advantage 
of your fidelity Duty and Friendship therein, will meet with 
Reward by the peculiar mark of his Favour, amongst the rest 
of your services. 

I now proceed by way of intelligence to relate to you my 
additional thoughts concerning the Boundarys. The late Lord 
Proprietarys Articles of agreement and the Papers relative to 
the Proceedings of the Commissioners appointed, as well by 
the late Lord Baltimore as Messieurs Penns, to run the Lines 
between the two Provinces of Maryland and Pensilvania, 
according to the articles dated the 10'^ of May 1732. since 
my last to you of the 15*.^ of May, have fallen into my hands. 

The Draught or plan printed in the margin of the Agree- 
ment sent over from America to the Partys to the said 
Agreement by their resp. Agents in those Parts, by which 
the Agreement was to be explain'd and understood, is, as to 
particular Parts, if not the whole falsely charted and described. 
As for Instance In respect to Cape Henlopen, the fraud is 


Evident beyond contradiction, for Cape Cornelius is sub- 
stitued and laid down northward in the Plan where Cape 
Henlopen is, and has been described, as appears by all 
charts of those parts down to this time, and is evidently 
so admitted by the Penns own Private Map, in which they 
call the Cape Henlopen as appears in the Plan, the false 
Cape, fixing and describing the Cape Henlopen northward 
at the mouth of Delaware Bay, where it's falsely described 
by name Cape Cornelius, printed in the Plan and in the 
margin of the agreement aforesaid. 

As to the twelve miles circle distance from Newcastle, be- 
ing drawn horizontal miles contended for by the Pensilvania 
Commissioners or superficial miles as insisted by the Maryland 
Commissioners. It seems not necessary that the whole Circle 
should be performed, the Penns being lutitled to the Lands 
north and South within this Circle ; The only use being to 
fix where the north and South Line drawn from the Cape 
Henlopen line will fall on the Circle as to the tangent Line ; 
If that Line proceeds due north and South, then it will fiiU 
on the End of that Radius which is drawn twelve miles due 
west from the Centre at Newcastle, and consequently a due 
west Radius being drawn there and a small segement of a 
Circle southward of that Radius is all that is necessary ; and 
this may be done by superficial measurement : and this seems 
certainly to be the Intention of the Parties when they executed 
the articles ; For they could not intend a imaginary line drawn 
in the air, they must have meant an actual Line to be drawn 
on the Earth ; as the usual measurement of Land is by the 
chain on the Earth, and not taken by observation. It being 
a Terrestial object to pass and as such only to be Run with 
certainty upon the Earth by the Chain superficially, which 
contains the Quantity of soil known with Exactness. 


As to the fifteen miles due South of Philadelphia, I eau't 
conceive what could induce Lord Baltimore to substitute this 
Article. The Pensilvania Charter as to its Bounds viz. on 
the East by Delaware River and on the south by the twelve 
Miles Distance from Newcastle northward and westward. 
Now a westerly Line run at the End of the twelve miles 
Distance Northward and Westward of Newcastle, appears as 
a right Line to conclude the North Boundary of Maryland, 
and South Boundary to Pensilvania. The Maryland Charter 
says, north unto that part of Delaware Bay on the north 
which lyeth under the fortieth Degree of Northerly Latitude. 
And the End of the twelve miles distance northward and 
westward of Newcastle, would certainl}^ reach the full extent 
of the North part of the Delaware Bay, and the End of the 
twelve miles distance as aforesaid, seems to compleat fully 
the south Boundary of Pensilvania described by its charter. 
Therefore I conclude the said fifteen miles by Articles sub- 
stituted, they must I fear have over-reached Lord Baltimore 
cousiderabl}' iu prejudice, as to Loss of Country at the Head 
of the Bay of Chesopeake. 

As to Cape Henlopen. It depends upon the Extent and the 
scituation of its being ascertained, and the Point for drawing 
of the Line to be fixed as equally for both sides as it can, by 
Coiuissioners according to their owaJudgment, by such Lights 
as can be got, so as to fix the Point fairly between both Parties 
by splitting any difference between them. The Point being 
agreed to, the East and West Line to run from the Cape to the 
middle of the Peninsula, and the strait Line from the Westward 
Point thereof Northward up the Peninsula unto the twelve 
miles Circle, round New Castle, would be easily performed. 

As to the great work of conclusion this Lord may have 
with his Adversaries, setting aside his Fathers Articles of 


Agreement with them, by which means he may arrive to con- 
stitute a new Agreement, In order thereto I conceive, he must 
be furnish'd with all Incidents and circumstances necessary to 
this. To throw the fullest Lights upon the Point in Contro- 
versy, those to be collected either from Reciprocal Admissions, 
or the Testimony of Witnesses, confirmed by exact Plans and 
Charts, Locally and truly deleniated, supported by Proof to 
uphold his Construction, and Impeach tlieirs. His cause thus 
really produced, will enable him to determine ; also to sup- 
port the Rectitude thereof, before the Lords, at the Council 
Chamber, where its Determination properly belongs. By 
Report from their Lordship's to His Majesty in Council for 
its final Conclusion. 

I send you these observations as a means of your under- 
standing what sense I have of this important Dispute between 
Lord Baltimore and the Penns ; and in which I shall be glad 
to be better improved as to Knowledge therein by your advice 
and Judgment. 

I now proceed to say something relative to some particular 
acts of Assembly passed at the Session of Assembly begun in 
May 1751, which acts have undergone the most deliberate 
consideration of his Lordship's Council at a Conference with 
the Attorney General, and the said acts being confirmed by a 
subsequent act passed in th» December Sessions following, which 
act having been laid before the Guardians, as well as the former 
acts, and tho by the Guardians Letter to M! Tasker, they have 
inclined to leave the full consideration of them to My lord at 
his coming of age, yet I shall briefly add as a matter between 
US, my own private sentiments for your consideration, viz. 

Pi An Act to make the Testimony of convicted Persons 
Legal against convicted Persons. 


2^ An Act for the more effectual punishment of negroes 
and other Slaves &c. 

St An Act to Aid the Title of Purchasers of Lots in Prin- 
cess Ann Town. 

As to the first. This Law seems to me, not only expedient, 
but indeed necessary for the Safety and good Government of 
the Province, for now this Disability is in truth become a 
Priviledge, and the Infamy of any convict is a shield to pro- 
tect himself and all his Fraternity from the hands of Justice. 
This inconvenience can never be felt in England, because our 
Felons here, are either dispatch'd by Execution, or removed by 
Transportation, by which last means they become a numerous 
Body in the Plantations, so that as the Law stood before this 
act, if a convict had cuiiing enough to make choice of proper 
accomplices, he might commit the highest crime with impunity. 
Nor do I see this Provision is repugnant to the true spirit of 
the English Laws, so as to raise any serious objection. 

The Charter gives a Latitude to vary in some cases from the 
Law of England, which Leaves a Liberty to the Legislature to 
deviate where it shall be necessary or Expedient for tlie Colony. 

And further, whether the Practice of admitting accomplices 
in England to be witnesses before conviction, does not in 
reason justify the Propriety of this act ; For altho according 
to common sense the witness confessing his Guilt is equally 
undeserving of credit before conviction, as he would be after 
conviction ; yet his Evidence is constantly received, because 
otherwise offenders here could not be brought to Justice. The 
same necessity therefore in another Country seems to authorize 
the like practice tlio it may be as to form repugnant, as to 
want the Letter of the English Law, yet it will be substan- 
tially agreeable to the Spirit of it. 


As to the second. Every innocent man is truly indemnify'd 
from all prosecutions, and yet if he is charged with a crime, 
he ought to prove his Innocence ; I don't suppose from the 
Inaccuracy in the Penning this Law, it was to be understood 
he was not to do so by Tryal ; But as doubt may arise 
whether the Killer is not to be priviledged even from Indict- 
ment and Tryal, and yet, how shall it appear, that the Killer 
was Lawfully authorized to apprehend, or that the slave had 
offended, or had resisted ; but by Evidence at the Tryal, so 
that a Tryal is necessary to make this Excuse appear, and to 
bring on the Justification under the act. 

I could wish to see this Inaccuracy rectified by Expressions 
more explicite to obviate every doubt aud the Inconveniencies 
which may result from such Doubt. 

As to the third. It certainly invades the private Property 
of the Lord Proprietary, there being no saving clause for 
preserving his Quit Kents, aud it determines upon a Doubt 
of Escheat without apprizing his Lordship of his Title even 
by extiuguishing the very Right of Escheat. Therefore I 
think it reasonable, his Lordship should reject it for the Sake 
of its Precedent. 

I thought proper to give you these Hints of the said acts, 
being observations I have made, after hearing the several Pro 
and Con Arguments at a conference held at the Attorney 
Generals house in Chancery Lane, on the subject of the Laws 
passed at the said Assembly. 

My observations on these Laws, I have in my Letter in- 
serted to M^ Tasker, which vary in some parts as to particulars 
from what I here insert to you ; viz' as to the Convict act, as 
it will take up His Lordship's most Deliberate consideration ; 
as to the two other acts, I have hinted to him, which I do the 
same to you, that in case another Sessions of Assembly should 


happen after the Receipt of his Letter, the said Laws might 
have supplementary and explanatory acts to preserve them, 
and remove every objection to them here when his Lordship 
comes of age to take tliem into consideration ; such explanatory 
Laws being obtained, will be very agreeable to His Lordship ; 
as at taking upon him the Exercise of his Government, he 
would be very desirous of avoiding all occasion of Dissent to 
any of the Laws that shall be then laid before his Lordship, 
which have been passed in Maryland during in his Minority. 
Therefore I hope you will Exert your self as to this Ser- 
vice and completion thereof for His Lordship's Ease and 

Thus concludes my sentiments on the said several acts which 
are to undergo the consideration of the Lord Proprietary when 
he comes of age ; as also the act for the continuation of actions 
and securing the Peace and good Government of the Province, 
which confirms the acts of May Sessions before. 

I acknowledge the Peceipt of your several Letters of the 
9* & 30'? of April, and 6*:? of May last ; wherein you have 
informed me both of the Lieutenant Governors Illness and 
Death, and of M! Tasker's taking upon him the Adminis- 
tration of the Government ; which the Guardians are satisfied 
with. M! Sharpe with whom I have more opportunity to 
converse, is of entire opinion, that by the Demise of the late 
Lieutenant Governor, had not M! Tasker had the Pight by 
Law, he being first of the Council, his Right in taking upon 
him the Government, has been exercised as a Pule on such 
accidents throughout all His Majestys Plantations. Ml Tasker 
being invested with the Government, the Guardians have trans- 
mitted to him Copys of the Instructions sent by them to the 
late Lieutenant Governor, as a Rule for his Administration, 
until another Lieutenant Governor shall be appointed ; leaving 


to him such Powers relating to all offices, matters and Things 
as have been heretofore Exercised by Lieutenant Governors. 

I have made known to M! Sharpe the contents of your 
several letters since the Demise of the Lieutenant Governor. 
He hopes and trusts all things will be well ; and that you 
will exert yourself in the Service of the Lord Proprietor and 
the Province in all Concerns for the welfare of both ; and in 
giving your advice and Assistance to M! Tasker, the most 
conducive for carrying on his Administration, on my own 
part I have advised M! Tasker to consult you in all things 
relative to the Publick ; and concerning the filling upon of 
Vacancys in the Council, to take if possible the general 
opinion of such Council therein, agreeable to your Hint. 

There is an Inbarkation of Palatines going to Maryland 
consigned to Messieurs L. & R. Snowdens & Dr. Wolsten- 
holme, whom I have recommended to Ml Tasker ; as also 
M! Bartholem Myer a German Gentlemen who intends to 
visit Maryland, and may be the occasion of numbers of Pala- 
tines coming over. I therefore communicate the same to you, 
to be aiding and assisting in all kind offices and civilitys on 
these occasions. 

I hope e'er this you have received mine of the Ib^^ of May 
last, in which I inform'd you that I would obtain my Lord's 
Leave when he came of age, for your coming to England ; 
however I shall be glad to understand from you in whose 
Possession and Care you intend to leave the management of 
the Secretarys office in, during your absence ; as the Knowl- 
edge of that is very material to me. And now I shall open 
to you a Secret, not at present to be divulged publickly, which 
is, my Refusal of the Government from the Guardians, on 
account of my state of Health, and a single man, and time of 
life, as inconsistent with my acceptance thereof: There are 


other Persons, whose time in life and capacitys will better sute 
the holding so important a Trust, whose Lot that will fall on 
is not yet fixt, such Determination will be Resolved when my 
lord arrives from abroad, whom I daily Expect. Imagine 
that immediately after his Lordship's coming of age, a new 
Lieutenant Governor will take by the first shipping his Passage 
to the Province (It may happen before) Tho indeed I cannot 
see how it well can be done sooner, by reason that if a Person 
was now to set out in such capacity, he must have a new 
commission after the 6*!" of February next, the expiration of 
the Lord Proprietary's majority, which would create repeated 
Troubles to the Province, by the Calling and recalling of 
Assemblys &c. 

Whatever Resolutions may be taken concerning the pro- 
gress of all Affairs in the Interim, you may depend of hearing 
from me relating thereto. As to all Letters you have from 
time to time wrote to M5 Sharpe, I have not seen them, but 
have acquainted him with your uneasiness in not hearing from 
his relating thereto ; whereupon I expect he will write you 
by this Conveyance. I am, wishing you all Health and 


Your real Friend and humble Servant 

Cecil! Calvert. 

Post. Inclosed is a Copy of Messieurs Penns Petition to the 
King in Council concerning the South Bounds of Pensilvania, 
which if fairly Run, I think will meet with no obstructions 
either from the Lord Proprietary or the Inhabitants of Mary- 
land ; however as the Maryland Northern Boundarys are not 
specified in the said Petition, so as to desire Commissioners to 
act in concert with Commissionei's for Pensilvania ; and the 
said petition having been referred to the Lords for Trade and 
Plantations : 


The Lord Proprietaiys Guardians have in that office Entered 
their caveat thereto ; as a means to be heard as to what shall 
be relative to run the said South Boundary of Pensilvania, 
in regard as it may effect the North Boundary of Maryland ; 
which I inclose to you for your private satisfaction and all 
those coucern'd in the Establishment of the proper Boundarys 
between the two Provinces ; and I hope a Prelude to the 
Penns being convinced that the late Lord's articles of agree- 
ment with them concerning all Boundarys between the said 
Provinces is void, by reason of the late Lords Marriage Settle- 
ment, so as not to bind the present Lord under injudicious 
an agreement. 

See Guard Book for Copy of Messieurs Penns Petition to the 
King; in Council. 



[Original Draft.] 

M! Sec^ Calvert to the Rev'f M! Bacon Rector 
of S' Peters Parish Talbot County. Contents. 
Of his Lef.^ &cl; of the Charity Working 
School ; concerning the Clergys Petition to the 
Bishop of London, & of the State of the In- 
spection Tobacco Law to the Clergy. Of the 
Proceed^^ of the Parochial Clergy. Of a Chari- 
table Fund in Support of Widows & children 
of the Clergy. Of the State of the Clergy 
MT Sec^.^ Gift to the School. 


London Jan? 5* 1754 


I have y" Dec^ 23" the 4'!' & 24'!^ of Aug' with the Copy 
of the Proceed^.' of the Parochial clergy of Maryland Dated 
the 22^ of Aug* last with yf observations on the Present State 
of the Clergy. I had not been so long Silent in Acknowled! 
y", but by reason of time, his Lordl^ consideration to the 
GovT on y! Request " For the Benefit of a Charity Working 
School to be set up in the Parish of S' Peters in Talbot 
County." His IjordP Directs to inform you, he has considered 
the General Plan, with y^ Proposals & Rates relative to the 
School. The Advantages that may Arise from such a Scheme 
gives him Happiness, the tendency being to Promote Religion 
& Industry in his Government ; and as a peculiar Mark of 
his Favour with the Means to forward so Pious & Public 
Benefit, He has sent Instructions to M! Lloyd his Rec! Gen! 
to pay into the hands of the Treasurer of the School, on order 
Drawn on him Signed by the Trustees of the School when 
Elected & of w'!!' he desires you will advise them of; Vizi The 
sum of one Hundred Guineas as a ffree Gift, to be laid out as 
you & the Trustees think fit ; and the further sum of Twenty 
five Pounds pT ann : as a Gift of Lady Baltimore's for the 
Benefit of the School ; to be paid by two half yearly paym'f to 
commence from the Date of his Instruction & so to continue 
paid by him the Rec5 Gen! & all succeeding to that office, 
unless His LordE His Heirs successors & Assigns as Lord 
Proprietors shall Signify to the contrary. Of yT request of 
the Boys of the School to be called Baltimore Boys, His 
Lord! gives consent to stile them so, as Additional Token of 
his Favour & Approbation. He thanks you for your oblig- 
ing Dedication & Edifyed Sermon, Preached on the occasion 
at S^ Peters Parish the 23^ of Aug^ 1752. 


Concern? the Tobacco Petition mention'd in y? the 4*i' of 
Aug' sent to the Bishop of London & Sign'd by some of the 
Clergy, of w^ Number you say M" Harris inform'd me you 
was one. His mention was to this Effect ; that he heard you 
had sign'd it, w^ Surprised him, as he understood your sense 
of the Law was 'its being Beneficial, therefore credit'd not 
y! Signing. If true, you had been grossly imposed upon. 
I have had no sight of the Petition, but am inform'd the 
Reasons Aledged therein in Support of it are inconsistent to 
the Public & the clergys Property & that the contents Sur- 
pris'd the Bishop, the Complaint appearing to him Needless. 
The State of that Law call'd the Inspection Tobacco Law, by 
you set forth is of utility and needs no apology for the trouble 
you are pleased to say you give me, for so true an insight into 
the very being & Nature of that Law & of whom it doth 
concern. By the Law an Indulgence is given to those who 
neither by Servants or Slaves make Tobacco ; they may pay 
the Clergyman in Money at the rate of 1276^ Maryl? Curr^ 
for every Hundred pounds of Tobacco & so pro-rata due to 
them. The same paym' to all the Officers in the Province 
from the Governor to the Constable. If this be an objection 
it ought to cease, when it is considered that 12^/6^ CurrT is 
equal to 874*^ Sterf ; so that even upon a Supposition that a 
Clergyman was to receive his whole Dues in Money, they 
would amount to as much as his Tobacco would have produced 
prior to the Law of 1747, and more, from the good Quality 
of Tobacco by the Inspection Law. I presume the above 
objection as I am informed is the Foundation you mention 
of the Rev'' Ml" Adams complaint Sign'd with the other Clergy 
to the Bishop of London. I Learn he Lives in a Parish 
where very little Tobacco is made & is mostly paid in Curr-y, 
by w!" means he says he does not reap the Benefit of the Law 


of 1747 in proportion to the rest of his Brether" I think it 
can't be said with Propriety he Loses by the Law, as his 
Parish is intrinsically worth at least as much under the Law 
of 1747 as it was before. The Inspection Law is enacted for 
the improvera' of the Staple of Tobacco. The same Virginia 
Law has near Doubl'd their Staple of Tobacco. The Mary- 
land Law by the Merch'.' here has had all the good effects that 
can be expected by the quantity being stinted as to Number 
of Slaves, is by cultivation so improved on Sale that has 
enabled those who owed Debts to discharge them, & others 
to live in a Comfortable & improving manner. His LordP is 
pleased with yy sentiments & Approbation of the Law & rests 
well-satisfyed of yy inclination to his Service & the Public's, 
w^ he Regards one & the same. 

Your inclosed Copy of the Proceedings of the Parochial 
Clergy of the Province his Lord? has perused. 'Tis with 
concern he observes that the Meeting & Proceedings was 
attended with Dispute, as he bears all Benevolence to so 
Reverend a Body, the Pastors of his Religious Church in 
the Province. He Applaudes your Propositions — "Your con- 
sideration for a charitable Fund to be raised by subscription 
towards the Support of the Widows & Education of the Chil- 
dren of the Brethren Left Destitute, with tlie other Matters 
of yy colleges as Teachers of Christianity. However, as these 
Matters are of importance & of w^ he would conclude with 
the Gent^ Clergy of his Province, yet he thinks the latter 
shouf subside until he shall have consulted the Bishop of 
London thereon. The observations inclosed from you, on the 
present State of the Clergy is amazement ! & confirms y1 
Reasons for Amendment & his Lord?^ care of Presentee's to 
Benefice. Inclosed you have his Lord^i Lety Y! Honesty & 
real Intelligence for the Wellfare of his Lord^^ Aifairs is obli- 


gatoiy, infused with known Spirit of human Dealings & 
Learn'd Abilities, useful & Instructive to me as Provincial 
Sec^ in w^ Station & in all other, I am with peculiar Esteem 

Yy true 

Friend & Serv' C^cil! Calvert, 

Post. I have desir'd M! Lloyd 

to pay £5 a year to yl" School on my Acco* 



London JanT the 5'?' 1754 

Your obliging Letter the 4"' of Aug* and your Regard to 
me and my Affairs since my Arrival to the Proprietorship, 
you have here my peculiar Thanks. And of my Token of 
your Merit, you will receive from the Lieutenant Governor 
my Provincial Certificate of Chaplainship with the Scarf. 
Lady Baltimore sends you lier Compliments for your kind 
Expressions with Regard for her. You will hear further of 
My Consideration, from My Lieutenant Governor, M'' Cal- 
vert Provincial Sec? and M^ Lloyd My Reef General. 

I remain with Esteem your Friend 
F. Baltimore. 

To the Rev'^ Tho' Bacon Reef: of S^ Peters in Talbot County, 




My Seer Calvert To Edw* Lloyd Esq!^ Rec! 
Gen? & of the Council contents. Of Bills of 
Exch' Of Pilots to be Licensed. Of the abuse 
of his Lord':' Manors & of rectifying the same. 
Of Talbot Manor. Of the Rent-RoU Keeper 
of the East Shore his bad conduct. Of Books 
of the Rent charge returned & of Rentals to be 
returned. On Town Lands by Acts of Assem- 
bly & Farthing Fractions of the Debt Books 
& of Rent in Grain. Of M! Thomas's bad 
Stewardship & his Lord^' Approbation of Mild- 
ness to his Tenants. Of Remark on Quit- 
Rents. Of Protested Bills, & of paym' to a 
Charity School of Utility to Agriculture. Of 
the Farmers paym*' & of Bills of Exch^.^ Con- 
cern? My Cha' Goldsborough. Of Protested 
Bills & of Bills of Exch^." & of Morton Manor 
& Reward to My Ward for his Discovery of 
Right to his Lordf & of Exaction of the 
Farmers of Rent upon those who tender paym* 
in iforeign Coin or Paper CurT in Lieu of 
Sterl? Of the Price of Tobacco. Of the 
Kings Temporary Line. Of the advancem' in 
Value of his LordP^ Manor Lands. Of the 
Arrerages of Rent due from the East Shore, 
M!^ Tilghman's Ill-conduct therein & of his 
return of Debt Book for Kent County. Of 


County Courts ab' liaugers & of Ordinary 
Licences. Of Ml Ross's conduct. Of Gold & 
Silver. Of Cash a Legal tender. Of the Par- 
liam*.' consideration on the Country of the Ohio 
&c^ Pos* Of Protests of Exch^." & of a Let: 
of Attor^ to M: Tasker from the late Lords 
Ex-:^ for Recover? of Protested Bills. 

London Dec!^ the 10"^ 1754 

Arrived y" the P.' of March & 2"^ Bills of Exch':'' on My 
Lords Acco' the first acknowledged rec'^ in My former Let^ the 
Am* £1868 : 17. U. Y'' the 9'^ of May of Pilots you say, 
"You have prevailed with one Rich^ Bryant to take out a 
Licence," the Example 'tis hoped will induce others to do the 
same. His Lord? Approves of y! Method to incline them to 
his Right, the acknowledgem* is a triffle ; tis his Right & 
of consequence to the Safety of Trade ships, therefore material 
in Pilot? in & out of the Bay of Chesepeak & Principal Rivers 
of His Province. I have recom"? to the Merch? their giving 
orders to the Captains of Ships to Employ only Licenced Pilots. 

Yl observation, of the Ill-treatment of the Proprietor's 
Manors & the Tenements is so glaring abuse of former Gov" 
& Agents Recev' Gen'.^ as seems to cancel obligation for them ; 
their Suifering the Manors & Reserved Lands Let under no 
conditions of Restriction upon the Tenants, the Lands have 
been impoverish'd & Pillaged of the Timber, that occasions 
them Un-Tenanted. It is a great satisfaction the hear? His 
Excell^ & you give attention con^ & that you will set them 
shortly in a clear view before the Proprietor, & by the Gov? 
hint have Entered on a Resolution to advance His Lordl^ 
Manor Lands in Baltimore & Frederick Counties, from 10^ to 


20! p! Hundred Acres. What you relate of Talbot Manor, 
I am informed that the Pretended Heirs of Col : Talbot have 
offered Sale to the Penns, whom 'tis said were willing to 
purchase on a clear Title. Here are Inst".' of the late Lord 
Proprietor of his Orders for seisure of the Estate w^ I un- 
derstand has been Accordingly, and the Authentick Copy of 
Inditemeut of Treason ag' Ml Talbot transmitted you by me, 
will no doubt- confirm the seisure to this Lord Proprietor ; 
therefore you must follow his Inst"' regarding not the Sur- 
mises of People nor to give way to his Lord!.^ Adversaries 
the Penns Purchase, \y^ wo'? be of Injury to His Lordr & 
the Province as its situation is at the head of the Bay of 
Chesopeak & on the confines of Pensilvania. The Rent Roll- 
Keeper of the East shore I had an opinion of, w^. by his now 
known Ill-Actions he forfeits. His Bad Conduct bears date 
from Ml Bennets Agency & so thro' all other Agents time & 
might have continued had not the Alteration Happened of 
yf taking the Agency. You will I make no Doubt in Justice 
to the Proprietor Exert yourself Accord? to his Inst"' The 
Seven Books contain? the Rent charge of Seven Counties on 
the West Shore, his Lord! has ordered them back for yl Ex- 
amination, they do not Specifye the Manor Lands & Quit- 
Rents seperate accord? to the Plan I sent, nor attested or 
Signed by My Tasker the late RecT Gen! M! Ross is the 
supposed compiler of them ; Mf Tasker sho^ have passed them 
under his sanction, they are therefore returned to you that 
they may be in a more Explanatory Manner set forth agree- 
able to the Plan I sent, the Alphabet attending the Books 
is of utility. The Observations you incert on Rentals by 
George Stuart a Judge of the Land Office, with regard to 
the Debt Books it must be so, they must be Separate Books 
by reason of the Multiplicity of Land Holders from Devided 


Moities since the first Patentees Recorded in the Land Office. 
However the Debt Books as to Quantities of Land must co- 
incide in Quantity of Land & Quit-Rent agreeable to the 
original Patentees. This the Judges of the Land Office must 
make proof of, on passing the Debt Books. Such returns of so 
Essential part of Property to the Proprietor will Satisfye his 
Mind, giv? real Light to the Chaos con? yf giving Satisfaction 
therein, will greatly oblige his Lord? with Quick Return. 

Of Town Lands by Act of Assembly, w^ M!" Tilghman 
observes is a 1*? CurrT an Acre. When I write I thought it 
was Ster? It ought to be so, the fraction by Curr^ is not 
worth the payers Cavil ; this Leads me to the fraction Far- 
things contained in the Debt Books returned, w'* I observe 
Arbitarily Given to some & not to others. As to Rent in 
Grain hoped not many such Tenders; the having Store 
Houses wo? be very Expensive therefore hoped such Tenants 
will comply as usual in paym* of their Rents Sterl? Money. 
If other, you must as you say " fall on some Stept that may 
best co-incide with His LordP' Interest." My Phil : Thomas 
by you has not Discharged himself as he sho? of the Steward- 
ship of Ann Arundell Manor ; however My Lord approves 
of your Mildness in regard to the Tenants, giving reasonable 
time for paym* with yl care to secure their Discharge to him. 
You observe on an Article in mine the 16^^ of May 1752 
to M' Tasker, on Remark con? the difference of Quit Rent 
payable on the same Spot as for Instance you say, " Ml" Hen : 
Darnall is charged for 300 Acres only at 2'.. 6*^ Rent w!" ought 
to have been at 4' p! 100 Acres" it proves he had a favour 
done him by Them who had no right to give it ; Care must 
be had ag' such unjust Acts. By y" the 15'.'' of May, you 
have mine the 5'^ of Jan^ with the 13 Protested Bills & that 
you have put tliem for Renewal. I am obliged to you for 


complying with payra' as to what I desired in respect to the 
Charity School for w!" I shall Satisfye you. I think the 
School executed as proposed will be of the greatest Utility, 
it being to Educate youths in Obedience to God ; to read 
& Ma-ik.' with Knowledge to work up Manufacture & Agri- 
culture. Of one to promote Learning by w!" I presume you 
mean the Bell -Letters & Sciences. I agree with you, they are 
no Doubt ornaments truly Useful ; flow into a Country from 
Full produce the gain of Riches, But the first Principle of 
an Infant State I conceive is to make the People useful & 
Beneficial to one another ; this at present is the State of Mary- 
land. M': Pope says '' a little Learning is a Dangerous thing, 
Drink Deep or taste not the Pierian Spring." 

His Lord"^ takes it an Ernest of y^ Duty to him in prompt- 
ing the Farmers to Punctuality of payra', w!" you must enforce 
when wanted. Tis a Maxim in Holland Keep yT Acco*' even 
by good payment, its the tye of Friendship. Y""' of the 9'.'' 
of May inclosed therein yy List & Bills of Exch^'^ £2470.. 
17.. 71 And in y" the 27* D? Bills £563. 1. 4 And also y^ 
Bills £1803.. 15.. 9f all w!" Bills are carry 'd to his 'Lordl' 
Acco^ Yy recoiudation of M! Cha! Goldsborough for the Pro- 
prietors fi-ivour. His Lord? likes his Gov" recomdy" jointly 
with otliers for his consideration to the obtain? his Appointm' 
to be of the Council of State ; its with Ml Goldsborough to 
gain his favour. 

On closing this, I have the favour of y? Aug' the 3^ own- 
ing the receipt of Mine the 23? of March with the Protested 
Bills & mine the 17'.'^ of April. With y" rec^ are y!" Bills of 
Exchs.« £1803.. 15.. 9| w!" are carry'd to his Lord^_^ Acco^ & 
rec' yy Packet of Papers of the Tract of Land bet. Elk & 
Appaquiuaman Rivers call'd Morton als. Town Point, spoke 
of in his Lord^^ Inst"' Now inclosed you. He desires you will 


Reward M' Ward consistent with Equity for his Service & Dis- 
covery of Morton & Swivel Manors, & recom'!' that you do to 
all others who shall render him such Benefit of his Secreted 
Rights. His Ijordr is well pleased with the Method you have 
taken to prevent exaction by the Recev" & Farmers of his 
Rents, in relation of those %vho tender Foreign Coin or CurrT 
in Lieu of Ster? of w!" you say Viz. " Requiring all Persons 
as well Farmers as Recev''.' that were Em- 
powered to Collect the Quit-Rents to Adver- 
tise the People by Setting up their Notes in 
the Most Publick places at what Rate they 
wou^ take Foreign Coin (this as you observe) 
will prevent any abuse of such a Nature the 
Rates Set corresponding with his Lord^^ Instl^ 
making no difficulty in procuring Bills of 
Exch^." tis a concern to understand Tobacco 
is at so low a Price as to Eifect procurem* of good Bills. 
His Lord! thanks you for y": own Remittance by Bills for cash 
in y' hands of his, instead of remittance of Out Port Bills. 
Inclosed is the present Regulation of Exch^.^ ad valorem of 
foreign cash ; 'tis a commodity that fluctuates, therefore I will 
Supply you often with the Intelligence to Govern yl Receipt 
of Foreign cash. His Lord! rest Satisfyed of y'' conduct & 
doubts not yf Perfect! as to his Inst"' But when it happens 
you can Dispence things in a better Manner or Method than 
from here is directed, he rely's you'l not Neglect to Reveal 
yl valuable thoughts by Intelligence thereon ; "tis the Life of 
business & the cause of completion of Affairs, Y! possitive 
Inst"' To the Surveyors of Land to be careful of His Majesty's 
Order in Council con? the Temporary Line not to transgress, 
His Lord? well approves of & recom*^' attention to you & all 
his Officers & Justices of the Peace to preserve his Rights 


near that Limit, from Encroaclim! of the Pensilvanians. Y! 
Inclosed proceed^.' of the Council dated the 19"' of DecT last 
con? the same, he has Instructed the Gov!! thereon as well as 
to other Matters set forth in the Proceed^.^ of that Council, 
& to w^ I refer you on Indian Lands. Y! Inttelligence of 
advancem' of his Lord'!" Manor Rents is very Satisfactory to 
him & Doubts not y'' Justice to Him, Y! Assiduity to gain 
him Talbot Manor will render His Lord£ much Benefit. The 
difficulty of receipt of the Arrears of Rent due from the 
East Shore is a Debt of Long standing from the Farmers & 
Rec? ; they are used to the Money, unwill? to part witli it ; 
tis the Neglect of the last Agent not obliging them to Acco'. 
My Tilghman Roll-Keeper & a Rec^ on that Shore seems of 
consience, owns his guilt, but his plea of excuse for his wrong 
done, is a thought of Frenzy. He owns his Neglect & Denys 
not having My Lords Money in hand, says his Remissness & 
iujustness has happened from his Building a House, w!' has 
taken a Long time to complete with a Chancery Suit that has 
required his Attendance, What a plea ! 'tis a Glim? Satisfac- 
tion you mention, that he is more Assiduous than usual in 
make? out the Rental of that Shore. His Rental of Kent 
County I return, the same reason as before. The County 
Courts that have recom''!'' Rangers His Lord! is well pleased 
agreeable to his Inst"' Of Ordinary Licences the GovT has 
lust"^ to w*! you are referrd. M! Ross's conduct in Business 
for M' Tasker I can't coulen^ I know him & think he wants 
not Abilities, he was Breed here in Office, had he been the 
Principal I think he wo? have been perfect. The value of 
Gold & Silver now, I inclose you that you may Govern your- 
self acord^!"" The Attor^ Gen'f Opinion is Right of Cash being 
a Legal tender in Lieu of Bill of Exch?'' 


The Parliam^ is setting & have taken iiuder consideration 
the Aifair of the Ohio Country, con? the Encrochra'.' of the 
French. The Comons have voted 40350£ for defraying the 
Charge of Two Regim'.' of Foot to be raised in America for 
1755 — 236420=£ for defraying the Charge of the Forces in 
the Plantations for 1755. These Regim'.^ with Two from 
Ireland joined with the Provincial Forces, has Probability 
for Success ag* France. Tis certain she is in America no 
ways Equal in Power to the British Colonies & her Efforts 
there, may prove Providential, it may frustrate her Attempts 
for the future ag' His Majesty's British Colonies. The Specie 
from hence sent & Expended there & the Expence by paym' 
of Bills on England will be a means to Supply you with good 
Bills of Exch^f for the Proprietors return, in Lieu of Money 
Sterl? I have y? by M! Holliday ; his own Merit gives him 
Estimation with addition as a Relation of y"".^ Also, I've y? 
with y!; List & Bills Am! to £718.. 13.. 2 

My Lord thanks you for the Hams, also myself for the 
same favour Rec^ I think them Equal to Westphalia Hams. 
It is with concern I receive yT Acco' of the disorder in y^ Eyes. 
The recovery I sincerly wish, And am with all Respect. 

Y!:" much Obliged H"^!^ Serv? 
C^ciL^ Calyekt 

Pos' follows a List of Protested Bills with the Bills 
Inclosed you on Lord Baltimores Acco* Viz. 

S. Budds Bill on Daniel Cheston of Bristoll 
W" Dallam on John Hanbury & comT 
Henry Wright Crabb on Silvanus Grove 














London Nov[ 27'.'.' 1756 

I have y''.' the 5'!^ of May & 30'^ of Aug^ My Lord acqiii- 
esses to y! request in favour of Mr Daniel Dulany suceeding 
on y!" Resignation of the Commissarys Office of w'.' the Gov^ 
will inform you he having Notified it in his present In- 
structions to him. Inclos'^ is a Letter from M^ John Hyde to 
M! Hemersley Sollicitor at Law for my Lord. The contents 
of the Letter contains his Answer to yours of the 3*^ of May. 
You write to me concerning his Demand on my Lord & 
Requisitions from you ab' his Brother Sam! Hyde Deceassed, 
his Effects & real Estate in Maryland, in the Disposal of 
w!l you ^^•as a Trusty under the Appointm' of the late Lord 
Baltimore for paym' to his Lordsh? a Debt due to him from 
the Late Sam! Hyde, as by his Deed to the late Lord more 
fully may appear. What My Lord Desiers of you in Answer 
to the Inclosed is, that you'l consider & give full answer to 
the Contents in clearness & Satisfaction to prevent a Law 
suit Mr John Hyde threatens ag' him for Over-plus Demands 
of Money after paym! to the late Lord his Debt pf 6893. 
13s. 8d the only sum paid to him, as to the present. His 
Lord? thinks all Demands on him Extraordinary, if any Over 
plus, tis not with him. I much thank you for yf paym'i to 
me up to Christmas & shall on all Occasions with Real Sin- 
cerity Manifest myself Obligatory to you 

Y": Obliged Humble Serv* 
Copy original sent C.ecii4 Calvert 

To The Hon^'l'^ Benjamin Tasker Esq! Preside of the Council 
in Maryland. 



Charterhouse Square 14"' SepT 1758 

Being obliged to go into the Country soon after I had the 
favor of yours I could not before now have the opportunity 
to thank you for those Copies of accounts from M! Tasker 
which you sent by Lord Baltimore directions. Upon looking 
them over I note it is not expressed at what par'"" times, 
& in what sums of money or Bills of Exchange, or other 
Effects, the payments were made for which M! Tasker credits 
the accounts intitled M! Samuel Hyde to the R' Honble the 
Lord Baltimore as '^ Assignment all which parlars the Ac- 
counts ought to manifest, & I must desire to be informed ; 
also there are severall differences between the sums for which 
said Account hath Credit & the sums due from the severall 
debtors by their Accounts 

By the papers it Appears that 
M! Dulany's Debt by the Schedule was £568.. 11.. 4 

651.. 12.. 4 

Richard Harrisons £365.. 17.. 11 83.. 1 

by Subsequent Account 215.. 15.. 2 

Lord Baltimore has C': onlv for 139.. 4.. 3 

76.. ]0.. 11 

Samuel Harrison £117.. 6.. 10 

by Subseq' Account 105.. 7.. 8 

C: given for only 86.. 4.. 7 

19.. 3.. 1 


Philip Loe 62.. 19.. 9 

C: giveu for ouly 52.. 19.. 9 10..— 

Philip Tho! Ex? Sam! Chew 

1502.. 6.. 2 

C! given for only 

1229.. 2.. 5 


3.. 9 

W" Hammond £67.. 3.. 2 

Siibseq' Account 

64.. 15.. 10 

Credit given for only 

34.. 4.. 6 

30.. 11.. 4 

What is the reason for each of those several Differences, or 
was any Allowance made to or Composition with the above 
several ^f sous ; if so specify to whom Why & how much to 
eacli ; or are those several Differences still uureced & due 
from the sev! Debtors or their respive Estates & why have 
they not been reced : by whom & which & ^vhen & the sevl 
Amounts of each Credit is to be given for the whole sum 
recovered or which can be recovered of each Debtor ? 

The Account doth not mention Henry Darnall of Potomack 
£70.. 4.. 10 Mord^. Hammond £1262.. 11.. 9 Henry Watson 
£739.. 6.. 11 Extors of W"' & John Digges £403.. 6..— 

As to each of those four it is asked, Was nothing Recovered 
in Whole or in part ? If not, why what measures ware taken 
to Recover it or security for it & when ? Is he now alive & 
where ? If Dead when did he Die ? who are his Repreves & 
where Living? are the sevf sums above ment^ now unp^ & 
remaining due from each or his Es! respively ? 

Was not cartain plant"* or Tracts of Land in Maryland 
with the Building Improvments thereon toger with sundry 
negroes Cattle & Utensils delivered to some "^son or l^sons 


in pursuance of order or Directions from the R' Houble Cha! 
late Lord Baltimore? \A^hen were s^ Effects delivered & to 
whom? And what was st Orders or Directions & to whom? 
Was not those Effects Apprais^ upon Oath by certain '^sons 
who Ware desired & appointed to make such Appraisem'? 
w^ho ware those "^sons by whom desired or Appointed ? Was 
not such Appraisera* made or certified ab' the begining of the 
year 1747 & did not the s^ Appraisem' under Oath Amount 
to £5500 & upwards? 

My request is farther that M! Tasker be Acquainted that 
L!^ Baltimore is pleased he has sent the Acco*^ so far ; but the 
whole of the Debts was committed to his care, & L^ Baltimore 
expected & expects that he will take care of the whole of 
them. Also that his Lordship requires full & explicit An- 
swers without delay as to what is done ; also that what is left 
undone shall be proceeded upon with Assidity & exactness to 
recover all. 

I ask nothing in this as a favor but w' I think you will 
allow I may Claim as a Right. I do not mean as my Right 
ag* M! Tasker, but ag' his Lordship who as Repive of his 
Father is responsible for the Managem' of the Effects As- 
signed & they have been so long under the Managem* of the 
Agents of either his Lordships or the late L^ his Father that 
I have no doubt Lord Baltimore will insist peremptorily upon 
the Answers desired to w' is done and also upon M" Taskers 
candid & thorough Care of what is left undone. 

For as M!! Tasker had the Misfortune to be one of my 
Brothers Creditors & is one of the few who were Creditors 
each for a large sum so his resentm' has been too strong to 
let him Compassionate & Give some Aid to mitigate the 
Sufferings of the Unfortunate & tlio I am Confident it wo^ be 
to his own benefit vet without Lord Baltimore or ]\l! Calvert 


press this matter to him 1 have little hope of his rcsentm'_" 
subsiding so as to take the part which his Humanity wof 
dictate if he calmly & impartially considered the Justice due 
to all my Brothers Cred"'.' I am heartily sorry for the Loss 
& have used ray endeavours to redress it ; and to show that 
my Inclination hath been to give M!' Tasker satisf" in pai-ler 
I will readily submit to any Gent" (who will take the trouble 
of reading) all ray Letters to hira & to his son & If I ara to 
blame make all this just amends in my power. I thought 
they pointed out means by w"!' he wo? probably be made easy, 
& so I hoped wo* most of the other Cred? perhaps all of 
them. If the best Advice to be had in England of Law & 
Equity are right I am sure the Gent" of Maryland are wrong 
& will bring on themselves Inconvenieucies they are not 
aware of. They must do Justice to the luhitants of Great 
Britain, must obey the rules of its Laws & depend upon it 
for protection or they are undone — 

I flatter myself that from the whole of my behaviour thro 
Life to Mankind in general & in my Brothers affairs in parlar 
I have not Given cause to reproach my endeavors which have 
been & are to do Justly by all men & ray desire was & is 
to Conciliate & do good offices where in my power. I wish 
that after my decease ray Children may be found to have 
the said tender regard to the Memory of an Uncle that I 
have had to the memory of a Brother. I have been & still 
continue willing to recede from very considerable part of my 
Rights but if my Applications to his Lordship & others to 
Settle things are not brought to Issue during my I^ife I 
declare myself not Chargeable for the Consequences. 

Allow me to repeat in few words that every assistance 
given by My Tasker in this affair will be an Ease to his 
L'?ship to whom alone I have right to recur to know what 


has been done with my Brothers Effects since the Assigraent 
to his Father ; but as his L'?ship is answerable to me so are 
his Agents to him & as his L'^ship has so candidly Com- 
municated the Information he has already reced I have taken 
the Liberty to suggest such Observations as corapleat as may 
be to prevent further trouble to us both. I am 

Your m' hble Serv* 
Copy J^•'? Hyde 

To Hugh Hemersly Attor^ at Law. 


M! Secy Calvert contents To the Hon''!'^ Daniel 
Dulany Esq! of the Council & Comiss^' Genl 
Of the Naturalization Bill of Foreign Aliens. 
Of Hunter's Parish S' Peters in Frederick 
County. Of improvem*.^ by Trade & of Ports 
an Inspection Law. Of a Bill relative to 
Alienation fines payable to the Lord Proprie- 
tor. Of his Applause of the L' Gov!' &c! 

London Sepf the 20'_'^ 1759. 

I have the favour of y"; duplicate of Let! dated the 26"' of 
Dec!" last. Y! first thereof I have not red nor y"" duplicate 
till the 14"" of this instant, delivered from the Mess'l^ Haubury, 
who inform me it was left at their House. It wo? have griven 
much pleasure to have earlier communicated his Lordl^ An- 
swer to y! valuable & just sentiments on Behalf of ffo reign 


Aliens Settlers in Marylaud. His Lord!; has considered the 
contents of y? thereon & thanks you for jl consideration to 
him thereof, & directs me to acquaint you, that no Exception 
is with him on a Bill being passed for the security of Pur- 
chasers & others claiming by or from Protestant Aliens Viz. 
. . . That all Lands Tenements & Hereditaments which have 
been at any time patented to any Alien or being patented to 
any Natural Born Subject have been purchased by an Alien, 
& that all Deeds Conveyances, & Devises thereof shall be 
deemed & taken to have passed descended & enured to all 
Intents & purposes as they would have done if such Patent 
had issued to such Settler or Vendor prior to such Settlement 
or Purchase by such Alien & as if such Alien & the Persons 
claiming by from or under him were Natural Born Subjects 
of the Province . . . And if Aliens through iuaquaintance 
of the Law of the Province have taken Conveyances of Lands 
not patented or have settled Built & improved upon Lands, 
he has no Exception, That it shall & may be Lawful for all 
such Aliens & for all others now claiming by from or under 
them to apply at any time with" years (the consideration 

of the Limited Term of years he Leaves to a reasonable 
determination of the Legislature of Assembly) from the com- 
mencement of Sessions of Assembly, to the Land Office by 
Petition setting forth the Time state of their claim submitting 
to the Examination of the Judge of Land Office the Evi- 
dences, Papers & Proofs relating therein contained, to demand 
a Warrant (wherein the several Alligations in the Petition 
shall be recited) to the Surveyor of the County where such 
Lands lie to Lay out such quantity to be therein Expressed 
& upon return of a Certificate thereof the Rights being com- 
plied with as for a Common Warrant (reciting likewise the 
several Alligations in the Petition) shall issue Accordingly & 


that when such Patent shall issue the Lands Tenements & 
Hereditaments intended to be Granted & all Deeds convey- 
ances & Devises thereof made, shall be deemed to have passed 
descended & enured to all intents as they would have done if 
such Patent had issued to such seller or Vendor prior to such 
Settlement or Purchase by such Alien & as if such Alien & 
the several Persons claiming by from or under him were 
Natural born Subjects of the Province. 

Provided always that Nothing herein before contained shall 
be deemed construed or taken to defeat or destroy any Estate 
or Title from the Lord Proprietary or to any other Person 
who has already taken advantage of any Defects af^ But 
that such Estate & Title shall remain & be in the same Plight 
& condition it would have been had this Act never been 
made, any thing herein before contained to the contrary 
thereof in any wise Notwithstanding. 

And as an Encouragement to Foreigners to settle in the 
Province (fee! That all Aliens now actually inhabiting & 
residing or who shall hereafter inhabit & reside within the 
Province & shall take Subscribe the Oaths made in the first 
year of the Reign of his late Majesty King George the first 
an Act for the further Security of His Majesty's Person & 
Government or who are Quakers or others consientiously 
refusing to take an Oath shall make & subscribe the Decla- 
ration of Fidelity & take & affirm the Effect of the Abjuration 
Oath by an Act of Parliament made in the Eight year of his 
late Majesty an Act for granting the People called Quakers 
such Form of Affirmation or Declaration, & also make & 
Subscribe Profession of his Christian Belief prescribed by an 
Act in the first year of King William & Queen Mary An 
Act for Exempting their Majesty's Protestant Subjects from 
the Penalties of certain Laws, before the Provincial Court 


of the Province, shall be deemed adjudged & takeu to be the 
Kings Natural Born Subject of the Province to all Intents 
as if they were Actually born there ; of all which Proceedings 
with the Names so Naturalized the said Court shall cause a 
fair Entry to be made amongst their Records. On this Basis 
& Tenor of an Act his Lord? is coincident with you an Act 
should be passed Naturalizing all foreign Aliens ; And he 
Apprehends such an Alien Bill will make the passing any 
other Aliens Law hereafter unnecessary. A Bill so framed, 
he considers will be a Legal constitutional Bill. That 'tis 
Necessary that all German Aliens & others should & ought 
to take the Oaths to the Goverment, Especially in the present 
situation of Affairs, it is highly proper they should take ; and 
if an Act was to pass for Natural iz? all of them that have 
died in the Province without requiring or directing those of 
them that are now living in the Province to qualify them- 
selves for holding Lands &g^ by taking the Oaths, scarcely 
noue of them he doubts would be prevailed on to do so, but 
they would rely that if ever disputes should arise hereafter 
about their Titles another Aliens Bill would be immediately 
passed, which might be then productive of some confusion, 
Especially if it should happen that the Judges of the Land 
Office should have granted Escheat Warrants for any Tracts 
which such Aliens might have died Possessed of; this future 
Evil he thinks will be provided against by the Tenor of the 
above Bill. 

Concern? y! Proposition for Hunters Parish in Frederick 
County, you say " if a Division of it should take place at the 
Kittocton Mountain the Frontier Parish wouf hardly yeild a 
compotent Support to the incumbent ; if the Parish were not 
to be divided might not the Parson to be inducted be in- 
duced to keep an Assistant & not demand the 30"' p! Poll of 


the New Settlers for a Term of years? This wof Prove a 
very great Encouragement " His Lord? accepts the Intention 
of y! Proposition, in Policy very useful at the commencement 
of industry bring Desert Land under cultivation, the source 
of Riches & inhabitants. He desires you'l commune with 
the Gov^ thereupon that such step may be taken the most 
conducive of y! Beneficial Proposition. The only objection 
is the Benefice is vacant ; if Lord Baltimore nor his Governor 
does not induct, the Bishop of Loudon will. The SOI* or 
^Qib pi- PqJj q£ Tobacco is the clergys by Act of Assembly. 
Clergy here have Bonded conditioualy on acceptance of Bene- 
fice, which has been renounced on Tryal by the Law. . . . 
He thanks you for the improvement to him by your discourse, 
"upon increase of raising Grain, Provisions & Flax seeds 
as Pensilvania & on Trafiick improvements," & joins in y! 
opinion advantages may flow if there were proper Regula- 
tions & Ports where all commodities should be collected & 
Exported under an inspection Law." This he has no Ex- 
ception, but to steer clear of Effecting the Laws of Trade 
& Plantation & the Laws of custom & Statute Law made 
throughout the Realm. Of y! Proposition & sentiments con? 
Alienation fines you recite, . . " I think Lord Baltimore's 
Revenue from Alienation Fines might be put upon a better 
Footing & considerably increased. This Article will here- 
after, from the circulation & transmutation of real Property, 
Produce a Large Sum. The clause in the Patents " that all 
conveyances upon which this fine is not paid shall be void, 
is really unprovided of a Remedy to compell an observance 
of it. The Clerks of the Office take care that the fines are 
Paid on Deeds of Bargains & Sale, by requiring the Receivers 
Receipt to be Produced before they inroll them, but there is 
no necessity to inroll other conveyances. If it were made 


necessary to record other Deeds in a Limited time, the same 
method might be taken to secure the fines upon them." . . 
Such an Act from circulation & transmutation of real Property- 
would produce him a Large Annual Sum. A Bill for that 
purpose Enacted with Remedy to compell an observance of it, 
his LordE says, will Bind him really Obligatory to you. — The 
contents of yl Let' are of matters of the greatest consequence 
of Advantage to him & the Province ; he accepts y! advice 
therein as from an upright Councilor & friend to him, & 
desires you'l impart thereupon to his Governor, & that you'l 
rest assured no Encouragement shall be wanting from him 
for such y'' Propositions, real Essential Points. He thanks 
you for yy Applause of his GovT & yT Service to him & his 

I much thank you for your Leti" that has enabled me to 
convey Beneficial Measures to his Lord? & I pray leave to 
assure you of my sincerity & of all service & friendship 
to you. T wish you Joy & have a sensible Satisfaction & 
pleasure of y?" Promotions, of the Council & Commissary 
General. I have had real Assurance of friendship both from 
yl Father & you & don't doubt the same, of Subscribing with 

all Esteem, 

Y! Obliged Hum''!^ Serv* 

C^ciL? Calvert 



[Talbot Manor.] 

ADuapolis 12 Septemf 1760 

Agreeable to his Lord Ships request in relation to the In- 
quest taken by Cap' Vanburkloo late Sher. of Cecil County 
I have got the best proofs to the Signing of it that I can 
at this distance of time as neither the Sher. or any of the 
Jurors are now living ; but their hand writing is sufficiently 
proved. It is Recorded w* the several proofs in the Sec- 
retarys office the Record of w*!!* will be Sufficient in case an 
Ejectment should be brought here, the original w'^? is here 
Inclosed as it seems of great consequence. I have ingaged 
Cap! Chew in M! Hanburys imploy & who has the care of 
this Packet to put it on Board the Man of War who is to 
Convoy the Fleet as it is too hazardous to send Letters of 
consequence otherways. 

I am told there are Powers now in the hands of persons 
in Pensilvania from people who set up a Right to this Manor 
and have given Instructions accordingly but I believe they 
will find it difficult to prove themselves Heirs to Col? Talbot. 

I shal be extremely pleased to hear that this gets safe to 
your hands & on all occasions be glad to render his Lordship 
any acceptable Services as being his & Sir 

Your Most obedient 

& very faithful hble Serv' 

Benj : Tasker 



[Personal Matters]. 

London Septf 28'!' 1762. 
My Dear Lord, 

Yoii give me Joy of your safe arrival at Vienna by y? 
the 10'.'' rec'! the 26'^ ins*, gives me much satisfaction as free 
from apprehensions of Harm by Banditti to you, attendant 
especially in perilous time of War. Yf intelligence of the 
agreeable amuserats at the Imperial City is pleasurable but 
short Lived by Bite from Vermine at Night, destructive of 
the Balm of Life & in a Hammock to rest is suspension like 
Mahomet. The 22? the Installation at Windsor was remark- 
ably Splendid than usual viz. that of Euthroni? His Majesty 
as Sovereign of the Order. His Cap was set with Jewels 
of prodidgious value & his Robes Looped up with Diamonds ; 
the Queen covered with Jewels, & the Brillants of the Court & 
those of the Nobles &c! were very resplendent at the Banquet 
in S! George's Hall. The Guns at the Castle were fired, great 
Illuminations & all other demonstrations of Joy, the Splendor 
Supereminent ! Prince William Henry, & the Earl of Bute 
were invested with the Noble Order of the Garter. With 
regard to Peace, not any matter as yet has transpired of Au- 
thenticity. John the Cloathier, makes great Clamour ab' his 
Newfoundland Fishery, he keeps no fast nor is he willing 
any others shall unless they Buy fish from him. He is for 
having no partner in that fishery ; & as he has engrossed 
most of the Sugar, he is for keeping all alike of the Gum & 
slave Trades &? much abuse has arose. Our parliam' meets 


the 1 1'.** of NoV: the Rectity of our K — in all things has no 
doubt. The Laud holder & Stock holder Religion & hu- 
manity crys aloud for Peace; None but Usurers, Money Job- 
bers & base-minded Person Decries ag' truth & all that is just, 
vent Base Rancour. It wo? give me pleasure could I mention 
of y! Provincial Affairs ; unabled therein from no Ship nor 
Intelligence from thence being Arrived ; daily expected Tis 
a surprise ! the delay of Intelligence from America. The 
Havana Affair no Ace' How Determined. The 30':'' of Aug' 
I wrote you at Large upon all y^ Affairs here. My Let! was 
accompany'd with the State of yl House at Southampton Row, 
Sign'd by y! Appraiser, who has since certifyed M! Tho! Bush's 
Bill amt! to £972. 11. 8 J Carpenters Work; he earnestly re- 
quested money ; I gave him a draught on yl Merch' £500 
paym' in p', & with my Letf was also the state of y! Ace' with 
y!" Merch' & a representation from some Jews in Custody at 
Cleves paying releasem' (since I have inclosed you another 
sent me by the L*^ Mayor of London) I also inclosed several 
Let" under cover to you, at Monsl" Van Casteel a Brussel by 
you then directed; since Now under other directions to you. 
I hope punctuality by directions in voidance of Miscarage. 
I Believe Miss Caroline still at Margate. Porafret L'f of the 
Bedchamber the E. of Litchfield Chan'?-^ of the Vm'r of Ox- 
ford Privy Concilor & Cap" of the Band of Pensioners, the 
D. of York at Portshmouth. With all reality 

Yy Aff.' Uncle 

C^cil! Calvert 



[Public and Private Affairs], 

London Oct!; 15'^ 1762 
My D! Lord/ 

Since I wrote to you Aug' the 30'.'' I have write twice, But 
on rec' of y? the IQ'.*" of Sept' of y^ intention for Venise, I 
question the arrival of mine to you at Vienna 'er y! departure. 
You give me Happiness by y! alteration of mind from Con- 
stantinople to Venise. By the first, avoiding the Plagues, 
Pestilential Fevers, & where no Arts &? rest, at the other, 
health & all that is delight & amiable & near the Classick 
ground the Birth of almost all Liberal Sciences, soft climate 
& where all Harmony Subsists. My fear now is yf return 
will not be so soon as I wish, Yl thanks to me gives me 
much satisfaction, you may depend of my doing unto you as 
I wo"? do unto my Self in all things. 

Reference to what you write ab' Mess? Hanbury con? the 
State of y' Acco'.' with them. I read that part of y" to them, 
they said they had yf Letf thereon & wo'? impart to you, also 
on exch^f & on money credit. On view of y! Acco' with 
them sign'd by you from MonsT Van Casteel, I mark'd 
comisson was only one p' C' charged. What I have drawn 
on Mess" Hanbury Viz : To Mr 

Fritz £ 52. 10. 2 Pictures of yT Lord? Person 

17. 10. pay' Rent Greensheet House 

500. 0. To Bush Carpenter in p! 

82. 7. 9 To Hartley the Smith in full of Dem*^^ 


These as my Lef".^ sent may not meet you, I pf MT Bush by 
his request to me in p' of £972. 11. 8| Work done & to be 
done, valued & Estimated by My Heron yy Appraiser, & p? 
M' Hartly by request of Mf Lyon who s? his want was great, 
therefore pressed for the Bal : of Acco* Sign'd by Mf Heron. 
Yy Lord? may depend I will regard y! Extract of paym^ to 
all as near as possible & agreeable to yy Lety of Att5r? to me. 
I have rec^ a Let!" from y! Provincial Govy of Maryland. I 
understand that a Session of Assembly was held the 17'_'' of 
March last, that 18*!!" contin? Public Acts he had passed & 9 
Acts for Building of Churches & Chapels of Ease, an Act for 
the Publication of Laws, An Act for Inspectors of Tobacco, 
a Market House Act & an Act for destroying Crows & Squir- 
rels & to 5 Private Acts. Warm argum', by the Journal of 
the Up. House transmitted, has passed bet: them & the Lo: 
H. ab' the Assessm* Bill on the old plan offered by the 
Lo: H. Nine 9 times passed in the Negative, by the Up! 
H. ; objected as subject to a New unconstitutional Power of 
oppression without any remedy or not, the Lo. H. for the 
Affirmative, the Up!" H. for the Negative, with strong support 
from the Latter by real Argum^ in defence of you, the People 
& yy Officers of Goverm' & alike argum* ag' the Lo : House. 
Claim of Lex Parlamenti of right only belong? to our British 
Legislature, the Provincial right being only founded by Poyal 
Charter, 'tis the opinion of Lord Chief Justice Pratt to you 
when Attor^ Genl speaking of the Lo. H. claiming a right 
because exercised by the House of Com. " the Upy H. should 
take care how they admit encroachments drawn from the 
exercise of like rights in our H. of Com"^ here ; that the 
two Assemblys differ fundamentally, the H. of Com°^ stands 
upon its own Laws, the Lex parliamenti ; the Assemblies in 
the Colonies are regulated by their respective charters & 


the coiuou Law of EDglaud " therefore he says " His Lord? 
(speaking of you) should resist all such attempts where they 
are unreasonable with Firmness " and again says the Lords 
of Trade in their reply on the Penns^ Acts of Assembly, 
" that its in vain to negotiate away his Majesty's Prerogative, 
every New concession becomes the Foundation of some New 
Demand," thereupon it was Judged expedient to recora? altera- 
tions in that Supply Bill by the Lords of the Council. The 
UpT H. in Maryland have desired no more than the constitu- 
tional Right by Charter ag' a Supply Bill framed on a vicious 
Plan & say "that they were satisfied yl Lord']' Zeal for his 
Majesty's Service sollicited to promote it wo? chearfully con- 
tribute 5'! Proportion, they could not in Conscience consent 
y! being subjected to unequal Burthen they observed the 
Majority of the Lo. H. were contriving to lay on you ; there- 
fore refusal of their Assent to a Measure w"" they thought 
inequitable ought not asperse their own character or calumni- 
cate the Lf Proprietor " Non obstante the Lo. H. rejected the 
Upf H. right of Judicature to the Bill, therefore the Up^ H.'s 
Negative passed to the Bill, reserving to themselves their 
constitutional rights & share to the Legislature in the Pro- 
vince as well as their just regard in right to y'' Lord? & 
Governm* The Lo. H. by Eifecting Argum'j seem as if they 
should be pleased to be call'd a H. of Coriious ; they wo5 
gain nothing by such a measure, as they wot be a distinct 
Body from the House of Coruous of Great Britain. The 
Assuming the Appellation will not transfer to them that Lex 
parlamenti of the Coraons in G. Britain, their ancient Usages 
not being Provincial Usages ; the Latter founded only by the 
Royal Charter, their particular Usages & the CoiSon Law of 
England. What those rights are, the Charter, Journals & 
Law Books may inform them, & must operate strongly ag* 


their Extraordiuaiy Claims & Support the Up'" House in 
being Coequal with that call'd the Lo. House. The proud 
from the Ancestors that Established them ; on whom the 
Lo. H. are pleased to pass sarcasm on the Proprietor, wl' the 
Up!" H. may well retort on that Proprietor for admitting such 
a Branch as the Lo. H. into the Legislature & charge it an 
Evil, w^ the People of the Province much feel, as indeed 
they do very much to their Cost, w^ had been prevented in 
an Establishm' of a L' Governor & Council only. Inclosed 
is a Lety to yf LordF from yf L' Governor. Please to let me 
have yy directions. Am I to forward all Let" & Packets 
directed to you from the Province ? The post House charges 
for each seperate 10^ & am told open all ; therefore direct me 
how to Act? The Govf in his Lety to me dated 21"^ of June 
mentions no particulars, says " Nothing of Notice having hap- 
pened," sends you a Pipe of Madiera & Hams w^ I will trans- 
mit to Woodcote to remain for yy use. The ships departure 
so early from the Province no Bills ; the whole Trade daily 
expected. The Laws will rest till yy return. Conf yy Horses 
mention in my last. My Lyon informes, from My Sparrow 
at Sutton, that 40 Guineas is bid for the Great Grey Horse, 
he thinks he can get no more, if he can he will ; desires 
to know if he may part with him at that Price? The 
little Grey he'll run at Odiham, after, he thinks it will be 
best to part with him, he will not auswy, thinks he's worth 
50 Guineas & no more. The Brilliant Colt in training, & 
in good Condition. Yy Park stocked full with Grass Horses. 
I design shortly for Woodcote ab' the inclosure. Miss Caro- 
line designs a visit there. I know not of My Browning or 
family, but that the Mess" Hanbury continue paying them as 
usual, not recev? y! order to the contrary. The Estimate sent 
you & sign'd Heron is y! Appraiser. More of yy House 


Soutliamptou Kow iu my next, the chiefs coucern'd at present 
not to be meet with, Inclos'd is a short Extract of answ! of 
yy Affairs cou^ the Jews at Cleves, detained prisoners on their 
felony of jewels committed by them on you in England. The 
Magistrates of that City & their Superiours in Goverm' have 
Notic'^ their villany & have done by detention of their Persons 
all in their power to have justice rendered you by process of 
Law there, and have transmitted such their proceeding under 
their Signature to the Lord Mayor of Loudon & have reco- 
mended to have the Prisoners transported to England to take 
their Tryals & undergoe the Punishment due to their Crimes. 
The Bulk of the proceedings, transmitted to his Lord? who 
has sent me for translation, is needless to inclose you, there- 
fore have sent you all relative in as much as concern you & 
have added Questions propounded to you for yf directions 
con? such vile miscreants & hope yT answ^ Their Crimes are 
numerable of long standing some, that of Mf Bonmoetgie was 
the same Ledgerdemain Trick they played you tis 20 years 
standing appears by the process at Cleves. I shall wait on 
the Lord Mayor & iu y!' name thank him for Civility & 
regard to you by communication, waiting yT Answ^. 

Of Public News, we are iu possession of the Havana, the 
Capture is immense Riches & 9 men of War of the Line 
(fee* We have regained NewfoundLand where M. Ternay 
the French Naval Com'^^''^ with Superiour ships made his 
Escape in the Night by a shameful flight. M. L : Count 
D^ Hausonville Com'^'' at S' John's Fort after much Bragga- 
doccio, our L* Col : Amherst sent him by Letf that if he did 
not immediate give him possession of the Fort, in the State 
it now is, every man in the Garrison shall be put to the 
Sword, I give you half an Hour to think of it. William Am- 
herst " M. D^ Hausonville Ans^ " I am averse as you to 


the EiFusion of Blood, I consent to surrender the fort in 
good condition " the Capitulation Granted, the French Troops 
prisoners of War, to be transported to France. Nothing as 
yet of certain transpires of Peace. 

Yf AflPec^ Uncle & faithful Serv* 
Cecil? Calvert 

Pos' thanks yT enquiry my little Boy well, at School & Learns. 
To Lord Baltimore 


[Personal Matters. Robbery.] 

Surry, Oct: 28"' 1762 
My Dear Lord— 

I write at Woodcote where I have been some few days on 

design to put in execution the inclosure Addition to yf Park 

lying next the downs at the present prevented by the fall of 

Snow-sleet, w!" seems of little continuance. Towards the work 

I am ruiiing the Lines for the inclosure to be composed by 

deep ditch. Banked at Top'd with Quick-set and a strong 

Hedge. [I am obliged to you for yT transaction with regard 

to the inclosure.] * As to Pailes I find none on yf premises 

to spare. I think it best at first by ground-fence as it is 

regarded intrusion, it will temper opposition & gain consent. 

The latter end of April I shall order it to be plough'd and 

crop'd after with sumer corn as recompence for expense ; 

besides its laying fallow rough in May will prevent the 

* Interlined in Baltimore's hand. 


Racers entering upon it or committing violence to the fence, 
[yy thoughts as to the manner of doing it are right certainly.] * 
Yr Park has grazed 75 Troop-Horses upw*^.^ of two months, 
45 are wanted off, 30 to remain till Christ!, besides other 
Horses. This is not only profit, but also of Advantage as 
manure to the Ground. In all things Lyon gives due atten- 
tion. Miss Caroline is here for a few days with Miss Waker, 
in passage Robbed by a high-way-raan, yf Sister of 8 Guineas, 
the other of one. [I read a paragraph in one of the English 
newspapers relating to my sisters robbery. Tis well no acci- 
dent happened to her from the fright w'^.'' is generally the 
worst.] * The Assailant withdrew his Pistol politely, his face 
covered with black Crape. Frighted, however they returned 
him thanks for civility. Comp*.^ have passed bet. them & 
Mrs. Browning ; that at present is all with' seeing. Yester- 
day's Post favoured me with y''.^ Vienna Oct!' the 10'^, & y"; 
desire being pressing with concernment towards y!" Health, I 
have by this Post inclosed this Let^ to my Apoth7 in London, 
a Person of real credit with directions to him to inclose this 
Let^ with a Dozen of Doctor James Powders for fever & to 
Care he gets them Genuine of the right sort & place them in 
LetT well sealed to you. [I have received them and thank 
you for.] * I have the pleasure to advise of by Let!" dated 
the 25"' of July from Mr. Lloyd y' Provincial Receiv' Genf 
of his transmission on Board the Gosport man of war Cap* 
Jarvis £8000 sterling for yy Acco* & use. I have accordingly 
advised the Mess? Hanbury thereof & as I learn the man 
of war is but of slight force and as France & Spain have 
strong Naval force in remote parts of the Western Ocean & 
the premium of insurance being moderate here, I have advised 
them for insurance, not thinking prudent to risque Total Loss 

* Interlined in Baltimore's hand. 


on such a Capital Sum of money. [You did right to insure 
it.] * I have wrote you twice since Aug' Y? acknowledging 
mine then reef by y? Vienna Septf 19*''; mine were to Vienna 
of this Instant, also mine in answl" to y? the 19"" of SeptT I 
directed to you at Venise the 15"* Ins' ; yT departure by j\^ the 
10'*', mine to Vienna will not then be reef by you. However, 
as I apprehend yT orders are for Let? to follow you, I trust 
repetition needless, especially as my Let? already write are in 
many Circumstances repet" 

Yr little Grey Horse has run at Odiham is Beat. Mr. 
Sparrow at Sutton thinks he may get Fifty Guineas or forty 
for him, & has had forty bid for y! large Grey Horse, thinks 
they'l not answer keeping as Racers, desires y! Orders if & 
how he may sell them? [I agreed to the disposal of my 
horses in my Letter to you from Vienna.] * Yf Horse Bril- 
liant in training. I am not wise enough to understand the 
present condition of our Public affairs here, here is calm, 
steps are talk'd towards a Genl Pacification, but of that noth- 
ing of certainty transpires. The Earl of Hallifax SecT of 
State, in the room of Geo. Greenville placed at the Head 
of the Admiralty. Mr. Bennet has this day sent for the 

Horse you gave him. 

Yy aff? Uncle & faithful Serv' 

C.EciLius Calvert. 

Pos' Miss Caroline's Love attends you, 

hopes yf kind Benevolence by a man 

of war when you are at Leghorue of some Italian 

flowers in relivance of her Loss on the Road. 

Pos' No Let!" from the Gov^, Maryland Trade daily expected. 

Southampton Row House forwarding. 

* Interlined in Baltimore's hand. 



[Mason and Dixon. Personal matters]. 

London Aug' 2 P.' 1763 
My Dear Lord/ 

Mine the 10* of July in answer to yours from Zante Island 

the 2^ of May, and by antecedent Let" I acqainted you, of 

the Mess" Mason & Dixon Geometrical Surveyors departure 

for America, Since, in conjuntion with the Mess" Penns 

after ^any consultations & debates, present Mathematicians 

& Lawyers, M! Hamersley on yT side ; I have on y! part with 

Mess? Penns executed Deeds & a Reciprocal Agreem' & Ave 

have rec^ Hints for the Comiss".' on both sides, by Doctor 

Bevis & M! Harris the Mathematicians, con? Running the 

Tangent Line & Paralell of Latitude ; these Hints are briefly 

set forth in my last. Of Deeds two, one of the articles of 

Agreem' & requesting the Comiss" on both sides respectively 

to take to their Aid & Assistance the Mess" Mason & Dixon 

& the Survior of them for the completion of the Lines & 

con? certain Bargain & Limitations respectively to the Mess? 

Mason & Dixon (int!" als,) 10^ 6 p! Diem, until they land at 

Philadelphia, 20 Guineas each for passage & on their Landing 

£1.. l^. p^ day during residence on Ace* ; their passage back 

the same as going, & over & above Support during such part 

of time they shall be actually employ'd in the work of the 

Lines under the orders of the Comissf & to imbark in the 

space of one month with Power to the Comiss" to discharge 

them. And 'tis agreed, y^ Lord? & Mess" Penns to Expences 

be subject to equal proportion. And the Mess? Mason & 



Dixon bind themselves in the Penal sum of £2000, for their 
true performance of Covenants on their parts; this is the 
substance of Deed & Reciporal Agreem' as to main parts. 
The other Deed, concerns the Mathematical lustrum'", such 
as are already provided & the Surveyors bring with them is 
to their Judgment the (jlioice & use. So are these matters 
Threaded by the Mathematicians & Lawyers, very tedious, 
occasioning dispute Labour & Pains with unnecessary At- 
tendance, these Corps of men stricktly observing the Maxim 
of Fabius Cunctando. 

In all these measures I have jointly cooperated & with 
Conformity entered into with the Mess''.' Penns, to facilitate 
the provincial Boundary Lines & agreeable to yl Lef! of & 
Concerning. And with them advanced & paid on y! Ace! by 
Draught on Mess':^ Hanbury to the Survey '^f f. Moity £ 71. 
pf Agree* on Ace' They are on immediate departure for 
America : God send a happy Issue. I have Agreed to take 
Doctor Bevis's Transit Instru'; with his Advice will cost 
you near £100. Messl" Penns costs D? upw".' of £ 300. 

I have a Let' from y' Governor, dated June the 6'.'' ; the 
purport is, That a late attempt has been to correct the Errors 
of the Tangent Line Run, but in the process the Survey!" 
there have committed as much Error West of the 12 Miles 
Circle off New Castle as they had on the East. That all was 
Quiet there & in the Province. Says, my last LetT contains 
too much to answT But with time having copiously wrote 
him ; he sends his Duty to you. I have wrote him by the 
Surveyors & inclosed him the present Deeds with the Transit 
Tnstrum' &c! & enjoined by Admonission to cease all Expence 
he can in the procedure of the Lines, with dispatch. 

In my Last & former I informed you (intT als.) I had paid 
the Gov? Bal : of acc^ £261.. 8.. 1 paid to Mess" Hanbury 


for yf use, & of their acc^ Bal : to you the 3'? of May with 
the Gov? sum, due to you £13535.. 9.. 10 & I particularized 
His Majestys most Gracious acceptance of y! drawing, the 
Transfiguration of Our Saviour, which he with Thanks rec^f & 
delivered by me. Then things being material I reharse, as 
accidents of Loss may be to my Letters. 

Yf House in Southampton street is almost finish'd agreeable 
to y! Orders, 'tis habitable for your residence ; your own Bed 
& next Room Bed with serv'' Beds are up, with yr other 
furniture from Lincoln Inn fields House, sold to MT Proud- 
foot. As to Woodcote I know not at present, save from 
Lyon, all's safe & Quiet. I intend shortly there, & to return 
you his Acc*^ Yl Horse Brilliant, has wone the 4 year old 
Plates at Chimsford & Baruet ag* good Horses ; he's a true 
Racer & will turn out a Plate Horse & is a Beauty ; am I to 
sell him? Y! Horse Harmony is Bow Knee £25 can't be 
had for him. I have ordered him to Woodcote till sold. 
Venison is on Sale. Much Grass by a very wet Sumer ; Hay 
destroyed, 4£ a Load, Grass Horses Scarce, much Cavalry 
Broke. However Lattermass Grass will prove Beneficial to 
you from Y!' Park, in w^ is a plentiful Crop of Oates, some 
Barley & a good Appearance of Turnips as Lyon informes, 
who is very Assiduous. I have Ordered him to admit 3 
Workmen as Additional s to Mf Boughton & wife to laye for 
their Lodgings, No Expence ; this I have judged expedient 
& have well secured yf House in Southampton Row ag' Rob- 
bers. Many such by the discharge of the Navy & Armey. 

I have y!f May the 13'.'' from Messina, date after y^^ the 2"? 
of May from Z^Aite, occasions hopes y^ Vouage to Constanti- 
nople is put off, tho I doubt, by y^ Bad ace' of Messina at 
which you Landed not ; so take yT Let" mistaken in Dates. 
No Syracuse Wine is arrived. A Petition has been presented 


to you, deliv? to me by a M'" Proby complaining of Extra 
Judical Judgem* given ag' him by the Magistracy of Pen- 
silvania, with seizure of his Land Property. He claims 
Maryland Legislative Protection, without producing any Evi- 
dence as to Right. Upon My Application to the Mess? 
Penns, I learn't his Land Patent was from them, laying in the 
Disputed parts. On my part I've treated him with Lenity, 
they Ruffel'd him ; he's a turbulent German, has Presented 
his Memorial to the King ; the Penns have had a Message, 
& try to Civilize him by proffered Service for injury. I 
have inclosed his Petition to you to yf Gov^ to make Report 
of & Concerning. He got speech of the King ; speaks of 
yy GovT with commendation & Administration of Goverment 
I am out of order not well, May all Happiness attend you, 
Y! LordPJ Aflf^ Uncle & faithfull Serv! 
Cecil! Calvert 

Pos* By chance dining with S'" Abraham Janssen at Wim- 
belton we saluted y! Health ; he spoke very Affi® of you, 
hinted a Hanch of Venison, I ordered y'" Keeper in yT Name 
to leave half a Buck. My Bennet has been at Lewis's some 
time with a Dulcina (not Del to Bosa) he frequents Woodcote 
shades. YT Stone House taken, Doctor Clark £50 p! ann : 
30 years. No Builders for y' vacant ground at Loudon. 
Advertised with' Effect. 50 £ paid to M!: Harley the Smith. 
No other Articifer paid save what has been afore advertised 
you of. Miss Caroline at M? Crayley's, Dorcestshire. S^ 
Ric^ Lytelton arrived : much adoe ab' Nothing : Squables 
among the Great. Sy W^ Stanhope arrived. • Direct my Let? 
to you at Naples double directions, To My Jaminaux or Messy^ 
Lengola. Creditably informed M' Jaminaux struck with a 
Dead Palsy. Young Prince Born. Indians reported mische- 


vious in America. Yy Quarter all's well, Proudfoot is to 
pay his money purchase & Rent ab' £2000 the 24*_*' Instant, 
delivery to Mess" Hanbury to y^ use. Mr Belcheir has sold 
his premises at Epsom. Physicians advise me riding ; you 
having ordered yf Horses to be sold, I have taken the Bay 
Mare & y! Little Sorel ; use them & shall pay Lyon the 
value. One Dallinger has been with me ; produced a German 
Letf ; read translating false & traversed in discourse, wanted 
money. I told him his Behaviour I liked not & w^nt Credit 
him ; Says he has been concern'd by y! Orders ab* the Jews 
at Embden ; says he'll write to you ; claims a peice of patch'd 
Tapstry, says I, pay 4 Guinees My Lord lent you ; replyed he 
had, no money, produces ace' ag' you 30 odd £ services done. 

To Lord Baltimore at Naples — 


[Personal matters]. 

Westf Jan! 10'_^ 1764— London. 
My Dear Lord, 

In my last Dec! 16'^ or 18* I rehearsed many particulars 

I had wrote you in four Let!f Via Vienna, in answ? to y? 

number five rec'? from Constantinople, mine directed to you 

at MonsT Le Baron Frier's at Vienna, y! directions. Not 

having rec*^ any answf from the 1^' of SeptT of any rec' of 

mine, I take Mishap has been to mine ; tho' hope not all, yet 

access to you p! Vienna seems hazarduous, perhaps on ace'. 


of the Plague in Turkey ; I chuse now my Address to you 
Via Napoli y! Last directions, by y" the 25'?" of OctT rec* 
25'^ of Dec! last, as of more safe Conveyance to you. 

In my last I was explicite on the subject in a Let! from 
Maryland ; casting reflection on the Maryland Go verm' Plan 
I shall now denounce' Brief on the Author; His Allegations 
are false, absurd, & train'd from inconsistences ; he artfully 
leaves out the Appeal to the King & Council (the controul 
upon Errors committ'd) & where Rectitude is obtained ; But 
Machieval like, Bent on Mischief Appeals to Pari — t, where 
he try's to gain by confusion his venture by the Licentioness 
of the Press. He allows the Go verm! Plan to be similar to 
other of his Majesty's Colonies ; yet appeals to Lex Parlia- 
menti to forereach upon the Crown's Power, by Blind Craft 
Hoodwinck it, not daring to hurt the Regale Authority unless 
he can do it thro' y! Lordl^ sides, by destruction of y! Royal 
Charter ; whose authority by y'^f & y! Ancestors has been at 
all times excircised with impunity & Consonant to our British 
Constitution by Law Establish'd. I drew an Answ'', Men 
of sound Judgem! approved, but Cautioned the publish! as 
you abroad ; it wo'? subject much altercation and abuse from 
Licentious Writers of Base Contumely : thereon I opin'd it 
Best to drop Public Notice. 

In that Let! inform'd you of Bills of Exch : value £6252. 
1Q\ lO'^ & of cash £6000 Total! £12252. 16^ lOi Both now 
arrived & delivered up by me to the Mess!" Hanbury for & 
to y! ace* since the delivery of the Bills, a Bill of them drawn 
by one Semple, on his Coresp'ii' at Glascow, Scotland, value 
£1900 is protest'd, I have dispatch'd Back the Bill for re- 
exchange, it will cost the party 15 p! C! you some time kept 
out of rec! And I advised you in my Let! & a former, in 
w^ Let! I inclosed M! Lyon's Ace! amt? to some what more 


than £800. Bal : to you £ 118. I can't be very exact, the 
Ace* not with me, ont of w'' Bal : I ordered him to pay M? 
L's Borde Miss Julliets Board ab' £36 reck? her parapharnalia 
included. Follows an Ace* of all Disbursem*.^ paym'.^ on yl 
Acc'.° By Draughts from me on the Mess? Hanbury. An 
Ace' paym'.^ to the Artificers at y5 House the End of South- 
ampton Row, Bloomsburry, London Viz. 



Sept^ 23d To Tho^ Bush, Carpenter - 



£500. 0. pt 

Octr 2? 

To Hen. Hartley, Smith - 




7. 9 in full 

Dec^ 15^}' 

' To W'P Selfe, Stone Mason - 



0. pt 



7. 9 pt 

Jany 1^.* 

To Tho^ Clarke, Plaisterer 



Do gth 

To Tho! Bush, Carpenter. 

400. 0. pt 



March 3"? To W™ Tyler, Chimney Pieces 

- 80. 

0. pt 

Bal. due 

'. 60. 0. 

D? D? 

To E. Helling, Glazier 

- 100. 

0.0 on 


Aug^ leth To Hen : Hartley, Smith - 

- 51. 

1.0 in 


Sept! 2'? 

To Tho! Clark, Plaisterer - 

- 342. 



72. 12. 


Dec-: 22! 

To M^: Leroux, Surveyor. 



D? D? 

To Edw'? Gray, Brick lay. 


0. pt 




D« D? 

To E. Helling, Glazier 


0. pt 


35. 5. 


D? 23-i 

To Tho^ Bush, Carpenter 




426. 12. 


D? D? 

To W?i Jelfe Mason 




138. 9. 


D» D? 

To I. Wildsmith, Paviour 


0. p'. 


19. 7. 


D« D° 

To W? Varley, Plumber. 




21. 6. 


Oct! 4t> 

To Geo. Stuart, Painter 


16. 8 in 


Debt 794. 4 




In full and Of Bills paid £2812. 5. 5 

Y! Credit to me on the Mess? Hanbury for the afores? 
purpose £3000 rem? Cred^ £187. 14^ 7^ for the use of that 
House, now in sufficient order for yf reception, the particulars 


done sent you in a former Letf Yf Sister Caroline there until 
Notice of y!" return — 

As to yy House in Lincoln Inn fields, that has been sold 
some time and of w^ I advertised in former Let? the money 
£1980. 13! Sale £2000 Taxes ded'l'^ £19. 7^ reduced the 
Sale to £1980. 13^ paid on Day of the Conveyance by M"^ 
Proudfoot, & the sum delivered to the Mess"".' Hanbury by 
me according to yT Directions. 

Follows Disbursem*.^ By me of paym'.^ Drawn on the Mess? 
Hanbury By yT Order & unavoidable Necessary Viz. 


To W™ Lyon July 13'^^ be then no money of y? paym^ ■> £ s - 

to the Land lady yT House Queen Street Bloombury J 17.. 10. 

To M^ Tietz Portrait Painters March 27'.^ by y^ Orders. 52.. 10. 

To Jene : Sisson Int. her charges : Dr Bevis In* for yT view before "» 5.. 0. 

y^ departure. NovT the 6'^ paym* -> 

To Doctor Griffenberg y^ Orders paym'. Dec^ l!_' 20. 0. 

To M'-.s Hester Harford y' Orders, Jany paym' the 24*^ 120. 0. 

To Doctor Bevis April 29* Astronomical advice to Mary"? 21. 0. 

To D° Sept^ 15'h for his Azimuth Sexton & Additiol Advice to D° 84. 0. 

To Jere Sisson in full Ins^.^ & Package of D? to Ditto 11. 5. 
To M^ Mason & Dixon ths Surveyors arrived to D? Money ] 

Advanced to them prom* paym* bet yr. Lord?^ & Mess"".^ Penns !" 71. 0. 
£142. yT J Moity J 

To M? Harford y^ Orders paym* JanY the 4*? 200. 0. 

Draughts on paym* Tot. £602. 5. 

I now close all y^ Lord^J money concerns at present stand- 
ing, under my managem! & Cognizance ; triffles of paym! 
may remain unobserved. In my next I will transmit a short 
sketch of the Mess? Hanbury Acco! Gen! Note a Debit Bill 
y? is deliv^ to me from S! Mathew Blackiston Grocer in the 
strand, he has closed all Trade yy Deb' £84. 16. lO'f his part 


for recovery all his concerns to his Lawyer, 1 expecf? suite, 
JNI" Lyon says a Debt left unpaid. 

M? Harford returns all thanks for yf Beneficence to her & 
Children, they reside at Mortlake in Surry. Relative to y? 
the 25^^ of Oct^ y! Racer Brilliant won 2 plates last year & 
think he merits keeping. As to y! Horse Harmony, he's 
sold, he wo'^ noways answ! The most to be got was £25 
& that with DiflBeulty, not worth his keeping, the perchaser 
offers him for much less. I've advertised y! vacant Ground 
for Builders to take at Southampton Row, none offer. M^ 
Butcher rests quiet. Rent commences from S' Michael Last. 
By y! Lease you are in part concerned with his Grace of 
Bedford for repair & making the Road before yf premises, 
a plan is settled, yy Moiety £60. A Pipe of IMadeira from 
Maryland is Bottled off & in y! Binns there. I've sent yf 
compP.^ to S! Abraham Janssen, hear not of him. When you 
send that curiosity of flower for him, some to me & of other 
valuable seeds will be acceptable. You are in the Neighbour- 
hood of Eden, the fall of Our Grand Parents. Doctor Sharpe 
is become Pontifex Master at the Temple ; he visits none but 
the Great, his Brother seldom to be seen, tho' but Clarks, 
the Souv — gn in his circle speaks to them. When I see 
Mr Dallinger I will deliver to him y!' orders for reception 
of his Tenantry. The Globes & Telescopes are sent by a 
ship Bound to Leghorn from thence to be dispatch'd to you 
at Consul Hayes at Smyrna, no ship being bound for that 
Port these three months. 

By late Leff jl Lieu! Gov^ & the Assembly were out. His 
Excell^^ says, he could not pass the continuance of the To- 
bacco Inspecting Act mentioned in his Speech, if not regulated 
by valuation of Coin according to the Statute of Queen Anne ; 
this he observed not only by y! Inst°.^, but also the Crown's 


rec! It may slip y'" Lord';^ mind such y^ Instl^ preparative 
you sent him to obviate false valuation over or under this 
the former act they did the Lo. H. over value to cheat y^ 
officers flFees. In his Lety he says, the Cur''-'' Act was in De- 
bate ; An Act very prejudicial to you, Duty ifree on all 
Tobacco's lost; this during War of much prejudice to you. 
I conceive no reason for it, why y!" father suffered his Tuu- 
nage on ships to be included a Loss to him, by it he exonerated 
the Merch'i Loss, who upon the Trade is a great Gainer, & 
for w! Gain he ventures his ship, he may have Insurance to 
make good, he pays not a Doit in Support of the provincial 
State ; other reason I conceive was Gain of Popularity to his 
Gov! who must have imposed upon him. The Act passed 
in 1733, duration to Sept!' 1764, Duty ffree on Loss by re- 
export, to make good 90000 £ CurY within the Limited time 
15^ upon Tobacco Hogsh*!;' & upon ship Tuunage, the Latter 
a great Loss to you from unreasonable Gain to the Merch*, 
who upon the whole Trade is Gainer. Re-export on the 
Tobacco Hoghs'? has colour, for by it the Planter has salvage. 
Last year I wrote the Gov!" I would sign no more certificates 
on Loss on yf Ace* after SeptT 1764 & of w^ I had warn'd 
the Merch'.^ here. No colour have they for continuance of 
such an Act but it having been passed. The Staple of the 
Cur'=7 Act is Bank stock perchased by money arising upon 
Duties on Tobacco HogsM & ship Tunnage; 'tis certain all 
Cur"?' i, e. money shou*? turn out sterling, for no Commerce 
can be held where it does not, 'tis Central to all points. 
Bank Stock at present is Low. If thro' Logical Argumf it 
be reasonable on Ace* of defficiency of the Cur'^?' Staple by 
Bank Stock sold to make paym! sterl? for the use of the Cur°^ 
at the Expiration of the Act, a further time be allowed to the 
Act to make good Public Cre^* the requisition of such time 


may be three years, I think not so hjng, it depends at times 
the Buying in the stock, how it will answ! at the experation 
of time on Sale ? for by the Peace Bank Stock is now at least 
20 pi Cen' advance upon sev! sums of money p! ann laid out 
in that stock to make the CurY good sterl? so T hope the 
perchase at times will Counter-Ballance to make good. For 
its time the Act had its Quietus, an unreasonable Bargain to 
you. This inter als. of consequence, how much you may be 
wanted, y! Dissent to unreasonable Laws ; unavoidable but 
by the steady Adherance of yT Upy H. to you & y! Gov! 
As to the Inspection Law, Intelligence says that is passed 
conformable to Inst"^ The Gov!" writes all's Quiet. The 
Savages of Little hurt on yT Quarter part, America. I hope 
yy return by Midsuml" you are too Venturesome, Avoid Po- 
land 'tis a Dissert. No of Syracuse Wine rec^ By 

Yl LordP^ Affec* Uncle & faithf Serv* 
Cecil : Calvert 

Pos' Inclosed Doctf Jam' mild Powders 1 Dozen the other 
Dozen sent to Smyrna in the Box with the Globes and Tele- 
scopes — the Duke of York at Genoa. The Duke Brunswick 
expected, joyous marriage. Princess Augusta. My Wilkes 
at Paris. Large Bets on his return & Non-return by the 
meeting of the Parliam' on the House's suIHons for his Ap- 
pearance. I think he will not. 



[Personal matters]. 

Loudon Jan^ 30']^ 1764 
My Dear Lord/ 

By the return of the post I answ": y'^.' of Nov! 10* & D? the 

15*^ I am glad to hear mine of the 25*!' of Oct^ is read by 

you, two more Via Vienna from me are due to you. you pay 

me kind compl'f for my Address to you it give no smal 

pleasure y'' estimation thereof, I do it with sincerety. the 

11'!' of this instant, I wrote you of all particulars concerns 

fully, inter als, of £12252. 16. 10^ late remittances rec*? from 

yT Provincial Rec^ Gen! deliv'! by me to the Mess? Hanbury 

for & to yf acc*.= & in that Let' Noted a Bill of Exch^.-^ of 

£1900 value part of the aforesaid sum was protested, it was 

But is since paid, this my Letf via Napoli. y' residence at 

Southampton row, Miss Calvert [well] save a cold she has 

got I deem from return of the Bell Assemblies &c^ y! Hous 

she is much pleased with is ready for y! reception. I've paid 

the Artificers on y! Ace! £2812. 5. 5 in p* due to them £796. 

4. 7. I have wrote to you particulars. Via, Napoli & sent 

you one Dozen of Doctor James's Mild Powders, the other 

Dozen I have sent in the Box with the Tellescopes & Globes 

to Smyrna as by you directed. Y!" ace! at olympus sortie 

agreeable, fine Trout delicious, was I woman sho^ Long. I 

have paid M? Hertford £200 : Miss Julliets ace' is paid £36. 

all these persons well. I will take & do the best con? the 

Benevolence to y! Province value £200 worth in Gun powder 

& Ball & inclose y5 Let! to yf L! Governor; from whom I 


have a Letf dated the 12*:!' of Novf last, the Assembly was 
then sitting ; by the Tenor of his Letf bnt short, he observes, 
the fierceness of the Savages abates, & that the obdurate Spirit 
of the Lo. H. of Assembly mollifyes ; these being Tyding of 
Gladness to you I note them to you. I am emerged in, Ink 
& upon paper for y!" Province of Maryland, therefore have 
but just time as the Ships are on departure to write at this 
present time some few occurences to you. I am concern'd for 
the Birth you mention, 'tis unlucky an embaressement. Tis 
yy own creating, do the Best ; comfort her ; my ComplV to her. 

Y!f Aff? & faithful Serv! 

C^cil! Calveet 

Pos' I hope yf return soon yT Affairs ^ -r i i i 

. 1 1 o . 1 1 V^ 1 • 1° health so so, 

indeed & mdeed want you. On closmg 

•^ ^ > thanks y": 

have a LetT from the Maryland Survey? i 

. \. enquiry, 

who have begun the 40"" degree Line of Lat. j 


[Personal Affairs. The Penns.] 

West!^ June 1^.' 1764— 
My Dear Lord/ 

Yy Letf of April the Q^^ has revived me from despondency 

about your Safety, not hearing from you since Janf the 26i^ 

the 10* of w? ins* I wrote you a Long Let^ Via. Napoli. 

since all my Let? at least sight particularizing all concerns I 

directed to you a Monsf Le Baron Friers a Vienne. By my 


two last March 28','^ & April the 6'." I inclosed you the Mess? 
Hanbury Accounts Gen! & My Lyon's Ace! & specify'd on 
the Back of Lyon's Ac*:^ all my paym? on yf ace* to yf Arti- 
ficers in Southampton How, w? paym'^ amounted to £2812. 5. 
5, the rem"*.^ of y^ Credit to me out of the £3000, rem^^r £187. 
14. 7 out of w'i must be paid £60 yT Moiety with the Duke 
of Bedford settled for the way before yy door. I also specify'd 
the rem"^!" of yT Debit then to y5 Artificers, particularizing to 
each amt? upon the whole to the sum of £794. 4' 9^, & I 
particularised my draughts on Mess'".^ Hanbury y! private 
Orders & on yf Acco' paym*f am'i^^ to the sum of £632. 5! 0^, 
& to give you a clear view on those matters I thirdly inclose 
you the Mess? Hanbury Ace' Gen! as accident may have been 
by Loss of the formers transmitted you. of Mf Lyon's ace* 
amount? to £569. 15^ 1 out of w^ Bal. to you £148. 3^ 4^ he 
is at Woodcote disposing by sale yf Horses, I know not How 
nor why? I have seen little of Mf Provost, have done all 
he has desired of me. He told me some time past Woodcote 
sale was to be in May, now postponed to be in this instant 
& by the advertisem! to be by auction sold by Mf Langford 
at his Action Room Coveut Garden. Yf vacant ground at 
Southampton Row we can't get Builders to take. Yl House 
& environs are very agreeable. Yf sister Caroline has a 
pleasant Birth & the Air agrees with her well. I have sent 
y!" inclosed to her, & y!f to Mrs. Harford who resides at 
Mortlake. Epsom Races now are, yf Horse Brilliant M" 
Sparrow thinks not proper to run there, a superiour Horse 
being entered for that course designed ag* him, he is to run 
at Guildford. His Excellency the French Ambassadour has 
sent me a Messuage, he designing for the Races, requested the 
favour of seeing Woodcote & taking the Liberty of dining 
there by his own Cook. I returned him a Polite Card of his 


being very acceptable to you, at the same time an order to 
Mf Lyon to receive him in the Best manner yT seat afforded. 
With regard to yf Provincial Affairs, much wrangle has 
been occasioned by the Lo. H. w!" the Up!" H. has with forti- 
tude & good sense defeated. In my Let™ I have advertised 
you the particulars, so at present defer particular remarks 
thereon ; some little dispute con? has been here not worth 
relating ; at present all subsides, & by the Gov''? last Let" the 
same in the province & the Indians have very Little Effected 
yf Province. Pensilvania by the Indians has suffered much 
depredation with Loss of much Blood on Both sides ; the 
Indians have assail'd within six miles of Philadelphia, much 
abuse is publish'd here ag' Mess!f Penns & their Administra- 
tion of Goverm' ; great war to dispossess them of the Goverm' 
part. Mf Tho' Penn is much Effected he told me with the 
clamour, his whole Govem' is in confusion, his Nephew not 
above 24 & unschooled in the arts of Life of human dealings, 
not fit for the task, he observed, saying how do you manage ? 
(he has had four Gov" in the time you have had one) I told 
him you avoided wrangle as much as possible, was firm to the 
real Rule of Goverm' Says he, y! Lo. H. is vexatious &, 
turbulent. I answ!^ yes. But of that y! Lord? left to be 
decided by the Upf H, He replyed in that his Lord? has 
much the advantage of us. I have wrote fully on all matters 
to yl" Govf & transmitted him the Gun powder & y!' Let" of 
these matters I've wrote you particulars. I can't help observ- 
ing like to arise much violent disseutiou in y^ province, w!* I 
think can't be well cured but by y!" Presence at home, I there- 
fore hope y^ return. May all health attend you & that this 
Let!" may meet you in happiness at Warsaw, from My Lord 

Yf very aflP^ Uncle & 
faithful Serv* 
C^cil! Calvert. 


Pos' I am well recovered but am old ; think the Tunbridge 
Steel water will Benefit me so design shortly there, y? of the 
within date rec-^ 28'." of May. 

Pos' Y!" Globes & Telescopes sev! mouths past sent you to 
Smyrna, & yT convex Glass directed to My Greenville, y'" 
Pocket Books not arrived./ 


[Academy at Annapolis]. 

Cha= Street Westf July 2*? 1764. 
My Dear Lord 

This is my 3'? Let^ to Warsaw, since yy intelligence of 
direction to you via Vienna by Baron Friers. I have y^^ 
Pera April the 24^? w*? gives me Spirits not only of your 
being well, but also of your intention homewards by way of 
Poland. I have had lately a Lety from yy L!^ Govy & from 
him Acts of Assembly passed by him 34. the 4* of October 
Last, & some of them Acts being of a peculiar Nature, requires 
yy peculiar attention & consideration in as much I appre- 
hend to occasion yy Dispatch. The Province, he says is Quiet 
& no harm has happen'd by Indian War, but seems to think 
much disquiet will arise at the meeting of the next Assembly, 
by the Lo. H. particularly, con? a Bill for the establishm! of 
an Academy for Learning at Annapolis ; as means thereunto, 
they design striping you, Nolens Volens of yf right to the 
House some years past Built & from their 111 will not finished 


at Annapolis, designed as residence for you & y' Gov' & for 
w** purpose yT father gave a Large Quantity of ground. And 
for maintenance to the Academy tliey are for making a per- 
petual Law by gift of the ordinary Licences, & this done 
with' any favour from you or acknowledgera' to you, this is 
very unjust & alarming ! he hints th' many of the Up' H. 
think an Academy necessary. In a Letf June the 12'.'' I 
wrote him, as I expect you home by Nov', I shou*? then have 
the opportunity to laye all matters in Contest before you. In 
the mean time hoped & did not doubt. But that he & the 
Up! H. will reject all attempts upon y! Lordi^' rights, Dignity 
& property ; that if any favour was reasonable to be gained, 
it must be first by Dutiful remonstrance had by yT permission. 
I thus Briefly state matter of consequence to you, yf real 
presence is absolutely necessary. Unfortunate incidents & 
turbulent Spirits in Pensilvania has bro' on the Mess? Penns 
much vexation & trouble, their senate have voted an Address 
to the K. . . to take the Goverm* out their hands ; & our 
papers exhibit much abuse ag' them — 

The 28'i!' of last month Woodcote by My Langford in Coveut 
Garden was by Auction put up to Sale, I attended ; to my 
Surprise none appeared but the wretch'd, at last after much 
Silence, One of M' Laugfords puffs bid £15000 & so on by 
his other Puffs to £23900 he then struck his hammer, not one 
real Bidder, they may write you of Persons since ab! it, be 
not amused & add further charge on you, be yf own judge on 
y! return. 

The convex Glass not being sent I have stop'd it, agreeable 
to y! orders. I am glad you have the Mess? Hanbury Ace? 
Bal to you £21534. 9' 3' & in my last 3^ June I noted to you 
11' Bills of Exch: value £1061.. 15^ 4'' rec^ making their 
Ace! £22596. 4. 7 to you if any Errors by their ace? that will 


be adjusted on yl return, by their rec' of Bills & Specie deliv? 
to them. Mf Bush the Carpenter has been with me, desired 
to know if he was to go on further in work, I told him no, 
leaving further proceed®,^ at yf return as well as paym' — I 
have p^ Ml' Harford yf order £50— And to Mi^ Hales shall 
follow yy order to have £100 & as you desire & Do to her 
requisite good offices — Yf pocket Books from Turky not ar- 
rived — Yf Horse Brilliant won a plate £50, a in Suifolk 
D? is to run at Ipswich — I am drinking Dog & Duck water, 
after design the steel spaw. With refreshm' of Woodcote & 
Quiet I hope to strengthen my Nerves — S^ Abraham Janssen 
past all hopes of recovery. Fre^ Hyde & Madam Bressan 

Dead. Mr B g & wife in Lincolnshire has made as yet 

no settlem* Miss Caroline's Love to you, a charming Suiuer — 
rumour of war, administration not easy — Stocks sink — With 

all Esteem 

Y! Aff' Uncle & faithfl Serv* 


Pos' have y? May IS*? answ? in this/ 

To L^ Baltimore 

a Baron Freiss Vienna 



[Personal Explanations. Alienation Fines. 

Public Burdens. Paper Currency]. 

I have the Honour of yours of the 28'!" of Feb7 As to 
what regards my Brother your answer is conclusive. I did 
not apprehend that my Request wou'd interfere with any 
System, or particular plan you had laid down, having been 
induced to make it, not only from what the Govf himself 
suggested, that, for want of precision in your Recommendation, 
he cou'd not guess what was expected from him ; but from 
what he had frequently intimated before, that had there been 
no other obstacle than his Inclination my Brother's pre- 
tentions wou'd not have been so long overlooked. The Gov! 
having often assured me, that he had warmly recommended 
my Brother as a proper person to be provided for, w''.'' seem'd 
to imply, that an ulteriour Approbation was necessary, & 
you having been so obliging as to signify your Disposition 
to serve Him, I concluded that ev'ry Difficulty was remov'd. 
These Circumstances led me to make the Application I did, 
w"} tho' they may not evince its propriety, will yet, I hope, 
excuse the Mistake I have committed in it. As to what 
relates to ]M^ Ross &c. I shall not detain you on that Head, 
presuming, however, that his situation hath not appear'd to 
be materially different, from what it was supposed to be, when 
you favour'd me with your Letter to the Gov! 

I have been well informed of the real occasion of Ross's 
leaving England. 

You are pleased to observe that the Governour's Dispo- 
sition is Good-nature & to Subjoin, " pay him the Compliment 


due to his Station, & you'll obtain your Suit." If the Com- 
pliment you allude to, was in making Application to him, 
it has been, over & over paid, nor did I apply through any 
other channell, till he gave me Reason to conclude that it 
was necessary. I well know that a power to confer favours 
is as necessary to sustain the Weight & Influence of a 
Governour's Station, as his due Regard, in dispensing them, 
to the Merit, Services, & Connections of Competitors is neces- 
sary to the promotion of his Lordships Interests, & to the 
Authority of his Government. When upon a distant Hint 
of improper Behaviour one is put upon guessing, shou'd the 
conjecture be erroneous, it is not without Excuse, especially 
when, upon an Accurate Retrospection into past conduct, no 
just occasion of offence, or complaint can be discover'd. 

If (for I can only speak hypothetically) the Gov'" has sur- 
mised any Thing to my Disadvantage, I must take the Liberty 
to say, he has acted with a Degree of disingenuous Duplicity, 
wl"" I never suspected him to be capable of. I have not had 
the least visible difference with him. When Business or 
Amusement hath brought us together ; I never perceived any 
Symptoms of Disgust, or coolness in his Behaviour, on the 
Contrary we have ever since his Residence here lived in a 
constant Interchange of Civilities. Upon my going last to 
England, there were a thousand Conjectures formed, & Re- 
ports spread concerning the Motive of my Voyage, & the 
Letters I reced, whilst I was there, informed me that the 
Govf suspected I entertain'd Views to injure him, &, exalt 
myself at his Expence. Upon my Return to Maryland it 
was more than whisper'd, that my ambitious Schemes had 
been defeated through the Vigilance & Address of M!^ Sharpe's 
Friends, whose Representations had made so deep an Impres- 
sion upon L^ Baltimore, that he even denied me an Audience. 


There are people in the World, who can, by laying hold of an 
Incident that is true, (my not having the Honour to see L^ 
Baltimore) dress up a formal Story with some semblance of 
probability. For some time I treated this Calumny with the 
Contempt I thought the Folly, & Impotence of it deserved, 
'till I heard that the Tale, strange as it is, had been seriously 
mentioned by a person very near the Gov!, when I thought it 
was proper, if it had excited any Suspicion to remove it, & 
imagin'd it had made no Impression, when he assured me 
with great Complacency, that he thought himself obliged to 
me for the favourable manner in w".^ I had spoke of him in 
England, where in Truth I always did speak of him, as a 
good-uatur'd man, & gave him the praise, I thought, his 
very alert, & serviceable conduct during Forbes's Expedition, 
merited, I must acknowledge, I was & still am persuaded, 
that an excessive facility of Temper, or a very artfull Man- 
agement, hath given some persons an Ascendant over him, 
who are not his Superiours in Point of Understanding & are 
infinitely his Inferiours in every other estimable Quality ; & 
that this yielding hath dimiuish'd the Weight he otherwise 
wou'd have had, drawn him into Inconsistencies he otherwise 
wou'd have avoided, & exposed him to Censures he wou'd 
not have incurr'd, if he had the Firmness to act upon his 
own Principles. Shou'cl he have been induced to beleive that 
the compliment due to his Station ought to be extended to all 
his Attachments, & that the Insolence of a little Jack Daw, 
strutting in a borrow'd Plumage, is not to be repress'd, because 
he is, now & then suifer'd to deck himself out in it. We 
unfortunately differ in opinion, & in this View I may, per- 
haps, have offended him ; but I utterly deny that I have in 
any Instance offer'd the least personal neglect, or disrespect 
to him, & flatter myself you will do me the Justice to beleive 


that, I wou'd not deny, what I cou'd not with the Strictest 

You will, I hope, pardon this Detail ; for as it is natural 
for me to conclude from the recited passage of your Letter, 
that some Representation, or supposition of Disrespect in my 
Behaviour to the GovT hath prevented my Brother f^ obtain- 
ing his Suit, so it is natural to endeavour to vindicate a 
conduct, w"? I am conscious doth not demerit any Repre- 
hension, & I am as confident, wou'd meet with none, if every 
Circumstance of it was candidly related, & fully understood. 

It is impossible to be quite silent upon such an occasion, 
tho' one is aware of the Difficulty in liitting the exact medium 
between saying too much, & saying too little. A total Silence 
is a Kind of Acknowledgement of the Justice of the Impu- 
tation, whatever it may be, — a minute Defence ag' every 
Charge, w"? Conjecture might suggest, wou'd be equally irk- 
some to make, & disgusting to read, & he who undertakes to 
obviate that w"^ has given offence, without being informed 
what it is whilst he is sensible of the Fallibility of Conjecture, 
he cant but apprehend, in such a state of Incertainty, that 
he may not have done enough, after he has done what he 
imagins to be, most probably, requisite. Had I been directly 
charged in any Instance with improper Behaviour to the 
Gov! I shou'd have very little Scruple in applying to him 
for his Grounds, & I believe as little Difficulty in giving 
satisfaction ; but I did not think myself at Liberty to take 
this Step upon the Hint contained in your Letter. 

The Anonymous Letter you mention to have been publish'd 
in one of the daily papers, is, I presume, the same we have 
had here in the Novf Magazine, undersigned R. B. supposed 
to be the initial Letters of Richard Brooke's name, tho' he is 
not believed to be the Author. I have sent you a Pamphlet, 


vf'^^ was deliver'd by the Door-Keeper of the Lower House 
under a Cover addressed to Each member of the Council. 
From whose Quiver this Shaft came is not at present Known. 
Something of the Kind was long expected, & I suspect was 
sent, when I was in England, to M!" Anderson under a Di- 
rection to My Franklin, who, I believe from many Circum- 
stances hath been concerned in the Composition. The Diction, 
or Style of it is very much like his — it was printed at his 
Press. In a late Publication, w*? he is known to be the 
Author of, there appears a great Resemblance of the Remarks. 
His schemes in Pensylvania are very correspondent with the 
general Spirit & Design of this Piece. These Circumstances, 
indeed, afford only a presumption, but I think it is enforced 
by this consideration. The Language & manner of this 
Pamphlet is so very unlike all the contraversial Messages 
from the lower House, that there is no Reason to infer the 
Author of it has been concerned in any of those Messages. 

The Message remarked upon, w'^I' it seems was penned by 
M'" Bordley, was sent from the Council in 1762; but the 
pamphlet does not really answer it ; for this Message, refer- 
ring to another, for the objections to the Assessment Bill, in 
1758, made the Message of 1758 part of itself; but to the 
objections contained in the Message of 1758, the Pamphlet 
doth not attempt an Answer. It asserts, indeed, that the 
Bill in 1762 was different from what was proposed in 1758; 
but this is gross misrepresentation : for th6 there were some 
unessential variations from the Bill of 1758, yet the plan was 
the same, & all the most exceptionable parts of the Bill of 
1758. upon w''.'' there was a Conference between the two 
Houses, were retained in the Bill of 1762. 

When the Lower House called upon the Upper for their 
objections to the Assessment Bill in 1762, as if they really 


M'ere ignorant what They cou'd be, altho They had been before 
the Subjects of a long Controversy, it provoked some iVsperity 
in the Answer. I penn'd all the Messages from the Council 
relative to the Assessment Bill, 'till 1762. when I was in 
England, & Know that those Passages of the original Assess- 
ment, against which our strongest objections were pointed, 
the Lower House literally transcribed into every subsequent 
Assessment Bill to the last. 

The whole Art of the Pamphlet consists in taking Advan- 
tage of some unguarded Expressions in the Message of 1762 
thrown out in the Ardour of Controversy, & in representing 
the Upper House to have been actuated in their Rejection of 
the last Bill, by motives they dared not to avow, & to bring 
to a publick Discussion, th6, really in EiFect, the Upper 
House, by referring to the Objections of 1758 made them 
over again in 1762, w".^ was not very improper, since the Bill 
of 1762 was essentially the same with that of 1758. The 
Affair being view'd in this just Light, it will appear too that 
many of the Reflections in the Message of 1762, being relative 
to the proceedings of 1758, do not deserve the Imputation of 
unfair Dealing; with the lower House in 1762. 

There is a matter very plausibly, but very unfairly repre- 
sented in the Pamphlet. I mean the Agent-Bill. In truth 
there never was a Bill framed in the Lower House for the 
Support of an Agent, w"'' the Promoters of it, seriously, 
expected wou'd pass into a Law. Any one, however, unac- 
quainted with our Politicks who shou'd peruse this Pamphlet 
wou'd be induced to conclude, that au Agent had always been 
refused, by the Upper House for no other Reason, than to 
prevent an Examination into, & Redress of the Oppressions 
& Aggrievances of the People by his Majesty in Council ; but 
if any of the Agent-Bills rejected by the Upper House are 


inspected, it will appear, the Upper House had other Reasons 
for their Dissent, among which, is this very strong one : They 
contain Reflections upon the Upper House, & impose a Tax 
upon the property of the Members of it, in order to support 
an Accusation against them, without allowing them any share 
in the Application of any part of the money in their Defence. 
The State given, by the Pamphlet, of the Agent-Bills is 
very consistent with all the proceedings upon that Subject ; 
for the Questions, as they are put upon these Bills are pro- 
posed so captiously, that no Member can vote in the negative, 
without voting directly against the Appointment of an Agent 
at all Events ; & this is the Reason, there is seldom a Division 
in the Lower House upon any of them, because the Friends 
to the Government can't divide, without seeming to adopt a 
Principle, which the Government hath always disclaimed. It 
was said that an Answer was preparing to the Remarks with 
the Assistance of Mf Bacon. He is an ingenious Man, & 
well acquainted with the springs of our Political Disputes, 
& I think that, by recurring to former Proceedings, a great 
Deal will be fouud done to his Hands. You will have heard, 
no doubt, before this can reach you, of the Application from 
the Assembly of Pensylvania to his Majesty for a Change of 
Government. My Franklin is at the Head of the Faction 
who desire the Change, & has had the Address to draw the 
principal part of the Quakers into his Measures, th6 evidently 
opposite to their Interests. The late Dispute between the 
Quakers & Presbyterians, occasioned by the Destruction of 
the Lancaster Indians by the Latter, hath risen to such a 
degree of Animosity, & Rancour, that the Presbyterians, tho 
always heretofore warm Advocates for a royal Government, 
are, from a principle of Enmity to the Quakers, become 
Friends on this Occasion to the Proprietary Party, & if the 


German Emigrants settled in that Colony, who are very 
numerous, shou'd be induced, from a Similarity of situation, 
& a Sympathy of relligious principles, to unite with the Pres- 
byterians, as one wou'd expect, there will be a great Majority 
in favour of the present proprietary Government. Franklin 
in a late piece intimates that there will be some Attempt in 
this Province to shake off his Lordship's Government, & a 
similar Passage occurs in the Remarks. There has been no 
meeting of our Assembly this year, nor will there be any, 
'till after a new Election, & therefore it is probable the Fate 
of the Application from Pensylvania will be determined before 
any can be made from Maryland, shou'd it be attempted, wl^ 
I very much doubt, th6 our party Dissensions run higher than 
ever I knew Them. 

I entirely agree with you that Lord Baltimore is, in all 
Reason Justice, & Equity, intitled to a fine upon every 
Alienation, & presumed that his Lordship deem'd this a 
very important Branch of his Revenue, w"^ it indubitably 
is. To secure it was my object, & that I have failed in my 
means to attain it, can be ascribed to no other cause than 
the workings of Malice, & the Intrigues of Envy. If his 
Lordship can at present enter upon the non-payment of the 
Alienation fine, the Amendment proposed by the Upper House 
to the Bill for a general Registry of all Deeds was at least 
unnecessary, & the Bill, consider'd only in the Light of 
pointing out when a forfeiture shou'd be incurred, & upon 
whom the Entry shou'd be made, was very beneficial to his 
Lordship. You observe that You can't conceive how the 
Amendment shou'd cause the Miscarriage of the Bill. 

Whether it did or not, is a mere question of fact, & there 
is the clearest Evidence to determine it upon : for the pro- 
ceedings of the Assembly shew, that the Bill was originated 


in the Lower House, & sent thence to the Upper ; that it was 
returned from the Latter with the Amendment ; that upon its 
Return to the Lower House, the question was put upon it, & 
it was there rejected. Thus the fact is establish'd beyond all 
Possibility of Doubt. 

Whenever I have mentioned this matter to you by Letter 
or orally, you must recollect that I always intimated my 
Apprehensions &c. & when an Event hath happen'd w"!" those 
Apprehensions predicted, there is a presumptive proof at least 
that I have not been rash in charging the Miscarriage of this 
important Bill to a motive very different from an honourable 
one, or what a Regard to his Lordship's Interests wou'd 
have prompted. As my Apprehensions had arisen from 
Experience & other Occurrences, so is my Opinion founded 
upon a direct, as well as presumptive proof; for there is 
an Indiscretion attending the Success of petty Intrigue, w'^? 
frequently betrays the Springs of it, & so it happen'd in 
the present Instance. 

You are pleased to ask why shou'd his Lordship's Alien- 
ation-fine be in a manner left a stray ? I must answer, that 
it wou'd have been effectually secured & that the proposed 
Law wou'd have been advantageous to his Lordship in other 
Respects. How this Purpose wou'd have been effected, my 
former Letters, & conversation have explained. But still it 
may be ask'd, why shou'd there not be a direct clause com- 
pelling the payment of the Alienation-fine? To this I answer, 
because the Lower House, as I foresaw, as every man upon 
the Spot knows, & as the Event hath proved, will not pass a 
Bill with such a Clause. Here another Question will arise 
not so easy for every one to answer — why shou'd the Bill, 
w*? the lower House had passed, securitative of so important 
a Branch of his Lordship's Revenue be alter'd, when nothing 


less from the Alteration coii'd really be expected, than the 
total Miscarriage of the Bill ? 

You observe that 3 successive Attorneys General have con- 
curr'd in Opinion, that L^ Baltimore hath a good Right to 
the Alienation fine &c. ; that he does not want an office ; that 
the Land falls to him by Extinguishment of the Tenure. 
Permit me to remark that the present Subject is the AIu nation 
fine, & not his Lordship's Title to Escheats propter Defectum 
Tenentis, to which part at least of the above Opinion seems 
applicable. I am convinced that my Lord hath a most equi- 
table claim to the Alienation-fine ; but upon what principle 
He can enter, if it is not paid, or how the Statute of Mort- 
main of the 7'!' Edw. 1^.' can be applied to this Topick, I 
can't conceive. By the Abolition of Tenures in the Reign 
of Car : 2f the Fines w"? attended them were abolish'd too 
& the Alienation of Land in England, from one private person 
to Another, is not restrained but by the provisions of particu- 
lar Deeds, or by particular local customs. 

The prse-fines. King's Silver & post-fines due upon the 
levying of Fines in the C. B. stand upon a different Reason 
from his Lordshijj's Claim to an Alienation fine upon all 
Conveyances of a Fee in virtue of a Clause in his Patents. 
It is this Clause which gives his Lordship's Right ; by this, 
I apprehend, it may be supported, & he must rely upon this 
provision in his Patent, for more Reasons than can now be 

I know that opinions have been given upon this Subject by 
Sir Geo : Treby, & afterward by Sir Dudf Ryder ; but neither 
of them apprehended, his Lordship cou'd enter upon non- 
payment of the Fine, or that a forfeiture of the Land was 
incurred thereby, & I always took this to be a clear Point. 
No one here has ever thought it necessary to erect a particular 


Office for the Receipt of the alieDation-fines, tho in Eifect 
his Lordship hath an Office here, for that purpose — I mean 
the Agent, who has Deputies in every County. Some, indeed, 
have thought the Finding of an Office necessary to intitle 
Him to Land by Escheat ; but I think they are mistaken, & 
the Opinions of Sir Geo : Treby, & Sir Rob', afterward L! 
Raymond, are against them. 

If, nevertheless, his Lordship hath a Right to enter, & a 
forfeiture is incurred by the non-payment of the Alienation- 
fines, he has sufPer'd extremely by the neglect of this Remedy. 
It is a plain, easy & effectual one ; but I thought & indeed 
still am of Opinion to the contrary tho I shou'd really be 
glad to be mistaken. 

I Hope I shall not be understood to argue ag' his Lord- 
ship's Right with a View to injure it, my Intention being 
very different. In Truth, I suspect, the nature of his Right 
is not distinctly, & accurately perceived, wl"" it ought to be, that 
some competent Course may be taken to establish & secure it. 

Be pleased to observe that, when the clause in the Patents 
relative to the Alienation-fines was originally framed, it was 
necessary to record all Conveyances by the Laws of this 
Province ; but these Laws have been long since abrogated, 
& the necessity of recording any other, than Deeds of Bargain 
& Sale hath ceased, th6 the Form of the Clause is still re- 
tained ; wherefore, as the peculiar Circumstances to which it 
was intended to adapt the clause, when it was first framed, 
have varied, it is not, at this Time, so suitable to the purpose 
of it, as it was originally ; but if a Law were enacted com- 
pelling the Enrollment of All Conveyances, those Circum- 
stances wou'd be revived. If this State of our Laws be 
not adverted to, there will appear to be great Confusion, & 
Perplexity in the clause. 


The fines upon Bargains & Sales used to be regularly paid, 
th6 it is now said, that these Fines have lately not been paid. 
If the Fact be really so, there has been most egregious neglect 
in suiFering it ; but I much doubt the Fact & suspect that 
they who have asserted it speak only of Mortgages, and do 
not distinguish between Bargains & Sales, & other Deeds. 
In every Instance of a Default of Payment, it can be most 
easily discover'd ; for the clerks of the Counties, & the Clerk 
of the Provincial Court return annually a List of the Alien- 
ations recorded in their respective Offices, & if that List be 
compared with the Account of the Fines received, surely it 
can't be difficult to ascertain, who have not paid. 

Give me Leave to state the Matter, as it arises from the 
Patents. If his Lordship has already received Satisfaction 
f™ the Opinions of his Council, it can be of no prejudice, 
& may be laid aside as useless. The Clause runs thus. 
" Yielding & paying therefore &c. the Pent &c. & for a fine 
upon every Alienation of the Land, or any Part or Parcel 
Thereof one whole Year's Rent, Provided that if the said 
sum for a fine for Alienation shall not be paid &c. before 
such Alienation, & the same entred upon Record &c. Avithin 
one month after such Alienation, Then the said Alienation 
shall be void & of none Effect. 

A man seized in Fee, in virtue of a Patent, conveys to 
.another in fee. the Grantee refuses to pay the Alienation-fine 
reserved in manner aforesaid. 

Q™ can Lord Baltimore enter into the Land convey'd 
claiming it, as forfeit'd upon Non-payment of the Alienation- 
fine, or hath he any other, & what Remedy to recover the 
said Fine? 

The Alienation fine is as much a Part of the consideration 
of every Patent, as the Caution-money, &, the Rent reserved ; 


& I make no doubt but the Chancellor wou'd, upon Applica- 
tion to him, decree the payment, & one or two Examples 
wou'd prevent future failures. We have many Precedents 
here in similar Instances, & our own precedents will always 
be regarded, besides the Equity of the Claim. Is it not 
evident that if all Conveyances were to be recorded — but I 
will trouble you no more on the Subject. I thought it of 
great moment to my Lord, & have therefore been very anxious 
to improve this Branch of his Revenue & this persuasion 
hath, perhaps, led me to say more than enough already. I 
must confess that it is some Mortification to have my well- 
meant Endeavours defeated, & that I have too much Sensi- 
bility to be able to suppress ev'ry Emotion of Indignation, 
when I perceive the Artifices of Envy have been palliated 
under a Profession of more laudable Views. We have lately 
got into a strange notion of Departments. It is common to 
hear it said, such a proposition ought to be rejected, because 
it doth not belong to his Department. Whether these Ideas 
may as certainly advance his Lordships Affairs, as they are 
apparently calculated for other Purposes, I shall not say ; 
but I conceive that it is within my Department, by w"i' I 
mean, my Duty, to represent from a principle of Gratitude & 
faithfullness, what I am persuaded is worthy of Attention, & 
to point out the measures to accomplish it with plainness, & 
Sincerity. If unwittingly, I offer anything of a different 
Tendency, I shall always be ready to retract my Errors, as 
soon as I perceive them. 

What you was pleased to observe in respect of the Ordinary 
Lycences was set forth, as I find by my notes, in a Message 
from the Council in March Session 1755, to w*? I cou'd not 
be a Stranger. If that Message proves his Lordships Right, 
it does more, I have reason to say, than the Author of it 


imagiu'cl. The matter is now at large, there being no Act of 
Assembly in force relative to the Subject, & if his Lordship 
is really intitled to the Benefit of the Lycences in virtue of 
any Right springing out of his Charter, Measures may now 
be taken to assert it : for there is not a maxim better estab- 
lished among the Professors of the Law, or more evidently 
deducible f" the principles of common Reason than this — 
He who hath a Right to any thing is intitled to a Remedy to 
recover it, if withheld ; legal Right, & legal Remedy being 
convertible Terms. 

As my meaning was purely to give you Information, & to 
apprize you of what is to be expected, I shall not pursue the 
Subject any further, & especially as in stating, explaining, 
and applying the Precedents you refer to, & some other rela- 
tive to this Topick, my Letter might seem to catch something 
of a contraversial Air, very unsuitable to the Correspondence 
you have honour'd me with. 

You have been very rightly informed that there is no 
establish'd church in Pensylvania, & that the Support of it 
in Maryland is a disagreeable Burthen to the Dissenters, who 
are at the Expence of Maintaining their own Clergy, or 
Teachers, besides contributing to the Stipend of the parochial 
Clergy. What is paid to these by the Professors of the 
establish'd Faith, is paid without Reluctance, except where 
a profligacy of manners or extreme Ignorance hath marked 
them out, rather as objects of Detestation, or Contempt, than 
of Reverence, or Regard ; & I have the pleasure to observe 
that these Instances do much seldomer occur now, than they 
formerly did. The objection to the Clergy's Dues being 
confined principally among the Dissenters, is not so great 
an obstruction in the People of this province, as it may be 
supposed to be, tho' without Doubt it is some Disadvantage. 


Exclusive of the 30 "^ Poll, the weight of Taxes is much 
heavier here than in any other Colony, & therefore Lauds 
of similar Quality must be less valuable. His Lordship 
grants his Land in respect of his caution, or purchase money, 
& Rent, at an easier Rate than Mess" Penns do, in many 
Instances, thd at a much higher, than in the royal Govern- 
ments; but yet if an exact Estimate were made, it wou'd 
turn out I suspect, that the Taker up of Land pays more for 
it in Maryland, than in Pensylvania. The seeming Paradox 
that L^ Baltimore receives less for his Land, than Mess? 
Penns do for theirs, & that yet the Purchaser from the former 
pays more than the purchaser f? the Latter, is easily ex- 
plained. Very little is paid in Pensylvania beyond what is 
received by Mess'".' Penns, a great Deal is paid in Maryland 
beyond what is received by L^ Baltimore. Petitions, Draughts 
of petitions, orders, Warrants, Renewments, Recordings, Sur- 
veys, Journey Fees, Platts, Certificates, Recordings again, 
Examiniugs, Patents, Recordings again, Seals, to say nothing 
of Perquisites, contingent Hearings, & Lawyers fees, are very 
expensive in Maryland. If it be consider'd that the Fees 
charged by the Judges or Registers of the Land-office, Sur- 
veyors, Examiner, Clerks, Chancellor, amount to an annual 
sum of at least, by the most moderate Computation, Half a 
Million of Tobacco (w"_^ if denied may be easily proved) it 
may be well conceived, that there is little Room left for his 
Lordship to add to the Caution, or Purchase money. 

It is nothing to the Taker up of Land to whom he pays, 
whether to my Lord, or to his Ofiicers. He will only consider 
what he can aiford to pay, & it is certain that the more he pays 
to the Officers, the Less he will be able to pay to his Lordship. 

His Lordships other Officers are paid by the People ; but 
the Judges of the Land Office, and the rest who are concerned 


in respect of his Grants, are paid actually out of his Lord- 
ship's Pockett, as may be collected from what I have said. 
When the Inspection Law first took place & the Assembly 
were for applying their pruning Knife to the Fees of the 
Land-office &c, they were told, that this office was peculiarly 
his Lordship's; that, as he might demand what he pleased 
for his Lands, so might he regulate these Fees, as he thought 
fit ; that it was nothing to the People, it was not a publick 
office to which They were obliged to apply, it being in their 
option whether They wou'd take up Lands, or not; that 
the Fees were to be consider'd as part of the Terms of the 
Purchase, w*^!' my Lord, had a right to fix. Hence it hap- 
pen'd that the Fees in the Land-Office are so much higher, 
than in any of the other Offices. I am of Opinion that, in 
the present situation of Things, his Lordship wou'd effectually 
put a stop to the Business of the Land-office, shou'd He raise 
the Caution-money, unless some method be fallen upon to do 
it, without increasing the Expence to the Purchaser, w".*", 
without Doubt, might be done. 

In a few years there will be very little vacant Land, & 
therefore there will be probably more Attention bestow'd 
upon the Improvement of the manors, or reserved Lands. 

Every Gentleman who lets out Land in this Country, 
knows, how difficult it is, with the utmost Care, to make 
any considerable profit by that scheme, & how impracticable 
it is, to get an annual Rent equal to half the Interest wl"^ 
wou'd arise from the money, for which the Land wou'd sell, 
or to prevent the Abuses of Tenants in the Commission of 
waste. They who have children to provide for, keep their 
Land with ^ that view, it is a kind of property less slippery, 
than money is, in the Hands of Young or Imprudent People, 
& moreover, every one here follows the Business of plantings 


or farming who is not of some profession, engaged in Com- 
merce, or imployed in office. If Landlords on the Spot find 
little profit, & suffer much from waste & Destruction of 
Timber, it may be easily imagin'd, that his Lordship finds 
less, & suffers more. 

If his Lordship shou'd on a consideration of all circum- 
stances, be inclined to sell his reserved Lands, I can see no 
Reason why he shou'd not get as good a price, as any private 
Gentleman Avou'd do, for Lands of the Like Quality, & still 
add to his Revenue by a Reservation of the common quit- 
rent, & Alienation-fine. It is true that Purchasers, able to 
pay down large sums, do not offer every day ; but there are 
many able to pay part, & the Land might be engaged, with its 
after Improvements, for the Residue ; & to prevent Jobbing 
by low Sales, it might be limited that no Land shou'd be 
sold at a less Price than e. g. 20/. ster! "^ acre. If it be a 
fact, w*? no one can controvert, that the Rent even when 
punctually paid, falls short considerably of the Interest of the 
money for which the Land wou'd sell — if his Lordship makes 
less Profit by his Leases, & suffers more from the abuses of 
waste, & the Destruction of Timber, than other Gentlemen 
upon the spot generally do — if He loses the quit-rent, & the 
casual Profits of Alienation-fines, & Escheats by reserving 
his Lands, a loss to w"}' Others are not subject — it wou'd seem 
that it wou'd redound more to his Benefit to sell, than retain 
them. It is true Land may rise in its value; but of that 
there is not a very near prospect to those who reflect what 
immense Tracts of Land are now to be settled in America in 
Consequence of our late Acquisitions, & that Land like every 
other Commodity is valuable, or not, in proportion to its 
Plenty, or scarcity & must rise very considerably indeed, in 
the Course of twenty years to compensate for the Loss of the 


above Interest, the common quit-rent, tlie Alienation-fine & 
the chance of Escheats in the mean time. 

I do not presume to recommend this scheme, or any Regu- 
lation of the manner in making Grants, I have only hinted 
what I imagine may be very well worth considering, if it 
shou'd be thought worth Notice, it might not be difficult to 
digest the whole into a methodical Plan & the means of carry- 
ing it into Execution might be pointed out. 

Tlie Affair of a Tax upon the Colonies is extremely delicate, 
the Extent of their Intercourse with Brittain depends upon 
their mutual Interests, they will be supplied with brittish 
Manufactures as long as they shall pay for them, & They 
will call for this supply as long as they shall find it more for 
their Interest to import, than set Them up in America. This 
is the Band of the Correspondence. Ev'ry shilling gained by 
the American Commerce hath centred in Brittain, & fallen 
into the Pockets of the brittish Merchants, Traders, Manu- 
facturers, & Land-holders, & it may therefore be justly called 
the brittish Commerce. If their Commerce is contracted & 
rendred less profitable to the Americans, the Less they will 
have to lay out in Brittain & consequently the less will be the 
Importation of brittish Commodities. The less the Impor- 
tation, the dearer will the Commodities be, & the dearer these 
become, the less will it be for the Interest of the Americans 
to be supplied through the old channell, & therefore the more 
will it be for their Interest to establish an interval Supply, 
for which they have ample Means in their power. Every 
Tax, or Burthen, however imposed, laid upon an American 
Consumer of any Commodity, will operate as effectually as 
a Bounty to encourage the making of it, the Saving of 
any given Sum being equal to the Receipt of it ; but as 
you observe, this is a matter to be submitted to our great 


Superiours, who I hope, understand the affairs, & connection 
of America with the Mother Country, much better than some 
of their Predecessors in high Office have done. 

The Act of Parliament, prohibiting all further Emission 
of Paper in America, to be a Tender, in Payments, hath been 
published here. 

The Currencies of the Colonies were under the Consider- 
ation of the House of Commons some years ago, & the late 
L^ Baltimore, who was then a Member, observed, that the 
paper money of Maryland being No Tender in discharge of 
Sterling Debts was not liable to the objection made to the 
other Currencies ; & means, adequate to the End of sinking 
it, having been provided, it was not obnoxious to any just 
Censure. M^ Pelham was of the same Opinion & declared 
that our paper money Act was quite unexceptionable. Rich 
People have, I believe, made an Advantage of the Depreti- 
ation of our money, for They foresaw that it must, from the 
Stability of the Funds, regain its Credit, & therefore invested 
a good Deal of their property in this Kind of money ; but the 
real Cause of the Depreciation was the method taken to put 
it into Circulation, for this purpose it was given away, & the 
old Proverb, Lightly come. Lightly go was strongly exempli- 
fyed. Men who have the Command of money in Maryland, 
as well as in England will endeavour to make Advantage 
of it, & there is no preventing a little Stock-jobbing in the 
fornier any more than in the latter place. 

You must have been misinformed with respect to the State 
of our Currency, the Circulation of it was limited by the Act, 
& therefore no Creditor was obliged to receive it in Payment, 
when the Debt was contracted in another Species, & it was 
limited, to prevent the Injury w"? might arise to sterling 
Creditors, & especially to L!l Baltimore & the Merchants, & 


therefore the Evil the Parliament intended to remedy by the 
late Act in the Article of Tender was not imputable to Our 
Paper money. We can no more do without the Circulation 
of paper in America, than you can in England, and therefore 
th6 Acts of Parliament may prevent our emitting Bills of 
Credit under one Denomination, we shall have a paper Circu- 
lation under another, if not under a publick Law ; it may be 
upon the Bottom of private Security. The old Course may 
be stopped, but a new Channell will be made, the Impor- 
tation of english money is prohibited by Statute, & much 
more effectually by the Ballance of Trade being against us. 
The late Act of parliament respecting the Commerce of the 
Colonies, & the Cruizers upon our Coast, will obstruct the 
Trade of the Northern Provinces to that Degree, that the 
Importation of foreign money will be extremely diminished 
& we have been pretty well drained, by our Remittances, of 
Spanish Silver. In about 18 months, or two years, 1800,000 
Dollars have been remitted to England from Philadelphia 
alone. Some Medium of an internal Intercourse we must 
have, if our old one is demolish'd another will spring up in 
its place. So inventive is necessity, that it must ever prove 
an over match for volumes of Statutes — it is no sooner hunted 
down in one shape, than it assumes another. 

It must be confessed, that there have been great Abuses 
committed in America, particularly Virginia, in their paper 
Emissions ; but is the Limb to be at once amputated, before a 
milder Application is tryed, because a sore appears upon some 
part of it? 

The wisest Legislators are often mistaken, the Parliament 
of England are often, very often, mistaken, even when the 
subject of their Deliberations is relative only to the internal 
Police of that Kingdom, wl*" it may be presumed, they have 


understood, as well as the Affairs of America. The number 
of Additional, explanatory, Supplemental, contradictory, per- 
plexed, & repugnant Laws, w"!^ abundantly occur in the Stat- 
ute-Books, irrefragably evince the Truth of the observation. 

I have informed My Holliday by Letter, that if a Vacancy 
shou'd happen in my Time, your Recommention letter secured 
his Appointment to the Clerkship of Talbot County. 

Some months after the Death of Ballen, one of the Com? 
of the Loan Office, the Govf offer'd to appoint my Brother in 
his stead, v/"^ he declined as some others had done before 
him. The accumulat'd Load of Business to be done, at this 
time, in the office, the very short Duration of the Commission, 
& the Expences of a Re-election were sufficient motives for 
what he did. 

My Key, one of his Lordship's Council, died lately very 
wealthy. I have the Honour to be, with great Respect 

S": your most obedient 
obliged humble Serv! 

DanV Dulany 
10'_^ September 1764— 

P. S. My Brice the present clerk of Ann Arundel County, 
who is in a very infirm state of Health, hath applied to me, 
to appoint his Son in his place, & I expect will write to you 
upon the Subject. Others likewise under the same Circum- 
stances have made a like Application. Your favour to My 
Tilghman hath been some Encouragement, I suppose, to these 
Applications, these are a kind of reversionery Appointments, 
& may be detrimental to my Successor, & therefore are really 
not quite fair. If the matter is left to me, I shou'd be rather 
'backward in it. However if you shou'd be inclined to favour 
My Brice, or the others, your Recommendations shall have 


their due weight. MT Tilghman's wife is as I understand, a 
Relation to jour Family, & his Life to all Appearance a good 
one, & therefore I reeed from him no other than a verbal 
Acknowledgement; but I shall take it for granted, unless 
you intimate the contrary, that M' Brice's Case, shou'd you 
be inclined to have his Desire complied with, is very different. 


[Land Business. Boundaries. Licenses.] 

London Janv the 16* 1765 

I have auswer'd by former Letters some concerns of your 
Letters received from you, since August last, and now inclose 
you his Lordships Instructions to the main Points of your 
desires — The Instructions of the sale of the Manor Lands. 
The Purchase Money is from Opinion of M! Daniel Dulany 
to my Lord, the Quit Rent proposed. Five shillings pro rata 
hundred Acres, as these Lands are picked Lands is judged 
moderate ; if these propositions are Errors, yours and the 
Gentlemens Judgements will rectify here such Error, which 
you'l receive by return. The Instruction of the Alienation 
Fine is what the Proprietor will adhere to, as founded upon 
undoubted Equity his Due; A Tryal here before the Lord 
Chancellor would evince that. By intelligence from the 
Province, M"^ Lloyd is accused of neglect of the Alienation 
Fine, in suffering the County Clerks omissions in Acco'.' non- 
payment, this is easily rectifyed as the Provincial County 


Courts where such matter must stand recorded can prove evi- 
dently the wrong if true? the Clerks deserve no favour, I 
have admonished Ml" Lloyd thereon, when you meet, hint to 
him as from hence. The Instruction to Attornement of Ten- 
ants in the disputed Parts, the Equitable Terms must facilitate 
their attornement. The Limit Lines when compleated, by 
Petition of both Parties to the King will receive his Majesty's 
Authority as fixed Boundaries between Maryland and Pensil- 
vania to each, as to Dominion. By your Letters of the Limits 
now running, the Mess? Mason and Dixon the Mathematical 
Surveyors have carry'd on their operations Quietly ; I learn 
from you and them the Tangent Line twelve miles West the 
Circle round New Castle City is finished from the meridian 
Line South from Fen wick Island. My Compl'.^ to them for 
their intelligence ; and am Glad to hear of their health, and 
that the Swamps of Nanticoke Hiver has not hurt their Con- 
stitutions. Their next operation is the North West Line 
between the Provinces ; it is there his Lordships Gain will 
compensate his Loss by the Tangent Line at the Circle round 
Newcastle. That North West Line truly run, will give 
advantagious Territory to Maryland, therefore watching Eyes 
must trace that Ijine West to the farthest Limit as of Alti- 
tude, for a Line drawn to the Meridian Springhead of Potow- 
mack River South, the South and West Boundary between 
Maryland and Virginia, according to the Flow of the River 
Potowmack. The Instl' on behalf of Water Dulany I hope 
will suit, I Question ? tis the Elder and Ml President Tasker 
that causes that favour. The Elders' Behaviour in the Upper 
House you Cite, surprizes me not, I am sensible M\ Comissary 
Bordley is check to him, but I suspect His Popularity, a 
character too often assumed to Controul Authority by the 
Gain of Applause, Vox Populi, and so by Reprehension of 


Piiblick Actions, affect Popularity aud Applause amongst the 
Multitude, by which they may have a Faction in the Common- 
wealth at their Devotion. If his Votary is M'" Franklin of 
Philadelphia that Mock Polititian is arrived here freighted 
with all Injury against his Chiefs who he is indebted to for 
Friendship, which his Aifected Popularity renounces ; he has 
unbudgeted at our Political Warehouse the Craft of his brain 
and of others his Dupes. Their false Machinery is flimsly 
and of Base Metal, is said refused at our Polemical Warehouse 
not sterling. The Quack Cheat cuts a Puff in his Chariot, 
Eats and well entertains with our delicases, the derision to his 
Dupes, he whispers. Complaints from Maryland, but as He 
has met with check about his Mission of others, tis appre- 
hended he will not unbudget exparte folly, rather that he will 
pocket their coin, under pretences that at this time their 
Polemical Fantasisms will not ripen in this Climate. They 
had best remonstrate to his Lordship, or join in a Bill of 
allowing the Up^ House equal expences to be paid with the 
Lower House for Tryal before the King, tis right the Upper 
House to frame such a Bill ; if refused be it upon the Lower 
House — By this opportunity, you have an answer to the 
Queries on our Proprietary Government; and an answer to 
the remarks upon a Message sent by the Up'' House to the 
Lower in Maryland in 1762, containing a defense of the Lord 
Proprietor and Vindication of the Up! House &c. the answer 
has only been circulated to our Ministry of the Cabinet, as 
answer to the Queries aud Remarks secretly delivered to 
them ; the answer is approved, if the adversaries pass silent 
other Publick notice here, all further Prohibition by the 
Defendant will rest ; leaving it to your prudence the circula- 
tion of answer with you, as matter and motion Jumbles, My 
Name must be unnoticed. 


The Inst" of M'" Holyday, I wish Joy of his Lordships 
high favour to him as of the Council ; I think he has real 
merit for that Station, and that he will be grateful to my Lord. 

The Inst! of the Lord Proprietor Assent to the several 
Acts of Assembly, you will observe, The Act, for the Re- 
lief of Creditors in England against Bankrupts — " who have 
imported Goods into the Province not accounted for ; '' that 
Act is not included by his Lordship among his List of Acts 
assented to by Him, Why ? because he is not clear in opinion, 
but that the Traders here may have objection as not apprised 
of that Act ; if no Objection arises, the Act as Enacted has 
its force, if Objection is, he thinks it right Policy to reserve 
to himself his Assent or Dissent. I observe the Legislator 
deals forth Acts, Indefinite and Perpetual, very Positive 
Words ; such Laws ought to be pure as Gold ; by Human, 
I fear, scarce any such Laws are, therefore much care about 
such words should be as they are Periods ; all Plants are 
improved by Pruning. 

I cannot at present relate about his Lordships Points to 
you, concerning the ordinary Licences &c. that matter laying 
before Ml Yorke, esteemed the chiefest Counsel at Law, his 
Eminency causes so much resort to him tis long 'er his 
opinion issues. The matter he had the beginning of Dec^ 
last, I expect daily his opinion from thence his Lordship 
will found his Resolutions on the Subject matter of Ordinary 
Licences, and as no Ship is yet for the Province, I am in 
hopes it will be inclosed in this Packet for you. 

Tis Surprise the Lo. H. attempts upon the Proprietors 
Rights, sans complaisance, without any remonstrance to him 
to oifer to pass a Bill on his Rights and for his signature, 
very familiar, to an Object of high Rank and Authority. I 
observe an Observation is marked ; " He who hath a Right 


to any thing is iutitled to a remedy to recover of it, if 
withheld, Legal Right, and Legal Remedy being convertible 
Terms." If Institntes of onr Laws report right, the Common 
Law and the Crown Law are not two different Laws ; though 
almost in every case the Law for the King is not Law for the 
Subject. The King has his Prerogative in all things that are 
not injurious to his Subject, and under \vhich head his Royal 
Charter hath Claim and Support. The Law as to Property 
and Suites I am not Lawyer to determine, but this seems, 
that the side observed against has Claims, the other side 
cannot have any Claim but by an Express Law. The late 
Lord had 1000£ of Tobacco for Licence of Ordinary in 
Maryland and 500£ of Tobacco for Licences in the Country, 
without retrospect back to Csecilius Lord Baltimore, who if 
I am informed right, had two Thousand Pound Weight of 
Tobacco as Licences for Ordinaries, suppose the Penalties 
are acquiesced to as offer'd and expected. 

I am Glad to observe this Instant, by the Loudon Gazette 
Jany the IB*!* by Major General Gage to the Earl of Halifax 
New York the 1 3'^ of December last, advises, that the Regular 
and Provincial Troops under Colonel Bouquet having been 
joined by a Good-Body of Volunteers from Virginia and 
others from Maryland and Pennsylvania, March'd from Fort 
Pitt. The March of the Troops, threw the Savages in the 
greatest Consternation. They were told that they might have 
Peace, but every Prisoner must be delivered up. That they 
must appoint Deputies to go to Sr William Johnson to receive 
such Terms as should be imposed upon them. The Indian 
Nations submitted, and appointed their Deputies to go to 
Sy William, who concluded a Peace with them. Colonel 
Bouquet's Conduct is greatly applauded, and tis hoped a 
General Lastino: Peace is concluded with all the Indian 


Nations, who have taken up Arms against his Majesty. This 
is brave and Good News, and now all other animosities would 
cease, whose fault? But the British American rancour, which 
sends sort of Ambassadors to fix by their Calumny their diss- 
obedience to God, the King and to their Neighbour. Brag 
may be a Good -Dog, but Hold fast a Better. The Mother 
Country will hold them fast. 

I shall here drop all Polemical Matters, My hearty wish 
is that all Discord may be removed and that fair Dealings 
may lead to Quiet and happiness his Lordships wishes are 
Union and Equitable Proportions of things to him ; he sends 
you his best Wishes and thanks for your Endeavours for his 
service and the Province and for which he holds you in high 
Estimation and Friendship. 

I am with all respect and Esteem, Dear Sir 

Yours most sincerely &c 
C^cil! Calvert 

Pos! Feb^ 9*? inclosed is the Inst'if and his Lordl^ Lety ab' 
Ordinary Licences & the Ins".^ and Let!' speaks fully in Point, 
I doubt its giving content, the suspending clause you have 
in yT Public Inst"" at any time to resort to. if the lust" is 
not comply ed w'.'', you are clear oiF from Assent, the wrong- 
measures and proceedings of the Colonies has brought on them 
here the 7'!' Ins* a Bill upon ways and means, the House of 
Coriious resolved that a Stamp Duty of 3^ sterling charged on 
every skin of Parchment, Vellum on which shall be engrossed 
written or pointed any declaration &ct in any Court of Law 
within the British America. Last year the first stone was 
laid, this year another, and will be succeded by every Min- 
isterial Builder untill the whole American structure of their 
folly is by the mother Country compleated on them, the 


Comons was full, but uot a Member ag* a Taxation on them 
nor an Advocate that could or did offer a better scheme. The 
Maryland clause of no Taxation on that Province was Read 
and observed upon contained in its Charter. The Argument 
made use of that province upon Public emergency is subject 
in like manner with the rest of the Colonies, for if that Doc- 
trine was to be admitted, the soveranity over that Province 
would cease, for as that province was in Protection under the 
Mother Country that Colony must pay for its defence pro 
rata, inter als. Math the other colonies, that if objection was, 
why a Duty on its Staple of Tobacco and subject at present to 
several Acts already passed on all America, since the grant 
of that Charter. No advocate denyed the reasoning the whole 
House was silent in answer, the Marylanders may argue, their 
Tergiversations will not avail ag' the Lex Parlamenti. the 
stamps are to be from hence, they must admit them and use 
them or their Deeds &c! will be in Law Null and Void, 
the Authority will stamp Evidence to their Actions and pre- 
vent forgery by alteration of Dates &c!!: 

The Sec?' of States warr'.' ag* Mr Wilke's was debated untill 
five in the mor? in the Comons after all Debates the Majority 
was 30 a head of the Minority that as that aifair was in the 
Lower Court of Law not determined the Coinons voted no 
Issue with them on that aifair until had determination issued 
by the Court of Law. M'" Frauklyn charge des affairs from 
Peusilvania, resides and lives well at their cost and will I 
learn return them their rancour and folly to amend, he looks 
much down — Lord Byron has slain a M^ Chadworth in a 
Duel by what I learn fairly according the violent rules of 
Duelling, this causes a Tryal at West'' and averts malevolent 
Politicians at present in discourse. Italy and Bohemia has 
been to the French their Graves, alike is our West Indies to 


us the British, all Quiet in Europe. Hemp and Flax is 
hoped from America to hang up our Rogues here who swam, 
the direful EiFeets of war. 



[Licenses. College.] 

London Feb^ T'."^ 1765 

As the Welfare Prosperity and Due Administration of my 
Province of Maryland are always uppermost in my thoughts, 
the Proceedings of the two Houses of Assembly, (alike the 
Constitutional Guardians of the Rights of the Proprietor and 
People) are the source from whence I at all times derive and 
promise myself the greatest Satisfaction. What then must 
have been my Dissappointment, in seeing both Houses alike 
diverted, tho' from diiferent Causes and Motives, from the 
true objects of their Deliberation and Attention ; the one by 
a Spirit of Innovation, making repeated Attacks upon my 
Rights and Prerogatives ; the other, by an Upright Zeal and 
Integrity, in defending me against avowed Encroachments, 
tho' Coloured with the most Plausible pretences. The true 
business of Legislation in the meantime stands still, and my 
Poor Tenants, as the Lower House very Justly observe, are 
burthened with expences, productive of no good to the Pro- 
vince, whilst a Spirit of Animosity and Resentment diffuses 
itself everywhere, and amongst all Orders of Men. The 
Affair of my Ordinary Licences &c is what I principally 


allude to, aud shall now explain myself upon. The Privi- 
ledge of Granting and Regulating them is the very Essence of 
my Prerogative, and such as every Lawyer in this Kingdom 
agrees I can never be divested of without my own Consent, 
which I shall most certainly never give. But the Lower 
House will say the Lord may Licence (tho' I think of late 
they have held a contrary Language) & we will appropriate. 
This the Upper House have denyed with equal zeal and force 
of Argument. I will not enter into the reasonings on either 
side ; but when Concessions obtained from Generosity and 
Disinterestedness in the times of General War and Publick 
Calamities shall only lay a foundation to Claims by a Body 
of Men (who Constituting only one Branch of the Legislature, 
would assume to themselfs the Priviledges of the whole,) for 
further Concessions, when the same necessity's no longer exist, 
it is time for the Proprietor to look to himself. I am shure 
the Assembly cannot Licence an Individual of their own 
Authority, nor can they Dictate to me who I shall Licence, 
or whether T shall ever Grant a single Licence. Equally 
certain am I that the Regulation of Licences when Granted is 
as much out of their Province. But the Incidental Emolu- 
ments arising from the Licences, aud not the Empty honor 
of Granting them, is the Object. Will they Deny that my 
Ancestors have at times recieved these Emoluments more or 
less? Will they Plead an uninterrupted Usage in the 
Assembly to apply them at pleasure without regard to the 
Proprietor? If the Claims of the Proprietor & Assembly 
have prevailed at different Periods, & neither Party can 
prescribe an uniform Usage in their favour, Are not such 
Claims to be decided in the Ordinary Methods by Mutual 
Concessions? Have they ever proposed to split and Divide 
the Bone of Contention? And, if they will not make me 


advances, how cau they expect any from me to them? The 
Upper House have founded my Claim upon Just Principles, 
that the Support of Government lyes upon me. But, say the 
Lower House, We Pay the Judges and not his Lordship. 
Let them be in earnest, and I will heartily Join Issue with 
them. Let a Bill be framed to appropriate even the whole 
of this Revenue (I had almost said) for the better Establishing 
& securing the Independency of the Judges, & for rendring 
the Office Worthy of the Acceptance of Men of the greatest 
Abilitys & Integritys in the Province, and they shall not want 
my concurrence. In this Tract they can scarce go greater 
lengths than I will wish to follow them. But I will be con- 
sistent with myself; I will still Insist upon my rights till 
I see proper Occasions to suspend them, and when those 
Occasions cease, I will again resume them. The Lower 
House will not seriously contend that their College Bill was 
of a Frame and Composition to induce a reluctant consent. 
But I will not Descend even to Criticise upon the Bill ; it is 
a Compliment it does not deserve at my hands ; the matter 
has unawares carried me into a Length I never intended, as 
this Letter was only Designed to Introduce to you an In- 
struction restraining your Assent to any Bill respecting my 
Licences without a suspending Clause. It is the result of the 
best opinions here, it will shorten and Cutt off all Disputes 
between the Two Houses. The Lower House will have an 
Opportunity of dispatching their ordinary Business without 
protracting their Session unnecessarily, or burthening my 
Tenants with unreasonable expences ; The Upper House will 
be deliver'd from dissagreeable and unfruitful Altercations, 
and will avoid all the Imputations of Designing men. The 
Suspence being my Act will Transfer the Odium (if any) 
from you & the Council to myself; but in so doing My 


Rights will be so far preserved, that my own Consent must 
precede the Abolition of them. If any Assembly and I shall 
still have the Misfortune to differ in Opinion, It is for our 
mutual happiness that the Decision will then devolve upon 
his Majesty and his Ministers, where I shall be always ready 
to Submit my Rights. In the mean time no Inconvenience 
can result to my Province from the Postponing of a Bill for 
Endowing a College, M^iich was first thought of (when no 
other plausible Application occurred) in the second Century 
after my Grant, as a Popular & Subsisting Pretence, for con- 
tinuing a Claim which the Restoration of Peace and Tran- 
quility had left no longer a Pretence for. I mention this Bill 
as being the last attempt I have heard of, and what I expect 
again to hear of, tho by the Zeal and Activity of the Upper 
House Defeated or laid aside for the time. 

I am 
Your assured Friend &c 
Copy F Baltimoee 

Post. I thank you for your rectitude of Conduct to Me and 
your endeavours of service to me and my Province 

To his Excell^ Governor Sharpe Esq! L! Gov' in Maryland, 



[Stamp Tax. Violation of Charter.] 

Feb? 26*?' 1765 

The 16','' of Janr & 9"' of febr last, I wrote you fully on 
affairs, and inclosed you Lord Baltimore's Inst"/ and Let? 
concerning his Guidance to you, I don't expect according to 
the acrimonius temper infused by party and ill designing Men 
provincial Politics will subside and harmony prevail. The 
Levity of the sons and Party of those who were in the late 
Lord's Rule of Goverm* still swiming on the Surface of Power 
cause disputes and differences. The same Levity presides 
here, but dwindled insignificant in this Sessions. De corpore 
Politico. I have lately rec? y ? the 1 5*^ of Dec!" as to the Elec- 
tion of representatives ; heat has always been, and mistaken 
principles are too predominat to expect a happy choice in 
Maryland than is in the other Colonies. Their whimses has 
brought on them the Lex Parlamenti Last year, and this 
year the American Stamp Duty is passed the Comons by a 
Large Majority. Some American Agents offered memorials ; 
a member read one from Virginia : it said was moderate. He 
did not deliver it to be lay'd on the Table of the House, for 
other Memorials were composed of inflamative texture that 
the House seem'd to carry resentment against the Doctrines 
and Arguments offered to be advanced ; therefore with resolu- 
tion rejected. The clause in our charter ag! Taxation was read 
by the Grand Financer ; he observed the clause could be of 
no availment ag' the Soveraignity of Parliament, the Province 


being imder the Jurisdiction of Allegiance to the King as 
others were, and whose protection it rested upon. Says he, 
Acts of Parliament since Charles the second effects it and no 
Doubt, he did suppose no doctrine could be advanced under 
any colour to the contrary ; if not why a Duty w^ had been 
Long subsisting on its Staple of Tobacco. I had taken pains 
to admonish some of the Chief Rank of Speakers of the 
Validity of that Clause, but my endeavours proved fruitless. 
On the vacancy of Commissar Gen! inclosed is his Lordl^ 
Instruction to fill up that vacancy with M?" Charles Golds- 
borough, His Lord? rests of no doubt of his compliance to 
me as usual. I make no doubt but as yet have not heard 
from him. By the same Instruction is included your request 
on Behalf of M!' Hooper to be of the Council. My Lord is 
well pleased with the Appointments. Ml' George Stuart is 
not fairly dealt with by Loss of his Election at Annapolis. 
The crudity of matters you must keep a watchful Eye upon 
by transmission by Authority to Bar ag*. M!' Franklyn stirs 
not as yet, he lays Quiet. May all Felicity attend you. with 

all Esteem 

Y? truly 

C C 

Pos' the Executive part of the Goverm* of the Isle of Man 
is by the parliam' perchased of the Duke of Athol for 75000 
Land 2000 p'' Ann : on the Irish Establishm' during his 
Graces and his Dutchess Lives. This done to prevent smug- 
ling to Great Britain and to and from her Colonies. 

To Gov' Sharpe 



[Stamp Act. Personal matters.] 

Dear Sir 

Your kind Letter of the 16"' of Jan7 I Receiv'd a few 
Days ago and am very sorry that you have been put to so 
much trouble in abolishing an OiSce that was so apparently 
a hurt to Trade. As for a riding Surveyor I have no ob- 
jection in case they think it necessary ; but if the person they 
appoint is of no greater use then the Surveyors they have 
here allready it will answer no End. We are a good deal 
allarm'd at the stamp Act, & I can't immagine where the 
different provinces will find the money to pay the Duty ; I 
am certain we have not enough in Maryland to pay one years 
Tax. I have never yet heard how the Parliament got over 
My Lords Charter and why the ministry would suflPer the 
prerogative of the Crown to be broke in upon. For the 
Kings Charters will be of little use when the Parliament will 
take away those privileges which His Majesty or his An- 
cestors has thought proper to grant as an Incouragement for 
the setling of a young Country. That our Mother Country 
is poor I firmly believe, and the distresses of the Colonies are 
such, that, I am sorry to say it, they are not able to relieve 
her. Our Trade is ruin'd, we are immensly in Debt, and not 
the least probability of our geting clear. Our goals are not 
half large enough to hold the Debtors, Upon every Road 
you ride you meet people going from different parts of the 
province to get out of the way of their Creditors, I can 
venture to say that the people of America were never in 


such a distrest situation as they are at present. It gives me 
great concern that the Americans should be so imprudent 
as to give threats, as it can answer no End, but to Irritate the 
Parliament against us. As for my Affair with My Lord its 
very hard that he will not give me any satisfaction for my 
Right. I have now Eight Children and very probably shall 
have many more, such an Addition as the Manor would be 
considerable towards their future wellfare, and its very certain 
my fortune is such that I am not able to contend with his 
Lordship, as the Expences of a Law Sute would be more than 
I could well spare without throwing my family into the 
greatest distresses. I can't at present go to England as I 
have not got leave from the Commissioners of the Customs. 
I wrote to M! Bacon some time ago and he promised to get 
me leave. I hope it will not be thought intruding upon your 
good nature in desiring when ever opportunity offers you will 
still continue your good Offices to me in recommending me to 
his Lordships favour, and I cant help flattering myself from 
his Lordships generosity & good nature when he comes to 
consider the largeness of my family but he will make it up to 
me. He has Two Manors in Frederick County at present 
but of little Value to him. If he would give me a grant of 
them I should be thankfull as I have three Boys it would be 
something for them, the youngest of which I have taken the 
Liberty to call after you. It would give me 'the greatest 
pleasure to have an Opportunity to pay my Compliments to 
you in person ; but as I have not leave from the Custom 
house and the uncertainty of being able to do any thing 
for my family by going, I dispair of being able to Effect 
what your superior Interest can't do ; so that I must defer 
seeing you for the present till their is a greater probability 
of success. 


As I am affraid I have wore out your patience with the 
Length of ray Letter shall conclude with beging the continu- 
ance of your friendship and to assure you that I shall allways 
have a greatfull Remembrance of the many many favours 
received at your hands & with the greatest respect I am 

Dear Sir 
Your Most Obliged & Very Humble Serv* 
BenedT Calvert. 
Maryland Mount Airy 
June 24'.'^ 1765. 



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