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To M' Thomas lones one \
of his Lordships Justices of > Locus SigilH
Peace for Worcester County j

The Oath of Clerk

You shall well and truly serve the right Honble the Lord
Proprietary in the Office of Clerk of the County Court of
Worcester County during such time as you shall Continue
Clerk there a true and exact Account you shall keep of all
Business that shall be Transacted in the said County due and
Legal process you shall issue and no other true Copies of such
Records you shall Give attested under your hand and in all
things as Clerk of the said County you shall well and truly
behave your self without favour or Affection hatred or malice
to any person whatsoever

So help you God Sc"

Maryland ss'

By his Excellency the Captain
General

Whereas there is two Shillings a hhd to be paid to the Right
honble the Lord Proprietary for every hhd of Tobacco of the
growth of this Province that shall be carried out of the same
by such Person or Persons that shall transport the same as by
an act of Assembly for that purpose (relation being being there-
unto had) more at large doth appear and forasmuch as I am p. 104
informed that several Persons Contriving fraudulently to deceive
the said Lord Proprietary of the said Imposition of two shillings
1) hhd do carry several Considerable quantitys of Tobacco up
to the head of the Bay and thence transport the same by Land
into deleware River and never make Payment of the Impo-
sition aforesaid but defraud his Lordship thereof and whereas
his Lordship hath appointed me his Receiver General of this
Province as well to receive that Imposition money as other his
Lordships dues by my self or Officer appointed for that purpose
and I reposing especial trust and Confidence in the honesty
and Integrety of Thomas Carleton Gent high Sheriff of the said
County do hereby Authorize and Empower the said Thomas
Carleton to be his Lordships Collector of the said Imposition
money under me for all such Tobacco as shall be transported
by the head of the Bay into Deleware River and the said
Imposition money of all Persons that transport Tobacco the
way aforesaid to Receive and in case of their Refusal to pay



114 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1667-75.

Liber A. M. him, to proceed as the said act of Assembly doth empower his
Lordships Collector by way of Seizure or otherwise Provided
the said Captain Carleton shall twice in every Year at the least
render me an Account what he shall Receive as aforesaid and
this Power to Continue in force to the said Carleton until I
shall signify the Contrary under my hand and no longer
Given under my hand and Seal at Arms this 23'' day of October
in the fourty first Year of the Dominion of Cecilius &c'^ Annoq
Dom 1672

To all persons whom this
shall or may Concern

p. los Maryland ss'

By his Excellency the Captain
General

These are in the name of the right Honourable the Lord
Proprietary to license and Authorize Captain Tho^ lones to
trade with any Indian or Indians at the Seaboard Side or
Eastern Shore of this Province that is to say in the Counties of
Somerset Dorchester Talbot Baltimore and Worcester for any
Skins furrs or truck whatsoever Provided they Obe)^ and
Comply with the Act of Assembly of this Province touching
Indian trade and for his so doing this shall be his warrant
Given under my hand and seal at Arms this fourteenth day of
december in the One and fortieth year of the dominion of
Cecilius &c^ Anno Domini 1672
p. 109 To all persons whom this
shall or may Concern

An Ordinance of his Excellency Cha Calvert Esq'
Captain General and chief Governor of this Province of
Maryland and the honble Council Set forth and pub-
lished for redressing the several misdemeanors of
Deputy Surveyors within this Province

Forasmuch as heretofore there have been many Complaints
by several of the Inhabitants within this Province against
deputy Surveyors of divers wrongs and Injuries that they have
suffered by such deputy Surveyors that have misdemeaned
themselves in execution of their Office to the great Prejudice
of the said Complainants and for that they have so long many
times delayed their Seeking for remedy to such their Grievances
that either the Person that so injured them hath Ijeen dead or
gone out of the Province for the prevention of the like incon-
veniences for the future be it Ordained by his Excellency the
Captain General with the advice of his Lordships Council diat



Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1667-75. 115

every Person that is any way damaged or injured by any Sur- Liber a. m.
veyor within this Province if he do not begin to seek for
Reparation for the Same within six months from the date
hereof either by his Action at Law or otherwise the said Person
so injured sliall be left Remediless against such Surveyors and
be it also further Ordained that if at any time hereafter that
any Person whatsoever shall be injured or damaged as afore-
said by any Surveyor as aforesaid that the said Person begin to
seek Reparation for the injury and Prejudice that he hath so
received from any Surveyor within six months time after the
said Injury or Prejudice is done him or the said Person so p. no
suffering Injury or Prejudice as aforesaid to be left wholly
remidiless for the same and the Sheriff of each particular
County within this Province is hereby Commanded to publish
this Proclamation at the three next County Courts in his County
whereof he is Sheriff & to Affix a Copy thereof upon the door
of the house where the Court of such County is kept Given
&c^

Maryland ss* p- 105

By his Excellency the Cap'
Locus Sigilli General

Cha Calvert

These are in the name of the right honble the Lord Proprie-
tary to License and Authorise Peter Groenendyck Merchant
to trade with any the Christian or Indian Inhabitants of the
Counties of Somerset Dorchester and Worchester within this
Province for any furrs Skins or other truck usually traded for
with the Indians and the same to transport and sell at his
Pleasure Provided that he Obey and Comply with the Act of
Assembly touching Indian trade and if in the mean time that is
to say whilst this License remains uncalled in the said Peter
shall find any Person actually trading (without lawful License
under my hand and seal first had and Obtained) with the
Indians of the County aforesaid their truck and furrs to seize
According to the said Act of Assembly Provided he bring
what he shall so seize to a legal trial before the lustices of the
Provincial Court Given under my hand and seal at Arms
this sixteenth day of december in the 41" Year of the dominion
of Cecilius ^c" Annoq Dom 1672

Maryland ss'

P)y his Excellency the Captain
Locus Sigilli General

Cha Calvert

These are in-the name of the right honble the Lord Proprie-



ii6 Proceedings of the Coniicil of Maryland, 1667-75.

Liber A. M. tary to License and Authorize Harman Cornellinson Merchant
to trade with any of the Indian or Christian Inhabitants of the
Counties of Somerset Dorchester and Worcester within this
Province for any Furrs Skins or other Truck usually traded for
with the Indians and the same to transport and sell at his
Pleasure Pro\ided that he Obey and Comply with the Act of
p. 106 Assembly made touch* Indian trade and this License to Con-
tinue in force one whole Year and no longer and in the mean
time if he the said Harman shall find any person trading
Actually without License with the Indians of the Counties
aforesaid their Truck and furrs to seize according to the said
Act of Assembly Provided he bring what he shall so seize to a
lecral trial before the lustices of the Provincial Court Given
under my hand & seal at Arms this 16"' day of December in
the fourty first year of the Dominion of Cecilius &c^ Annoq
Domini 1672



p- 107 Maryland ss'



By his Excellency the Cap'
General



Whereas Complaint hath been made unto me by Thomas
Kerey of Somerset County Planter that the said Kerey trans-
porting himself and family out of Virginia into this Province to
inhabit and for that reason had due unto him rights for three
hundred Acres of Land and you having at that time power to
prove rights and Grant warrants & Survey Land the said
Kerey applied himself to you for the same and having in
solemn manner proved such his rights before you and also
found out a parcell of Land untaken up at that time did
employ you to survey the same for him which you accordingly
perform'd & he paid you for your doing the same and the
Records for Land having been duly searched no such rights
nor Certificate of Survey can appear and also whereas the
said Kerey also Complains that you told him that his rights
and Certificate were upon record and received also pay of him
for the Pattents though the rights nor Certificate was never
entered to the great damage and utter ruin of the said Kerey
Contrary to the trust reposed you and the Oath you took at
that time when you received your Commission to be a deputy
Surveyor

These are therefore in the name of the right honble the
Lord Proprietary to will and Command you Geo Johnson of
Somerset County that all Business set apart & all Excuses
p. loS ceasing you be and and personally appear before me and the
rest of his Lordships lustices of the Provincial Court at the
City of S" Maries the eleventh day of February next to answer



Proceedings of Ihe Coiuicil of Maryland, 1667-75. 117

such your misdemeanors and not to depart the Court without Liber a. m.
License hereof you are not to fail as you will Answer the
Contrary at your Perill Given under my hand and seal at
Arms the seventeenth day of dccember in the 41" Year of tlie
dominion of Cecilius &c^ Annoq Dom 1672
To George lohnson of 1 Cha: Calvert

Somerset County j

You are hereby Ordered and Commanded to see that the
Above named Geo Johnson be duly Served with the above-
written Warrant Given under my hand die & Anna Supra
dictis

To Captain Thomas lones^ Cha: Calvert

high Sheriff of Somerset v
County )

Maryland ss' p. 107

By his Excellency the Captain
Cha Calvert General

Whereas the right honble the Lord Proprietary under the
Great Seal of this Province did Constitute and Appoint you
Henry Smith of Somerset County Gent one of his Lordships
lustices of Peace in the said County of Somerset as also in the
County of Worcester and his said Lordship having Given me
full Power and Authority to supersede and suspend any person
from Executing either that or any other Employment in this
Province at my Pleasure and you having desired of me in open
Court to be eased of the great trouble of the said Employ-
ments they much impeading and hindering you in the Execu-
tion of your other Affairs and being willing to Comply with
you in such your request do hereby Order and Command you
to forbear acting as a Justice of Peace in either of the Countys
aforesaid for the future at your perill in the same manner as if
you had never had any such Commission from his Lordship
Given under my hand and seal at arms this eighteenth day of
December in the 41" Year of the dominion of Cecilius &c^
Annoq Dni 1672
To Henry Smith of the
County of Somerset Gent



Maryland ss'

By his Excellency the Captain
(Locus Sigilli) General

Foras-much as John Litchington Master of the Ship Mary of
London when he made entry of the said Ship did procure Gar-
rett Vansweeringen of the City of S' Marys Inn holder to be



p. no



ii8 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1667-75.

Liber A. M. his Security as well for his payment of the Imposition and Port
duties for such Tobacco as he should transport out of this
Province as also to be bound with him according to the Act of
Parliament for encrease of Shipping and Navigation and for
that lohn Quigley Partner with the said Garret hath this
day on the behalf of the said Garret inform'd me that
the said John Litchington hath absented himself from the
said Ship and is gone into Virginia and as he supposes intends
to have the Ship brought thither after him and so never intends
to Clear in this Province whereby the said Garret Vansweerin-
gen may come to be liable to the penalty of the Bonds entred
into by him only out of Kindness to the said Litchington which
Bonds are for twelve hundred Pounds Sterling and should the
whole penalty come to fall upon the said Garret It would be
to his utter ruin for the speedy prevention whereof these are
in the name of the right honble the Lord Proprietary to will
and Command you immediately to go on Board the said Ship
p. Ill and to seize and secure the said Sayles & them cause by the
men of the said Ship to be Carried to such Place as you shall
think Convenient and there them safely keep until further
Order from me Given under my hand and seal at Arms the
eighth day of January in the 41" Year of the dominion of
Cecilius &c'' Annoq Domini 1672

To the Sheriff of Saint Marys | Char' Calvert

County or his deputy J

Maryland ss"

By his Excellency the Cap'
General

These are to license Francis Hill of Saint Georges hundred in
the County of Saint Marys Planter to keep an Indian to fish
and hunt for him in any part of the said hundred and for his
doing this shall be his warrant Given under my hand and
Seal at Arms this 8"' day of January in the 41" Year of the
Dominion of Cecilius &c'' Annoq Domini 1672
To all Persons whom this ) Cha: Calvert

shall or may Concern j Locus Sigilli

An Ordinance of his Excellency Charles Calvert Esq'
Captain General and chief Governor of this Prov'= of
Maryland and the honble Council set forth and pub-
lished for the seding and establishing of a ferry Boat
to be Constantly kept over the river of Patuxent in the
County of Calvert

Whereas many Inconveniences have and do daily happen to
divers of tlie Inhabitants of this Province that have occasion to



Procccdiiii^s of the Council of Maryland, 1667-75. 119

travel either on Horse back or on foot over Patuxent River Liber a. m.
about their Lawful Occasions and for that several Assemblies
have endeavoured to make a Law for the same but Could not p. 112
pitch upon a person that would willingly undertake the
same that Lived Convenient to perform it and Geo Beckwith
of Calvert County Gent living opposite to Point Patience
and being willing to undertake the same for a Reasonable
Allowance to be paid by each respective Person that hath
Occasion to make use thereof either for foot or Horse and we
being desirous to give the said Beckwith all reasonable En-
couragement to perform so publick and Beneficial an Under-
taking do by these presents Authorize and Empower the said
George Beckwith or his Assigns to keep ferry Boats for to
transport men and Horses either from Point Patience over the
said River of Patuxent to his own house or from his own house
over the said River to Point Patience aforesaid and to ask
demand receive and take for every Person he shall so trans-
port as aforesaid either Backwards or forwards over the said
River the Sum of twelve Pence and Also to ask demand re-
ceive and take for every Horse he shall so transport as afore-
said the like Sum of twelve pence to have hold and enjoy the
sole Priviledge of Keeping the said Ferry Boat for transporting
Persons or Horses over the said River as aforesaid during his
Natural Life and since between Point Patience and the said
Beckwiths is the most Convenient place in the said River for
the Keeping a ferry Boat we do hereby Order Command and
Enjoyn all other Persons whatsoever for private Gain or
otherwise to forbear to keep any ferry Boat or Boats for trans-
porting men or Horses over the said River either there or in
any other Place or Part of the said River upon pain and perill
that shall fall therein and also Provided that the said Beckwith
shall keep a sufficient Boat and man or men for the doing and
performing the same wind & weather Permitdng and shall not
presume to exact or demand more of any Person then is here-
by allowed for transporting either them or their Horses over
the said River upon pain of forfeiting the License hereby
Granted to him it being made Appear before the Jusdcesof die p. 113
Provincial Court and also Provided that the said Beckwith or
his Assigns take special Care to examine Persons that they
know Not of their own certain knowledge to be freemen) that
so run away Servants may not be helped forwards by Reason
of the ferry Boat aforesaid and of this all Persons are to take
notice at their Perills Given under the Great Seal of the said
Province of Maryland the first day of March in the 41*' Year
our dominion over our said Province Annoq Dom T672
Witness our dear Son Charles Calvert Esq' our Captain
General and chief Governor of our said Province of Maryland



I20 Proceedings of the Cojouil of Maryland, 1667-75.

Liber A. M. Maryland ss'

By his Excellency the Captain
General

These are in the name of the right honble the Lord Pro-
prietary to License and Authorize Edward ffitzherbert of Saint
Marys County Esq' to truck trade and Traffick widi any Indian
or Indians Inhabitants within this Province for so much Corn
as may supply him and his family for their present use Pro-
vided that the said Edward ffitzherbert nor any person that he
shall employ to trade with the Indians aP shall not vend or sell
to the said Indians for the purchasing the said Corn Any
Powder Arms or Ammunition at their perill this License to
Continue in force for six months and no longer Given under
my hand and seal at Arms this 14"' day of March 1672
To all Persons whom these
shall or may Concern

April the i 2"' 1673

Ralph Hutchinson having imported some thirty Horses and

p. 114 Mares into this Province Contrary to the Act of Assembly in

that Case Provided himself informs thereof and Craves Liberty

to be the Informer and that he may have the benefit of being

the informer entred by his Excellencys Command

Charles Calvert Esq' Captain General and chief Governor
of this Province of Maryland under the right honble Cecilius
Lord Baron of Baltimore Absolute Lord and Proprietary of
the same to William Coleborne of the County of Somerset in
the said Province Gent Greeting according to the Power to me
by his said Lordship Committed and upon the special trust
and Confidence I have in your fidelity Circumspection and
Courage and good Conduct I do hereby Constitute Ordain
and Appoint you a Captain and Commander of a troop of
horse under me in the said County of Somerset to be raised by
you in Somerset County aforesaid of sufficient housekeepers
that are owners of Horses and that you in your judgment
shall think fitting Persons to go upon any design as Occasion
shall require and the said troops to muster exercise and train
up in the art of war and discipline military and in all things I
do hereby empower you to do as any Captain of a troop of horse
may or of right ought to do to the resistance of all Enemies
Supression of all Mutinies insolencies insurrections and Rebell-
ions whatsoever according to your discretion and such Orders
and directions as from time to time you shall receive from me and
to that end to list such and so many of the house keepers of



Proceedings of I he Council of Maryland, 1667-75. 121

the said County as to you shall seem meet and them to train Liber a. m.
and muster as af'' that they may be in a readiness to attend
your Command with fitting Arms and Ammunition when
occasion shall require and further if need be I do hereby Give
full Power and Authority to you the said William Coleborn
and all Persons under your Command to destroy kill Burn and
take all such Enemys Indians or others that shall by any
Tumult insurrection or murder of any of the Inhabitants of
this Province by any Covert Act disturb the peace of his said p. 115
Lordship and the said Enemys to fight with destroy vanquish
overcome and take Prisoners and if need be put to death by
martial Law or otherwise keep safe until you shall receive
further Order from me and I do hereby Charge and Command
you that you use your utmost endeavours for the keeping of
his Lordships Peace in your said County and the supression of
all Tumults or Insurrections of the Indians and for the better
Enabling you fully to Comply with the Intent of this Commis-
sion hereby Granted unto you I do hereby appoint and
Empower j'ou to Constitute such and so many Officers under
you in the said Troop as you shall think fit and the same again
at Pleasure to put out and new ones to appoint in their Place
to have and to hold the said Office and Command hereby
Conferred on you during my Pleasure and I do hereby Com-
mand all Persons whatsoever to be Obedient to you in your
executing of this my Commission as they will Answer the
Contrary at their Perills Given under my hand and seal at
Arms this 25"' day of October in the 42'' year of the dominion
of his said Lordship over Maryland Annoq Dom 1673

Cha. Calvert



Maryland ss'



By his Excellency the Cap'
General



These are to Authorize and Empower you Captain W'" Cole-
born of Somerset County to make entry of all undecked V^es-
sels Open Sloops and Boats that shall come at any time to
trade in Somerset County and to them to Give a License to
trade first taking Bond of them according to Act of Parliament
in that Case provided and also according to the Law of this p. ,16
Province and of the Masters of such Vessels to receive the
Imposition money for such Tobaccoes as they export as also
Port duties and secretaries fees for the entring of every such
Vessel and for the same to be Accountable and make Payment
unto me or my Assigns U[)on demand provided always that
you presume not by virtue of this Order to enter or Clear any
decked Vessels whatsoever and always Provided that you re-



122 Proceedings of llie Coiincil of Maryland, 1667-75.

Liber A. M. tiim unto me witli all Convenient speed the several Bonds of
Navigation you shall take from the respective Vessels you shall
so enter and Clear as aforesaid I hereby allowing you for your
Care and pains in the execution of the premises ten p' Cent
out of the Imposition money Port duties and Secretaries fees
Given under my hand and Seal at Arms this five & twentieth
day of October in die two and fortieth year of the dominion of
Cecilius (Sic"" Annoq Domini One thousand six hundred seventy
three

Charles Calvert
To Captain William Coleborn |^
high Sheriff of Somerset County j



Maryland ss'

By his Excellency the
Captain General

Forasmuch as the right honble the Lord Proprietary hath
Commanded me to return unto him an exact Account of all
such lands as are escheated unto his Lordship by any ways or
means whatsoever within this Province and beingf desirous
nothing more then exacdy to Comply with and perform his
Lordships Command in Every Particular 1 do therefore hereby
Order and Command you that you make a true and fair List
of all such Lands as are escheated to his Lordship within your
County & in the same signify not only the quandty of any
p. 117 tract of Land that is escheated to his Lordship within your
County but also whether it be rich Indifferent or Barren Land
and whether any of it be Cleared and how much and if seated
then what Improvements are made thereon as to Orchards
fencing and housing and so of every particular tract of Land
escheated within your County to his Lordship as aforesaid and
the same List fairly engrossed and attested under your hand
that you return unto me at the City of S' Marys the tenth clay
of May next and for the more fully Empowering and enabling
you to perform his Lordships Commands herein I do hereby
require the Clerk of the Court of your County to be aiding
and assisting to you in the premises of this you are not to fail
at your Perill Given under my hand and seal at Arms the
1 1"' day of November in the 42'' Year of the dominion of his
said lordship over Maryland &c=' Annoq Domini 1673
To M - lohn Allen high Sheriff )
of Charles County j

The like sent into every particular County



Proceedings of the Coitncil of Maryland, 1667-75. 123

Maryland ss' Lii-cr a. m.

By his Excellency the Captain
General

Forasmuch as I have Granted Licenses to Several Persons

within this Province for the keeping- of a publick Ordinary

vvhicli licenses were restrained to only a Years time to keep

Ordinary and then to be void and for that I am inform'd that

several Persons in the respective Counties of this Province do

presume to keep Ordinary Notwithstanding they have no

License or else their Licenses are void and out of date These

are therefore to Command you that you make publick Procla- i>. nS

mation through your Bailiwick that all Persons that keep any



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