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se of power; to plan the establishment of popular institutions with the enjoyment of liberty of conscience; to advance the career of civilization by recognizing the rightful equality of all Christian sects. The asylum of Papists was the spot, where, in a remote corner of the world, on the banks of rivers which, as yet, had hardly been explored, the mild forbearance of a proprietary adopted religious freedom as the basis of the state. Before the patent could be finally adjusted and pass April 15. the great seal, Sir George Calvert died, Chalmers. 201 leaving a name against which the breath of calumny has hardly whispered a reproach. The petulance of his adversaries could only taunt him with being an Hispamo- Chap VII.} 1632 lized Papist. Wilson, in Kennett, III. 705. His son, Cecil Calvert, succeeded to his honors and fortunes. For him, the heir of his father's intentions, The charter asserts it. not less than of his father's fortunes, the charter of Maryland was publi