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ssful insurrection. The controversy between the king and the par- 1649 April liament advanced; the overthrow of the monarchy seemed about to confer unlimited power in England upon the imbittered enemies of the Romish church; and, as if with a foresight of impending danger, and an earnest desire to stay its approach, the Roman Catholics of Maryland, with the earnest concurrence of their governor and of the proprietary, determined to place upon their statute-book an act for the religious April 21. freedom which had ever been sacred on their soil. And whereas the enforcing of the conscience in matters of religion—such was the sublime tenor of a part of the statute—hath frequently fallen out to be of dangerous consequence in those commonwealths where it has been practised, and for the more quiet and peace- Chap. VII.} 1649. able government of this province, and the better to preserve mutual love and amity among the inhabitants, no person within this province, professing to believe