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ons, still more by the influence of Sir William Alexander, succeeded, for a season, in procuring the favorable disposition of Charles.
But when the whole affair came to be referred to the commissioners for the plantations, it was found, that, on
1639 April. received principles, the right of the king to confer the soil and the jurisdiction of Maryland could not be controverted; that the earlier license to traffic did not
Chap. VII.} vest in Clayborne any rights which were valid against the che laws, which were then enacted, were never ratified, and are therefore not to be found in the provincial records.
Bozman, 299—318, and 324—9 McMahon, 145.
In the early history of the United States, nothing is
1639. more remarkable than the uniform attachment of each colony to its franchises; and popular assemblies burst every where into life with a consciousness of their importance, and an immediate capacity for efficient legislation.
The first assembly of