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. Ebeling, v. 709. The German historian is remarkably temperate. All others have been unjust to the legislature of Maryland. The light of peace .promised to dawn upon the province. Thus was Maryland, like Virginia, at the epoch of Chap. VII.} 1660 the restoration, in full possession of liberty, based upon the practical assertion of the sovereignty of the people. Like Virginia, it had so nearly completed its institutions, that, till the epoch of its final separation from England, it hardly made any further advances towards freedom and independence. Men love liberty, even if it be turbulent; and the colony had increased, and flourished, and grown rich, in spite of domestic dissensions. Its population, in 1660, is variously estimated at eight thousand, Fuller's Worthies, Ed. 1662. and at twelve thousand. Chalmers, 226. The country was dear to its inhabitants. There they desired to spend the remnant of their lives; there they coveted to make their graves. Hammond, 25