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l. The parishes were about forty in number, increasing in value, some of them promising soon to yield a thousand pounds sterling a year. Thus the lewd Lord Baltimore had more church patronage than any landholder in England; and, as there was no bishop in America, ruffians, fugitives from justice, men stained by intemperance chap. VI.} 1754. and lust, Several Letters of the Lieutenant-governor Sharpe. But see in particular H. Sharpe to Hammersly, 22 June, 1768, and T. B. Chandler to S. Johnson, 9 June, 1767. (I write with caution, the distinct allegations being before me,) nestled themselves, through his corrupt and easy nature, in the parishes of Maryland. The king had reserved no right of revising the laws of Maryland, nor could he invalidate them, except as they should be found repugnant to those of England. Though the Acts of Trade were in force, the royal power was specially restrained from imposing or causing to be imposed any customs or other taxations, quotas, or con