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ts; and Maryland itself was the prize contended Chap VII.} 1654 for. The Puritans, ever the friends of popular liberty, hostile to monarchy, and equally so to a hereditary proprietary, contended earnestly for every civil liberty; but had neither the gratitude to respect the rights of the government, by which they had been received and fostered, nor magnanimity to continue the toleration, to which alone they were indebted for their residence in the colony. A new assembly, convened at Patux- Oct ent, acknowledged the authority of Cromwell; but it also exasperated the whole Romish party by their wanton disfranchisement. An act concerning religion confirmed the freedom of conscience, provided the liberty were not extended to popery, prelacy, Bacon, 1654, c. IV or licentiousness of opinion. Yet Cromwell, a friend to religious toleration, and willing that the different sects, like the cedar, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree, should be planted in the wilderness together, never approv