applied for grants of land in the new country.
Both died before the grant was prepared, and Coecilius Calvert
then procured to be framed a charter or grant, which was the wisest and most liberal in its terms of any issued up to that time to an English subject.
The charter granted to him and his heirs forever the territory on the north of the Potomac
, and extending from the Atlantic ocean
to the first springs of the Potomac
, and along the 40th degree of north latitude from the Delaware river
to the meridian of the first fountain of the Potomac river
Together with this great grant of land and water, about 13,000 square miles, the proprietary was vested with all the powers of the Bishop
, who from the earliest times had exercised absolute dominion over the palatinate of Durham
and such power of martial law as was necessary in tempestuous times to preserve society and protect the border.
The charter provided for self-government by the freemen; it secured them all the rights of Englishmen, and laid the solid foundation of a happy, friendly, contented society.
The proprietary, in his capacity of palatine, regulated social laws and behavior.
The motto of the Calverts is ‘Fatti Maschii, Parole Foemine’—Deeds are manly, words are womanly, or as it has always been rendered, ‘Courage and Chivalry.’
The standard of the proprietary was borne in battle by a grand standard-bearer, who was an officer of great dignity and authority.
One was killed at the battle of the Severn
, between the Cavaliers and Roundheads, in 1654, and his widow received a grant of land and was treated with great distinction by the proprietary.
But the controlling force of the colony was the spirit of Baltimore
, who in his instructions to his governors insisted that there should be no broils about religion or politics.
Every man should be secured in the right to his opinion.
Free thought was guaranteed to every Marylander
, and free speech as well, except so far as free speech infringed on the rights of his neighbors, when it was strictly suppressed.
Therefore, in the very foundation of Maryland