and gave to their statutes the greatest possi-
When the defects and inconveniences of infant legislation were remedied by a revised code, which was published with the approbation of the governor and council,3
all the privileges which the assembly had ever claimed, were carefully confirmed.4
Indeed, they seem never to have been questioned.
Yet the administration of Harvey
was disturbed by
divisions, which grew out of other causes than infringements of the constitution.
, who visited Virginia
in 1632—3, had reason to praise the advanced condition of the settlement, the abundance of its products, and the liberality of its governor.5
The community would hardly have been much disturbed because fines were exacted with too relentless rigor;6
but the whole colony of Virginia
was in a state of excitement and alarm in consequence of the dismemberment of its territory by the cession to Lord Baltimore.
As in many of the earlier settlements, questions about landtitles were agitated with passion; and there was reason to apprehend the increase of extravagant grants, that would again include the soil on which plantations had already been made without the acquisition of an indisputable legal claim.
, the first occupants had refused to submit, and a skirmish had ensued, in which the blood of Europeans was shed for the first time on the waters of the Chesapeake
; and Clayborne
, defeated and banisned from Maryland
as a murderer7
and an outlaw, sheltered himself in Virginia
, where he had long been a member of the council.