were commissioned by Stone
to raise men in arms,
and the leaders of this new revolution were able to surprise and get possession of the provincial records.
They marched, also, from Patuxent
towards Anne Arundel
, the chief seat of the republicans, who insisted on naming it Providence
The inhabitants of Providence
and their partisans gathered together with the zeal that belongs to the popular party, and with the courage in which Puritans were never deficient.
Vain were proclamations, promises, and threats.
The party of Stone
was attacked and utterly discomfited; he himself, with others, was taken, and would have been put to death but for the respect and affection borne him by some among the insurgents whom he had formerly welcomed to Maryland
He was kept a prisoner during part of the administration of Cromwell
while three of the principal men of the province, sentenced to death by a council of war, were presently executed.2
A friend to Lord Baltimore, then in the province, begged of the protector no other boon than that he would ‘condescend to settle the country by declaring his determinate will.’3
And yet the same causes which led Cromwell
to neglect the internal concerns of Virginia
, compelled him to pay but little attention to the disturbances in Maryland
On the one hand, he respected the rights of property of Lord Baltimore; on the other, he protected his own political partisans, corresponded with his commissioners, and expressed no displeasure at their exercise of power.4