The right to the jurisdiction of Maryland
therefore, a disputed question.
, and the others, appointed by Clayborne
, actually possessed authority; while Lord Baltimore, with the apparent sanc-
tion of the protector, commissioned1 Josias Fendall
to appear as his lieutenant.
had, the preceding year, been engaged in exciting an insurrection, under pretence of instructions from Stone
; he now appear-
ed as an open but unsuccessful insurgent.
Little is known of his disturbance, except that it occasioned a heavy public expenditure.2
Yet the confidence of Lord Baltimore was continued
, who received anew an appointment to the government of the province.
For a season, there was a divided rule; Fendall
was acknowledged by the
Catholic party in the city of St. Mary's
; and the commissioners were sustained by the Puritans of St. Leonard's. At length, the conditions of a compromise were settled; and the government of the whole prov-
ince was surrendered to the agent of the proprietary.
Permission to retain arms; an indemnity for arrears; relief from the oath of fealty; and a confirmation of the acts and orders of the recent Puritan
assemblies;— these were the terms of the surrender, and prove the influence of the Puritans.3
was a weak and impetuous man; but I cannot find any evidence that his administration was stained by injustice.
Most of the statutes enacted during his government were thought worthy of being perpetuated.
The death of Cromwell
left the condition of England
uncertain, and might well diffuse a gloom through the counties of Maryland