years the unhappy province had been distracted by
dissensions, of which the root had consisted in the claims that Baltimore
had always asserted, and had never been able to establish.
What should now be done?
was in a less settled condition than ever.
Would the son of Cromwell
permanently hold the place of his father?
Would Charles II.
Did new revolutions await the colony?
new strifes with Virginia
, the protector, the proprietary, the king?
Wearied with long convulsions, a general assembly saw no security but in asserting the power
of the people, and constituting the government on the expression of their will.
Accordingly, just one day
before that memorable session of Virginia
, when the people of the Ancient Dominion
adopted a similar system of independent legislation, the representatives of Maryland
, convened in the house of Robert Slye
, voted themselves a lawful assembly, without dependence on any other power in the province.
The burgesses of Virginia
had assumed to themselves the election of the council; the burgesses of Maryland
refused to acknowledge the rights of the body claiming to be an upper house.
yielded to the public will; in Maryland
permitted the power of the people to be proclaimed.
The representatives of Maryland
, having thus successfully settled the government, and hoping for tranquillity after years of storms, passed an act, making it felony to disturb the order which they had established.
No authority would henceforward be recognized, except the assembly, and the king of England
The light of peace .promised to dawn upon the province.