Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1731.
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OATH of OFFICE
M. Esqr in the City of Annapolis appeared the Honorable Samuel Ogle Esqr in Presence of the Honble Charles Calvert EsqrPhilemon Lloyd Esqr Col Richard Tilgnman Col Matthew Tilghman Ward John Rousby Esqr Benjamin Tasker Esqr and Philip Lee Esqr Members of His Lordships Council and produced His said Lordships Commission constituting and appointing him the said Samuel Ogle Lieutenant General and Chief Governor of the Provinces of Maryland and Avalon in America, & also Commander in Chief both by Sea and Land of all the Forces raised or to be raised in the sd Provinces; which being published and read, is ordered to be recorded in the Secretary's Office His Excellency the Governor took the several Oaths appointed to be taken by Act of Assembly of this Province as also the Oath following I Samuel Ogle do swear that I will be true and faithful to the Right Honourable Charles Lord Baron of Baltimore the true and absolute Lord and Proprietary of this Province of Maryland and his Heirs and him and them his & their Rights Royall Jurisdictions and Signiorys all and every of them into and Over this his Province of Maryland the Islands & Territorys thereto belonging I will at all times defend and Maintain to the Utmost of my power and will never Accept of any place Office or Imployment within the said Province any ways concerning or relating to the Government thereof from any person or Authority but by from or under a lawful Authority
Derived or to be derived from his said Lordship his Heirs or Assignees, I will faithfully serve his said Lordship as his Governor Commander in Chief of the said Province and in all other offices committed to my Charge by his said Lordships Commission or Commissions to me and will willingly yield up the said Commission or Commissions again and all Offices powers and Authorities granted or to be granted by them or any of them into the hands of his said Lordship and his heirs and Assignees or to such person or persons as he or they shall Appoint whensoever he or they shall Appoint me so to do and shall Signifie the same unto me. And will not presume to put in Execution or Attempt to Execute any Office Power or Authority Granted unto me by any of the said Commissions after that his said Lordship or his heirs or Assignees Lords and Proprietaries of the said Province shall repeal them or any of them respectively and that the said Repeals be published within this Province. I will do equal Right and Justice to the Poor and to the Rich within this Province to the best of my Skill Judgment and Power According to the Laws and Ordinances of the said Province and in default thereof According to my Conscience and best Discretion and the power granted or to be granted unto me by his said Lordships Commission or Commissions I will not for fear favor or Affection or any other cause hinder or delay Justice to any but will truly Execute the said Office and Offices respectively according to his said Lordships Commission to me in that behalf and to the true Intent and meaning thereof and not otherwise to the best of my understanding and Judgment I will not know of any Attempt against his said Lordships person or his right or Dominion into or over the said Province or the People therein but I will prevent resist or oppose it to the utmost of my power and make the same known with all Convenient Speed to his said Lordship and I will in all things from time to time as occasion shall require faithfully Counsel and advise his said Lordship According to my heart & Conscience. So help me God
His Excellency the Governor took also the following Oath
I Samuel Ogle Governor of His Lordships Province of Maryland do Solemnly swear that I will do my Utmost that every the Causes matters and things contained in the several following Acts of Parliament of His Majesties Kingdom of Great Britain (Viet.) An Act Entitled an Act for the Encouraging and Increasing of the Shipping and Navigation made in the Twelfth year of the Reign of King Charles the Second, The Act for preventing frauds and Regulating abuses in his Majesties Customs made in the fourteenth year of the sd Kings Reign. The Act for the Encouragement of Trade made in the fifteenth year of the said Kings Reign. The Act to prevent the planting of Tobacco in England and for Regulating the Plantation Trade made in the Twenty Second and Twenty Third Years of the said Kings Reign and Continued by a Clause in the Act against Clandestine Running of Goods and for the more Effectual preventing of frauds Relating to the Customs made in the fifth Year of the Reign of our late Royal father; The Act for the Encouragement of the Greenland and Eastland Trades and for the better securing the Plantation Trade made in the Twenty fifth year of the said King Charles Reign; The Act for preventing frauds and Regulating abuses in the Plantation Trade in the Seventh and Eighth years of the Reign of King William the Third The Act for Encouraging the Importation of Naval Stores from her Majesties Plantations in America made in the Third and fourth Years of the Reign of her late Majesty Queen Anne so far as it is continued & Explained by an Act giving further Encouragement for the Importation of Naval Stores &c made in the Eighth Year of his said late Majesties Reign. The Act to permit the Exportation of Irish Linen Cloth to the Plantations &c made also in the Third and fourth Years of the same Queens Reign and Continued and Explained by an Act past in the Third Year of his said late Majesties Reign for continuing the Liberty of Exporting Irish Linen Cloth to the British Plantations in America Duty free &c The Act for an Union of the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland made in the fifth Year of the same Queens Reign in which are certain Articles relating to the Plantation Trade more particularly the fourth fifth & Sixth The Act for Ascertaining the Rates of foreign Coins in her Majesties Plantations in America made in the Sixth Year of the same Queens Reign. The Act for the Encouragement of the Trade to America passed in the same year of the said Queens Reign; The Act for Continuing several Impositions Additional Im positions and Duties upon Goods Imported &c And to limit a time for prosecution upon certain Bonds given by Merchants (called in the Act Plantation Bonds) made in the Eighth Year of the same Queens Reign; The Act against Clandestine Running of unaccustomed Goods and for the more Effectual preventing of frauds relating to the Customs made in the fifth Year of his said late Majesties Reign, And the Act Giving further Encouragement for the Importation of Naval Stores for other purposes therein mentioned made in the Eighth Year of his said late Majesties Reign ; And also the Act for the more Effectual Suppressing of Piracy made in the same Year of his late Majesties Reign now in force relating to this Province And in all other Act of Parliament now in force or that hereafter shall be made relating to our Colonies or Plantations shall be punctually and bona fide observed According to the true Intent and meaning of the same Acts of Parliament. So help me God.
The Honorable Benedict Leonard Calvert Esq delivers to His Excellency the Great Seal of this Province, and thereupon his Excellency the Governor takes the Oath of Chancellor in the following Words:
I Samuel Ogle do swear that as Chancellor and Keeper of the Great Seal of this Province I will well and truly serve His Lordship the Right Honorable the Lord Proprietary of this Province and do equal Right to all his Majesty's Subjects to the best of my Understanding Skill & Knowledge I will not debar or hinder the Prosecution of Justice nor take any Gift Bribe Reward or Fee for the delaying thereof but will behave myself justly and truly and hear act judge Decree Lib. M. and determine all matters that shall regularly come before me for Determination according to Equity and good Con science according to the Duty of my said Office and according to the best of my Knowledge during my Continuance in the sd Office, or until I shall be by lawful Authority
discharged therefrom So help me God.
All which said Oaths were administered to his Excellency by the Members of his Lordships honorable Council now present.
After taking the several Oaths aforesaid His Excellency subscribed the Oath of Abjuration and Test according to the Directions of the Act of Assembly
Advised, Resolved and Ordered that a Proclamation be forthwith issued for the Publication of his Excellency the Governors Commission, and directing all Officers Civil and Military to continue in the Execution and discharge of their several Offices until his Excellency’s Pleasure shall be further known and signified therein, which Proclamation being prepared is as follows Viz.
By His Excellency Samuel Ogle Esqr Governor & Commander
in Chief in and over the Province of Maryland
Whereas Charles Absolute Lord and Proprietary of the Provinces of Maryland & Avalon Lord Baron of Baltimore by his Commission under his Great Seal at Arms bearing Date at London the sixteenth Day of September in the fifth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord King George the Second Anno Domini 1731 has with the Approbation of his most sacred Majesty been pleased to constitute me the said Samuel Ogle Governor and Commander in Chief in and over this his Lordships Province of Maryland which said Commission was this Day published in the Presence and hearing of the Members of his Lordships Honorable Council and Others the Kings Subjects his Lordships Tenants in this Province at the City of Annapolis I have therefore by and with the Advice of his Lordships Council of State thought fit to issue this my Proclamation notifying the same to all Sheriffs Magistrate and Others his Lordships Officers in this Province And I Do further Will and direct that all Officers both Civil and Military execute and discharge the several Trusts and Duties in them reposed and enjoined by the present respective Commissions to them granted until such time as my further Pleasure and Directions shall be signified therein Given at the City of Annapolis this seventh Day of December in the fifth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the second and in the seventeenth year of His Lordships Dominion &c Anno Domini 1731
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