Excerpt from Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland: October, 1720-October, 1723
In this volume are contained the Proceedings and Acts of the Gen eral Assembly from October, 1720, to October, I 723, during which period five sessions of the Assembly were held. The lengthy record of the session of 1723 has caused the size of this volume to be extended much beyond the usual dimensions.
The beginning of the period is coincident with that of the administra tion of Charles Calvert, the successor of John Hart as Governor of Maryland. In his letter of commission Governor Calvert is described as a cousin of the fifth Lord Baltimore, the Proprietary, whose name was also Charles Calvert.
The exact relationship between the two has never been successfully traced, or the parentage of Governor Calvert ascertained. Most of the known facts bearing upon the subject were given in a note by the late Dr. Christopher Johnston, published in the Maryland Historical Maga zine, Vol. I., p. 289. They are brieﬂy as follows: On July 10, 1701, Charles, third Lord Baltimore (grandfather of the fifth Baron), out of affection, special favor, certain knowledge and mere motion, made a gift of a tract of one thousand acres of land in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to Charles Calvert Lazenby. On September io, 1709, Charles Calvert Lazenby of the Parish of St. James, West minster, made a deed of this land to Henry Darnall of Prince George's County; and on November 27 of the same year a commission as ensign in the First Regiment of Foot, or Grenadier Guards, was issued to Charles Calvert, who was promoted to lieutenant and captain, January 18, 1718, and appointed Governor of Maryland, May 17, 1720. Colonel Henry Lazenby was High Sheriff of Anne Arundel County, and in the record of the death of his wife, Margaret, which occurred on August 8, 1722, she is described as the aunt of the Governor.
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