SERJEANT WYNN'S OPINION
King Charles the first by his Letters Patents dated 20th
June 1632 Granted to the then Lord Baltimore, The Absolute
Lordship and Proprietorship of the Province of Maryland
(Saving Faith Allegiance & Sovereign Dominion to his Maj-
esty his Heirs and Successors) Together in General with all
and singular the like and as ample Rights Jurisdictions Privi-
ledges, Prerogatives Royalties Liberties Immunities Royal
rights and Franchises of what kind soever Temporal as well
by Sea as by Land To have exercise use and Enjoy the same as
amply as any Bishop of Durham within the Bishoprick or
County Palatine of Durham in the Kingdom of England Then
had or at any Time theretofore had held used or Enjoyed or
of right ought or might have had held used or enjoyed.
By another Clause of the said Letters Patents his said late
Majesty Gave to the said Lord Baltimore Power to appoint
Deputies Lieutenants Judges Justices Magistrates Officers and
Ministers either by Sea or Land for what Cause soever and
with what Power soever and in such form as to him and his
Heirs should seem most convenient; And to do all and every
other thing or things which unto the compleat Establishment
of Justice unto Courts Judicatories and Tribunals Forms of
Judicature and manners of Proceedings do belong, Altho in
those Presents Express mention be not made thereof.
By Virtue of such Powers the Lord Baltimore Erected
Courts and appointed Judges Magistrates and Officers for the
better Government of that Province and Administration of
Justice therein; And which Judges Officers &c. have always
acted and still Act in the several Courts under such appoint-
ments, During such Time as the Government of the said Prov-
ince remained as it now is in the hands and under the Direction
of the Lord Baltemore.
Between the year 1632 and 1642 no Certainty of any Regu-
lation appears to have been made of the Fees of the Ministers
of the Courts of Justice and some Officers of the Government.
In 1642 A Table of Officers' Fees was assessed and Pub-
lished under the Great Seal of the Province by the then Lieu-
tenant General & Council of the sd Province
Lib. 82, J. R.