Die Martis, March 24th 1701/2.
The house mett againe and were prsent as yesterday.
Leiut Collo Thomas Smith enters the house, Mr Wm Bladen
Clk: of the Honble Councill enters the house and Delivers
Mr Speaker the Indentures for Election of Delegates for Ann
The paragraph of Doctr Brays Lre : and his Excys Message
thereon read, viz :
I must not omitt to lett yor Excy know that the burthen has
laid extraordinary upon me, I have been at very great charges
wth Councill and other wise while the affaire of the Law lay
before the Boarde of Trade and when the Quakers could not
gett their end their but that a new bill would be sent back
with the Kings recommendation to be pass'd into a Law they
did then peticon his Maty: to be heard in Councill agt it,
where I was also ordered to appeare with my Councill on the
behalfe of the Countrey of their proceedings and of this Bill
now to be Sent, Which hearing alone did cost me neere
I bless God the victory was very easy to the Argument
and the inclination of the Court was and is as great as I could
desire to doe us right but It is upon too unequall terms that
a private and a Single purse must maintaine the cause of the
Countrey agt a whole party my owne time and paines in this
affaire I willingly make an offering of togeather with wt other
Services have been done to the Countrey but as to money
out of pockett in soliciteing an affaire of the greatest import-
ance to Maryland I shall Expect to be reimbursed which was
upwards of fifty pounds and I humbly recomend it to yor Excy
to represent this to the next Assembly.
By his Excy the Govr and Councill, March the 23d 1701/2
The above is a Coppy of a parragraph of the Reverend
Doctor Bray's Lre: to his Excy the Govr and this Board doe
recomend it to the house that you would consider of the charge
the said Doctor Bray has been at for the Service of this Prov-
ince for the creditt of which it is not doubted but you will be
ready to reimburse him wt he mencons to have expended.
Signed p Order
W. Bladen Clk: Councill.
Voted whether he shall be reimbursed his money by the
publick or not. Carried by the Majority of votes that he be
allowed 50l Sterling in Sattisfaction of what the said Doctor
Bray has disbursed in negotiating the said affaire about the
Act for religious Worship.