The latter he was willing to take, the former, as a Catholic, he declined.
Returning to England he sought and obtained from Charles I the charter of Maryland.
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After a year's residence in Avalon, Sir George sailed south in quest of a more genial climate and a more kindly soil.
He reached Jamestown, Virginia, but the authorities of that English settlement refused him permission to land unless he would take the oath of supremacy as well as that of allegiance.
The grantee appointed the governor and all the civil and military officers of the province. He had power of life and death over the inhabitants as regards punishments for crime.
He could erect manors, the grantees of which enjoyed all the rights and privileges belonging to that kind of estate in England. He could confer titles of honour and thus establish a colonial aristocracy.
The total population (1906) was 1,275,434; of this total 37.1 per cent was reported in the census as claiming to be church-members (23.7 percent Protestant ; 13.1 per cent Catholics ; 0.3 per cent all others), and 62.9 per cent not reported as church members.
The numerical rank of the state has decreased in every census period, being sixth in 1790 and twenty-sixth in 1900.
With these were associated a number of artisans, mechanics, and labourers estimated at 250, the greater part of whom, it is said, were Protestants.
Cecilius Calvert carefully prepared and delivered to his brother Leonard, whom he appointed governor, and to the two commissioners, Hawley and Cornwaleys, associated with him in the government of his province, a body of instructions for their conduct while on the voyage, and when and after they should reach their destination.
] The charter also contained the most comprehensive grant of civil and political authority and jurisdiction that ever emanated from the English Crown.
It was a palatinate that was created with all the royal and viceregal rights pertaining to the unique and exceptional kind of government then existing in the Bishopric of Durham.
Of all the territory embraced within the boundaries clearly set out in the charter, "the grantee, his heirs, successors and assigns, were made and constituted the true and absolute lords and proprietaries".