St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce”
“Came Mrs. Margaret Brent and requested to have vote in the House for herself and voice also...as His Lordship’s attorney. The Governor denied
“Your Lordship’s estate...was better for the colony’s safety at that time in her hands that in any man’s else in the whole Province after your brother’s death, for the soldiers would never have treated any other with...civility and respect.” —Assembly to Lord Baltimore, April 21, 1649.
Erected 1984 by Elizabeth “Bessie” Mattingly Church, Arthur M. Ahalt & Zeigler Families, and the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, Non-US • Women. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Saint Mary's City, and the Women's Suffrage series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 21, 1648.
Location. 38° 11.133′ N, 76° 26.076′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old State House Road and Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5). It is near Farthing’s Ordinary in the gazebo on Aldermanbury Street, on the museum grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mathias de Sousa (a few steps from this marker); Taking Sail, Taking Chances (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Maryland Dove (within shouting Upon This Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); "have Their houses near the Watters" (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco... "our meat, drink, clothing and monies" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
More about this marker. The marker is in the Margaret Brent Garden gazebo, on a bluff overlooking the St. Mary’s River, on the grounds Historic St. Mary’s City Museum of History and Archeology. The admission fee must be paid to reach this marker.
Regarding In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce”. The Protestant attack mentioned on the marker was made by ship Captain Richard Ingle against the colony in the name of the English Parliament, which was carrying on a Civil War with King Charles I.
Also see . . .
1. Margaret Brent. by Dr. Lois Green Carr on the Archives of Maryland website. (Submitted on April 15, 2007.)
2. Margaret Brent, Maryland and America’s First Feminist. Article (Submitted on April 15, 2007.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,688 times since then and 48 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 4, 2008. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 15, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the garden in flower • A better photo to replace No. 2 • Can you help?