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In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce”

 
 
In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
1. In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” Marker
Bronze relief by M. Fraser de Packh, cast in 1983.
Inscription. Margaret Brent (ca. 1601–1671), a Catholic gentlewoman, lived in Maryland from 1638 to 1650. In June 1647 the dying governor, Leonard Calvert, made her executrix of his estate with power to pay the soldiers he had hired to put down a Protestant rebellion. Margaret Brent’s skill in carrying out this mission preserved Lord Baltimore’s authority and his policy of religious toleration. During this crisis she unsuccessfully requested two votes in the Assembly, one for herself and one as Lord Baltimore’s agent. This is the first known effort of a woman in America to vote in a legislative assembly.

“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 that the said Mrs. Brent should have any vote in the house, and the said Mrs. Brent protested against all proceedings in this present Assembly, unless she may be present and have vote as aforesaid.”
In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
2. In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” Marker
Marker consists of the bronze relief mounted on an inclined marble slab placed on a brick pedestal with two bronze tablets that tell the story.
—Assembly Proceedings, Friday, January 21, 1648.

“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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Saint Mary's City marker series.
 
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). Touch for map. It is near
Left Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
3. Left Tablet
Farthing’s Ordinary in the gazebo on Aldermanbury Street, on the museum grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mathias de Sousa (a few steps from this marker); Upon This Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Arrival of Governor Copley (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovering Layers of the Past (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Governing (about 500 feet away); Thomas Allen Senior (about 600 feet away). 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”.
Right Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
4. Right Tablet
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 by John T. Marck (Submitted on April 15, 2007.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWars, Non-US
 
Margaret Brent Garden Gazebo image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
5. Margaret Brent Garden Gazebo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,264 times since then and 70 times this year. This page 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?
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