"This volume completes the publication of the two long-lost Council Books, the recovery of which was explained in the preface to the volume containing the Council Proceedings, 1671-1681." In addition to the Council Proceedings, this volume contains an appendix containing some original documents including some "characteristically unctuous letters from William Penn, and a report, from the Virginia records, of George Talbott's trial, with his pardon. During these years the northern Indians gave but little trouble. Treaties were made with the Five Nations, and stipulations, as always, inserted to protect the Pascattoways and other Maryland Indians, who stood in great fear of the Senecas and Susquehannoughs. Some damage was done by small parties on outlying plantations, but an active system of ranging gave general security. The justice and clemency which characterized the dealings of the colonists with the aborigines were no doubt a chief cause that Maryland suffered so little from Indian troubles…The colony had, however, other troubles. Fendall was still doing his utmost to make mischief, trying to stir up sedition, and disseminating the old story that the Catholics were in league with the Indians to massacre the Protestants…The trouble with William Penn, which was so long to vex Maryland, and to result in the robbery of a large part of her original territory, here makes its first appearance."
William Hand Browne
(1898), 2007, CD, Graphic Images, Searchable, Adobe Acrobat, v6, 519 pp.