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RELATIVE TO THE

· DIFFERENCE OF OPINION :

BETWEEN THE

Governor and the Council

. ON THEIR

RESPECTIVE POWER S.

ANN APO
PRINTED BY FREDERICK GREEN, TEKINTÉR TO

THE STATE.

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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

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AreTeR, LENOX AND TILBEN FOUNDATION,

1899.

1. Manglandelovernor 2. Maryland Council

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A DIFFERENCE of opinion having occurred between the governor and the council of this State on the powers conferred, and the consequent duties imposed on them respectively, by the constitution and laws, of a nature too extensive to admit of compromise, without an entire sacrifice of principle; which had already embarrassed and threatened more serious difficulties in the administration of the executive department, the governor deemed it his duty to submit the subjext to the legislature; bis conduct, in this instance, has not passed uncensured. It is difficult, perhaps, after long reflection, to devise any other satisfačtory mode of procedure. A precedent, not materially variant, kad occurred in New-York, where similar conduet in the chief magistrate had excited no unfavourable criticism, but had produced a convention, which fixed the question for the future, without deciding the pre-existent right. In Maryland, the legislature themselves are possessed of all the powers of a convention, when exercised in the mode prescribed; it would seem, therefore, that this mode has been resorted to here with still greater propriety. No definitive step, however, was taken by that body on the subječt, and the conduct of the public functionaries, and what is of far

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