Colonial Nullification: A Maryland County Court’s Repudiation of the Stamp Act

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The Stamp Act required all official documents in the colonies to be printed on special stamped paper. This included all commercial and legal documents, newspapers, pamphlets, and even playing cards. … Marylanders quickly mobilized against the Stamp Act. … The stamped paper arrived in Maryland in October 1765, but unrest had reached the point that Gov. Horatio Sharpe was afraid the colonists would destroy the paper if it was offloaded. He requested that the stamped paper remain onboard the ship until the situation cooled off. As a result, when Nov. 1, the effective date of the Stamp Act rolled around, there was no stamped paper available in the Maryland colony. This set the stage for the Frederick County Court to effectively nullify the stamp act by simply ignoring it.” (11/22/21)