London, September 1633
"Another political delay!" Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore, maintained an outward calm but seethed inwardly. Years of political maneuvers to secure a charter for a new colony had taught him the benefit of maintaining an appearance of calm in the face of frustrating setbacks and delays. Lately, he'd had to call on that trait more times than he cared to remember. The Calvert brothers had been waiting in Lord Strafford's outer office for over an hour in response to an urgent summons.

This made the third trip to Whitehall Palace to deal with delays about the . . .

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