Cato's Mirania: A Life of Provost Smith
- Publish Date: 2002-10-02
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Charlotte Goldsborough Fletcher
Scottish born William Smith wrote The College of Mirania at age 26, in the belief that it is education alone that can mend and rectify the heart. Convinced that the British constitution and religious liberty was a glorious plan of civil and religious liberty, and writing under the pseudonym, Cato, who was renowned for his devotion to the old Roman ideals, Smith denounced Thomas Paine's call for independence. Now branded a loyalist, and under the surveillance of the Constitutionalist Assembly which had seized the College of Philadelphia, he moved to Maryland where in the next decade he chartered Maryland's first two colleges, Washington in Chestertown and St. John's in Annapolis. While in Maryland he was a leader in the reorganization of the Church of England in America as an independent Anglican Province.