In 1824 Worthington questioned Solomon Etting concerning the number of Jews and their material wealth. Etting replied that there were one hundred and fifty Jews in Maryland whose total wealth was estimated at one-half million dollars. This response brought with it two additional arguments to support the bill. One noted that whatever faults Jews have are the result of persecution. Liberty, as evidenced by life in the United States, bestowed energy and dignity on the Jewish character. And secondly, by the test oath Marylanders were discouraging these rich and prosperaus citizens from entering Maryland. Maryland needed these worthy men of enterprise and capital to develop her natural seaports, but they would go to a neighboring state rather than live under the persecution they must endure in Maryland.