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The CHARTER granted by His Majesty King
CHARLES the Second, &c.
, , &c. To all to whom these Presents shall come, GREETING. W bereas by the leveral Navigations, Discoveries, and Successful Plantations of divers of Our loving Subjects of this Our Realm of England, several Lands, llards, Places, Colonies, and Plantations have been obtained and jettled in that Part of the Continent of America called New-England, and thereby the Trade and Commerce there, hath been of late Years much increased : And whereas We bave been informed by the bumble Petition of Our Trusły and Well-beloved John Winthrop, John Mason, Samuel Wyllys, Henry Clarke, Matthew Al. lyn, John Tapping, Nathan Gold, Richard Treat, Richard Lord, Henry Wolcot, John Talcott, Daniel Clarke, John Ogden, Thomas Wells, Obadiah Bruen, John Clarke, Anthony Hawkins, John Deming, and Matthew Camfield, being Perfons principally interested in Our Colony or Plantation of Connecticut, in New-England, that the same Colony, or the greatest part thereof was Purch ajed and obtained for great and valuable Conhderations, and some er ber Part thereof gained by Conqueft, and with much Difficulty, and at the only Endeavours, Expence, and Charges of them and their Aljociates, and those under whom they Claim, Subdued, and Improved, and thereby became a confiderable Enlargement and Addition of Our Dominions and Interest there. Now Know YE, That in Conlideration thereof, and in Regard the said Colony is remote from other the English Plantations in the Places aforesaid, and to the End the Affairs and Business which shall from Time to Time happen or arise concerning the same, may be duly Ordered and Managed, we have thought fit, and at the humble Petition of the Persons aforesaid, are graciously pleased to create and make them a Body Policick and Corporate, with the Powers and The Corpo Privileges herein after mentioned ; and accordingly Our Will and Pleasure is, ration confti. and of our especial Grace, certain Knowledge, and meer Motion, We have or- cuted. dained, constituted and declared, and by these Presents, for Us, Our Heirs and Socceffors, Do ordain, conftitute and declare, that they the said John Winibrop, John Majon, Samuel Wyllys, Henry Clarke, Matibew Allyn, Yobu Tapping, Nathan Gold, Richard Treat, Richard Lord, Henry Wolcott, John Talcort, Daniel Clarke, Jobn Ogden, Thomas Wells, Obadiah Bruen, John Clarke, of the Polen. Anthony Hawkins, John Deming, and Matthew Camfield, and all such others as now are, or hereafter shall be admitted, and made Free of the Company and Society of Our Colony of Connecticut, in America, fhall from Time to Time, and for ever hereafter, be One Body Corporate and Politick, in fact and Name, by the name of, Governor and Company of the English Colony of Con, the corpora.
The Name of Decticut, in New-England, in America ; and that by the same Name įhey and ticn. their successors Mall and may have perpetual Succession, and thall and may be Persons able and capable in the Law, to plead and be impleaded, to answer and to be answered unto, to defend and be detended in all and fingular Suits,
Their AbiliCauses, Quarrels, Matters, Actions, and Things, of what kind or Nature fo
ty to plead & ever ; and also to have, take, posless, acquire, and purchase Lands, Tenements, delend, &c, or Hereditaments, or any Goods, or Chatiels, and the same to lease, grant, demise, alien, bargain, fell, and difpole of, as other Our liege People of this to purchase Our Reaim of England, or any other Corporation or Body Politick within the Lands, &c. fame may lawfully do. And further, That the laid Governor and Company, and their Succeffors, shall and may forever hereafter have a Common Seai, 10 To have a serve and use for all Causes, Matters, Things, and Affairs whatsoever, of them common tea!, and their Succeffurs, and the fame Seal to aiter, change, break, and make new from Time to Time, at their Wills and Pleasures, as they all think tit. And further, We will and ordain, and by these Presents, for Us, Gor Heirs, and Succeffors, dy declare and appoint, Thal for the better o; denilince and ma
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