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ma The CHARTER granted by His Majesty King
CHARLES the Second, &c; :;:.
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. Whereas by the feveral Navigations, Discoveries, and Successful Plantation's of divers of Our loving Subjeets of this Our Realm of England, several Lands, İrands, Places, Colonies, and Planiations have been obtained and Jettled in ibat Part of the Continent of America called New-England, and thereby the Irade and Commerce there, baib been of late Years much increased : And whireas We bave been informed by the bumble Petition of Our Trusty and Wellbeloved John Winthrop, John Mason, Samuel Wyllys, Henry Clarke, Matthew Allyn, John Tapping, Nathan Gold, Richard Treat, Richard Lord; Henry Wolcoit; 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 ör Plantation of Connecticut, in New-Englaod, that the fame Colony, or the greatest part thereof was Purchased and Obtained for great and valuable Confiderations, and some other Part thereof gained by Conquest, and with much difficulty, and at the only Endeavours, Expence, and Charges of them and their Associates, and those under whoni ibey Claim, Subdued, and Improved, and thereby become a considerable Enlargement and Addition of Our Dominions and Intereft there. Now Know YE, That in Consideration thereof, and in Regard the said Colony is remote from other che 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, and are graciously Pleased to create and make them a Body Politick and Corporate, with the The corpora: Powers and Privileges herein after mentioned ; and accordingly Our Will tion conftitua and Pleasure is, and of our especial Grace, certain Knowlege, and meer ted. Mocion, We have ordained, constituted and declared, and by these Preseots, for Us; Our Heirs and Successors, Do ordain, constitute and declare,
* The names of that they the said John Winthrop, John Mason, Samuel Wyllys, Henry Clarke, Matthew Allyn, John Tapping, Nathan Gold, Richard Treat, Richard Lord, Henry Wolcott, John Talcott, Daniel Clarke, yohn Ogden, Thomas Wells, Obadiab Bruen, John Clarke, Anthony Hawkins, John Deming, and Matthews 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, ini America, Thail fram Time to Time, and for ever hereafter, be One Body The namie of Corporate and Politick, in Fact and Name, by the Name of, Governor and the corporaCompany of the English Colony of Connecticut in New-England, in America;
tion: and that by the same Name chey, and their Successors shall and may have perpetual Succession, and shall and may be Persons able and capable in the
Their ability Law, to plead and be impleaded, to answer and to be answered unto, toto plead and defend and be defended in all and singular Suits, Causes, Quarrels, Matters, defend, &c. Actions, and Things, of what kind or Nature foever ; and also to have, take, poffefs, acquire, and purchase Lands, Tenements, or Heredicaments, or any Goods, or Chattels, and the sanie to leafe, grant, demise, alien,
To purchase bargain, sell, and dispose of, as other Our liege People of this Our Realon of England, or any other Corporation or Body Politick within the same may lawfully do. And further, That the said Governor and Company, and common feal: their Successors, shall and may for ever hereafter have a Common Scal, to and to alter serve and use for all Causes, Matters, Things, and Affairs whatsoever, of & change its them and their Succeffors, and the same Seal to alter, change, break, and make new from Time to Time, at their Wills and Pleasures, as they shall think fit. And further, We will and ordain, and by these Presents, for Us, our Heirs and Successors, do declare and appoint, that for the better ordering and managing of the Affairs and Business of the said Company