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heires, and successors, for the time being, be a suffici

ent warrant and discharge in this behalfe. Persons that

And further our will and pleasure is, and we doe shall be born in the hereby for us, our heires, and fucceffors, ordain, declare, lands hereby granted and grant to the said Governour and Companie, and shall be

theire successors, That all and every the fubjects of considered as natural us, our heires, or successors, which shall goe to and injects.

habite within the faid lands and premiffes hereby mentioned to be granted, and every of their children which fhall happen to be borne there, or on the seas in going thither or returning from thence, shall have and enjoy all liberties and immunities of free and naturall subjects within any of the dominions of us, our heires, or fucceffors, to all intents, constructions, and purpofes what

soever, as if they and every of them were borne within Power to the realıne of England. And that the Governour and administer the oaths of deputy-Governour of the said Companie for the time allegiance and supre. being, or either of them, and any two, or more, of such macy to the of the said Affistants as shall be thereunto appointed by persons who shall here the said Governour and Companie at any of their courts, in the lands or affemblies to be held as aforesaid, shall and may, at hereby granted.

all tymes, and from tyme to tyme, hereafter, have full power and authority to administer and give the oath and oathes of supremacie and allegiance, or either of them, to all and every person or persons which shall at any týme, or tymes, hereafter goe or passe to the lands and premisses hereby mentioned to be granted,

to inhabite in the same. Power to And wee do, of our further grace, certaine knowledge, make laws and ordi- and meere motion, give and grant to the said Goverdances, not nour and Companie, and their fucceffors, that it hall the laws of and may be lawfull to and for the Governour, or deputyEngland.

Governour, and such of the Asistants and Freemen of the said Companie for the tyme being as shall be al.:


sembled in any of their generall courts aforesaid, or in any other courts to be specially fummoned and affem. bled for that purpose, or the greater part of them (whereof the Governour, or deputy-Governour, and five of the Affitants, to be always seven) from tyme to tyme to make, ordaine, and establish all manner of wholesome and reasonable orders, laws, statutes, and ordinances, directions and instructions, not contrary to the lawes of this our realme of England, as well for the settling of the formes and ceremonies of government and magiftracie fitt and necessary for the said plantation and the inhabitants there, and for nameing and styling of all sorts of officers both superious and inferiour, which they shall find needful for that government and plantation, and the distinguishing and settingforth of the severall duties, powers, and limits of every such office and place, and the formes of such oathes, warrantable by the lawes and statutes of this our realme of England, as Mall be respectively ministred unto them, for the execution of the said several offices and places; as also for the disposing and ordering of the elections of such of the said officers as shall be annuall, and of such others as shall be to succeed in case of death or removal, and ministring the said oathes to the new-elected officers; and for imposition of lawful fines, mules, imprifonment, or other lawful correction, according to the course of other corporations in this our realme of England; and for the directing, ruleing, and disposeing-of all other matters and things whereby our faid people inhabiting there may be so religiously, peaceably, and civilly governed, as their good life and orderly conversation may

winne and invite the natives of that country to the knowledge and obedience of the onely true God and Saviour of mankind, and the Christian faith,





All such which in our royall intention and the adventurers free laws, published in profession is the principal end of this plantation. Willwriting

ing, commanding, and requiring, and by these presents under the

for us, our heires and fucceffors, ordaineing and apseal of the company, pointing, that all such orders, lawes, statutes and orserved and dinances, instructions and directions, as shall be made

by the Governour or deputy-Governour of the said Company, and fuch of the Amftants and Freemen as aforesaid, and published in writing under theire common feale, Thall be carefully and duely obferved, kept, performed, and putt in execution, according to the true intent and meaneing of the fame, And these our let. ters patents, or the duplicate, or exemplification, thereof, shall be, to all and every such officers, fuperiour and inferiour, from tyme to tyme, for the patting of the same orders, lawes, statutes and ordinances, instructions and directions, in due execution, against us, our heires and

fucceffors, a fufficient warrant and discharge. 'The Gover- And we do further, for us, our heirs, and successors,

and Other Comic give and grant to the said Governour and Companie,

and their fucceffors, by these presents, That all and ployed by the compa. every such chiefe commanders, captains, governours, ny in New

and other officers and minifters, as by the said orders, Ingiand shailgovern lawes, statutes, ordinances, instructions, or directions, tants thereof of the said Governour and Companie for the tyme beaccording to the said ing, shall be from tyme to tyme hereafter employed

either in the government of the said inhabitants and plantation, or in the way by sea thither or from thence, according to the natures and linits of their offices and places respectively, shall from tynie to tyme hereafter forever within the precincts and parts of New-England hereby mentioned to be granted and confirmed, or in the way by sea thither, or from thence, have full and abfolute power and authority to correct, puuish, par


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don, governe and rule all such, the subjects of us, our heirs, and successors, as shall from tyme to tyme adven. ture themselves in any voyage thither or from thence, or that shall at any tyme hereafter inhabite within the precincts and parts of New England aforesaid, according to the orders, lawes, ordinances, instructions and directions aforesaid, not being repugnant to the lawes and statutes of our realme of England as aforesaid.

And wee do further, for us, our heires, and fuccef- Power to fors, give and grant to the said Governour and Com-the officers panie, and theire fucceffors, by these presents, That it company shall and may be lawful to and for the chief comman- the premisders, governours, and officers of the said companie for ses hereby

granted, and the tyme being, who shall be resident in the said part to the oth of New-England in America by these presents granted, of the same, and others there inhabiteing, by their appointment themselves and direction from tyme to tyme and at all tymes herc-by force of

armıs against after, for their speciall defence and safety to encounter, invaders. repulse, repell, and resist, by force of arms, as well by sea as by land, and by all fitting wayes and meanies whatloever, all such person and persons as shall at any tyme hereafter attempt or enterprise the destruction, invasion, detriment, or annoyance of the said plantation or inhabitants: And to take and surprise by all wayes and meanes whatsoever all and every such person and persons, with their shipps, armour, munition, and other goods, as shall in hostile manner invade and attempt the defeatinge of the said plantation, or the hurt of the said companie and inhabitants. Neverthe

Provision less, our will and pleasure is, and we do hereby declare for the case to all Christian Kings, Princes, and States, that, if of injuries any person or persons which shall hereafter be of the by the said companie or plantation, or any other by tycense the said or appointment of the said Governour and Companie against


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others of for the tyme being, shall, at any time or times, berethe king's subjects

, or after, robb or spoyle by sea or by land, or do any hurt, the subjects violence, or unlawful hostility to any of the subjects prince or of us, our heirs, or successors, or any of the subjects

of any Prince or State being then in league and amity with us, our heirs, and succeffors, and that upon such injury done, and upon just complaint of such Prince or State, or their subjects, wee, our heires, or successors, shall make open proclamation within any of the within our realme of England commodious for that purpose, that the person or persons having committed any such robbery or spoyle, fhall, within the terme limited by such a proclamation, make full restitution or satisfaction of all such injuries done, so as the said Princes or others so complaining may hould themselves fully satisfied and contented. And that if the faid person or persons having committed such robbery or spoyle shall not make, or cause to be made, satisfaction accordingly, within such tyme so to be lymitted, that then it shall be lawful for us, our heires, and successors, to putt the said person or persons out of our allegiance and protection; and that it shall be lawful and free for all Princes to prosecute with hostility the said offenders and every of them, their, and every of their, procurers, ayders, abettors, and comforters, in that behalfe.

Provided also, and our expresse will and pleasure is, reserving to the king's and wee do, by these presents, for us, our heires and jects the

successors, ordaine and appoint, that these presents Mall right of fish. ing on the not in any manner enure, or be taken, to abridge, barre,

or hinder any of our loving fubjects whatsoever to use premisses hereby and exercise the trade of fishing upon the coasts of granted.

New-England in America by these presents mentioned to be granted: But that they, and every or any of them, shall have full and free power and liberty to



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