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The CHARTER granted by His Majesty King

CHARLES the Second, &ci
HARL ÉS the Second, by the Grace of GOD, KING of
England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c.

To all to whom there Presents shall come, GREETING. Whereas by the feveral Navigations, Discoveries, and Successful Plantations of divers of Our loving Subjects of this Our Realm of England, several Lands, Isands, Places, Colonies, and Plantations have been obtained and settled in that part of the Continent of America called New-England, and thereby the Irade and Conimerce there, barb been of late Years much increased : And whireas We have 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 Wolcott, John Talcott, Daniel Clarke, John Ogden, Thomas Wells, Obadiah Bruen, John Clarke, Anthony Hawkins, John Deming, and Matthew Canfieid, being Persons principally interested in Our Colony or Plantation of Connecticut, in New-England, that the same Colony, or the greatest part thereof was Purchased and Obtained for great and valuable Considerations, and some other Part thereof gained by Conquest, and with much dificulty, and at ihe only Endeavours, Expence, and Charges of them and their Associates, and those under whone ibey Claim, Subdued, and Improved, and thereby become a confiderable Enlargement and Audition of Our Dominions and Intereft there. Now Know YE, That in Consideration thereof, and in Regard the faid 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, and are graciously Pleased to create and make them a Body Politick and Corporate, with the the corporaPowers and Privileges herein after mentioned ; and accordingly Our Will tion conftitua and Pleasure is, and of our especial Grace, certain Knowlege, and meer Motion, 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 Malon, Samuel Wyllys

, Henry Clarke, the patens Matthew Allyn, John Tapping, Nathan Gold, Richard Treat, Richard Lord, tees. Henry Wolcott, John Talcott, Daniel Clarki, John Ogden, Thomas Wells, Obadiab Bruen, John Clarke, Anthony Hawkins, Jobn Deming, and Mattheco 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, Thail from Time to Time, and for ever hereafter, be One Body The name 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 ; and that by the same Name chey and their Succeffors 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, to

to 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 Hereditaments, or any Goods, or Chattels, and the same to leale, grant, demise, alien, To purchasa

lands, &c. bargain, sell, and dispose of, as other Our liege People of this Our Realm of England, or any other Corporation or Body Politick within the same may To have a lawfully do. And further, That the said Governor and Company, and common feat, their Successors, shall and may for ever hereafter hare a Common Scal, to and to alter serve and vse for all Causes, Matters, Things, and Affairs whatsoever, of & change itá 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

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