Connecticut Charter, 1662
CONNECTICUT COLONY CHARTER
CHARLES THE SECOND, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, defender of the Faith, &c.; To all to whome theis presents shall come Greetinge:
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AND WEE DOE FURTHER, of our especiall grace, certeine Knowledge and meere Mocon, give and Graunt unto the said Governour and Company of the English Colony of Connecticutt in New-England in America, and their Successors, That itt shall and may bee lawful to and for the Governour, or Deputy Governour and such of the Assistants of the said Company for the tyme being as shall bee Assembled in any of the Generall Courts aforesaid, or in any Courts to be especially Sumoned or Assembled for that Purpose, or the greater parte of them, whereof the Governour or Deputy Governour and Six of the Assistants, to be all wayes Seaven. . . . And for the directing, ruleing and disposing of all other matters and things whereby our said people, Inhabitants there, may bee soe religiously, peaceably and civilly Governed as their good life and orderly Conversacon may wynn and invite the Natives of the Country to the knowledge and obedience of the onely true God and Saviour of mankind, and the Christian faith, which in our Royall intencons and the Adventurers free profession is the onely and principall end of this Plantacon; WILLING, Commanding and requireing, and by these presents, for us, our heires and Successors, Ordaineing and appointeing.
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IN WITNES whereof, we have caused these our Letters to be made Patent; WITNES our Selfe, att Westminister, the three and Twentieth day of Aprill, in the Fowerteenth yeare of our Reigne.
By writt of Privy Seale
Source: The Federal and State Constitutions, Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the United States 252-57 (Ben Berley Poore ed., 2d ed. 1878).