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signes for ever To their sole and propper vse and proffitt for ever And Whereas furthermore the said late King Charles the First by his said Letters Patents for himselfe his heires and Successors did giue and grant to them the said S' Henry Rosewell Si John Young S' Richard Saltonstall Thomas Southcott John Humfrey John Endecott Symon Whetcombe Isaac Johnson Samuell Aldersey John Ven Mathew Cradock George Harwood Increase Nowell Richard Perry Richard Bellingham Nathaniell Wright Samuell Vassall Theophilus Eaton Thomas Goffe Thomas Adams John Browne Samuell Browne Thomas Hutchins Wm Vassall Wm Pinchion and George Foxcroft their heires and Assignes All that part of New England in America which lyes and extends betweene the said River called Monomack River als Merriemack River and the said River there called Charles River being in the bottome of the said Bay called Massachusetts als Mattachusetts als Massatusetts Bay And also all and singular those Lands and hereditaments whatsoever lyeing within the space of three English miles on the Southerne part of the said River called Charles River, or any or every part thereof, And also all and singular those Lands and hereditaments Whatsoever lyeing and being within the space of Three English miles to the South on the most Southerly part of the said Bay called Massachusetts als Mattachusetts als Massatusetts Bay And also all those Lands and hereditaments whatsoever which lye or are within the space of Three English miles to the north of the said River called Monomack als Merriemack or to the north of any and every part thereof And also all Lands and hereditaments whatsoever lyeing within the lymitts aforesaid to the north and south in breadth and length of and within all the said breadth through the Continent there from the Atlantick and Westerne Sea and Ocean upon the Easterne part to the South Sea upon the Westerne part and all Lands place and places Soyle Woods and Woodgrounds Bayes Rivers Waters and hereditaments whatsoever lyeing within the said bounds and lymitts and every part and parcell thereof. To haue and to hold possesse and enjoy the said premisses to them the said S Henry Rosewell s' John Young Si Richard Saltonstall Tho. Southcott John Hum

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phrey John Endecott Symon Whetcombe Isaac Johnson Samuell Aldersey John Ven Mathew Cradock George Harwood Increase Nowell Richard Perry Richard Belling. ham Nathaniell Wright Samuell Vassall Theophilus Eaton Thomas Goffe Thomas Adams John Browne Samuell Browne Thomas Hutchins William Vassall William Pinchion and George Foxcroft their heires and Assignes for ever to their propper vse and behoofe for ever And Juhereas also the said late king Charles the first Our most deare Father for the support of the Royall Authority of him his heires and Successors within the lymitts and bounds aforesaid in New England in America aforesaid and to the intent that the affaires and business which from time to time should happen touching the Lands and Plan. tacon aforesaid might be the better Ordered Did give grant and confirme by his said Letters Patents to the said Š Henry Rosewell Sp John Young S Richard Saltonstall Thomas Southcott John Humphrey John Endecott Symon Whetcombe Isaac Johnson Samuell Aldersey John Ven Mathew Cradock George Harwood Increase Nowell Richard Perry Richard Bellingham Nathaniell Wright Samuell Vassall Theophilus Eaton Thomas Goffe Thomas Adams John Browne Samuell Browne Thomas Hutchins Wm Vassall W Pinchion and George Foxcroft, And for himselfe his heires and Successors Did will and Order that they the said S' Henry Rosewell S+ John Young S Richard Saltonstall Thomas Southcott John Humphry John Endecott Symon Whetcombe Isaac Johnson Samuell Aldersey John Ven Mathew Cradock George Harwood Increase Nowell Richard Perry Richard Bellingham Nathaniell Wright Samuell Vassall Theophilus Eaton Thomas Goffe Thomas Adams John Browne Samuell Browne Thomas Hutchins Wm Vassall Wm Pinchion and George Foxcroft and all such others who should then after be admitted and made free of the Company therein menconed from time to time and att all times then after should by virtue thereof be one body Corporate and Politique in Deed and name By the name of the Governor and Company of ye Mattachusetts Bay in New England And them by the name of the Governor and Company of the Mattachusetts Bay in New England one body politiq and Corporate in Deed Fact and

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name for him his heires & Successors Did make Ordaine Constitute and appoint by the said Lres Patents And that by that name they should haue perpetuall Succession And that by the same name they and their Successors should be capable and able as well to plead & be impleaded and prosecute to demand and answere and be answered in all and singular suites Causes Complaints and Accons of what kind or nature soever And also to haue take possesse acquire and purchase any Lands Tenements or hereditaments or any Goods or Chattells, and the same to grant Demise alien bargaine sell and dispose as any of his Subjects of this Kingdome of England or any other Corporacon or Body pollitique thereof might lawfully doe And furthermore that the said Governor & Company should alwaies haue a Comon seale to be vsed in all Causes and on all occasions of the said Company and alter change break and make a new the same from time to time att their pleasure_ And furthermore the said late king Charles ye First by the same Letters Patents for himselfe his heires & Successo" did order and grant That from thenceforth there should be one Governo' One Deputy Governor and eighteene Assistants of the said Company from time to time to be Constituted elected and selected out of the Freemen of the same Company for the time being in such manner and forme as therein was afterwards exprest Which Officers should apply themselues to take care for the best Disposicon and Ordering of the generall business and Affaires of for and concerning the said Lands and premisses thereby menconed to be granted and the Plantacon there and Governing of the People there And for the better Execucon of his Royall Will and Grant upon that Accof the said late King Charles the First Did thereby name ordaine make and constitute the said Mathew Cradock to be the first and then present Governor of the said Company, And the sa Thomas Goffe Deputy Governor And the said Si Richard Saltonstall Isaac Johnson Samuell Aldersey John Ven John Humfrey John Endicott Symon Whetcombe Increase Nowell Richard Perry Nathaniell Wright Samuel Vassall Theophilus Eaton Thomas Adams Thomas Hutchins John Browne George Foxcroft W Vassall and Wm Pinchion to be then

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p'sent Assistants of the same Company To continue in the said severall places respectively for such time and in such manner as in and by the said Letters Patents was after declared and appointed_And furthermore the said late king Charles the First thereby for himselfe his heires and Successors Ordained and granted that the Governor of the said Company for the time being or in his absence by occasion of sickness or otherwise the Deputy Governor for the time being should haue authority from time to time upon all occasions to give Order for the assembling of the said Company and to call them together to Consult and advise of the businesse and affaires of the said Company And that the said Governor Deputy Governor and Assistants for the time being should once in every moneth or oftner if they pleas'd assemble and hold and keepe a Court or Assembly of themselues for the better Ordering and direccon of their Affaires And that any seaven or more of ye Assistants together with the Governor or Deputy Governor soe assembled should be called taken held and reputed to be a full and sufficient Court or Assembly of the said Company for the debating Ordering and dispatch of all such Businesses and occurrences which from time to time should happen touching or concerning the said Company or Plantacon And that should be held by the Governor Deputy Governor and seaven or more of ye Assistants of the said Company for the time being upon every last Wednesday in the Termes of Hillary, Easter Trinity and Michaell respectively forever One great generall and solemne Assembly, Which fower Generall Assemblyes should be called the Foure great and generall Courts of the said Company In all and every or any of wch said Great Generall Courts soe assembled the said late king Charles the First for him his heires and Successors did thereby Give and grant to the said Governor and Company and their Successors That the Governor or in his absence the Deputy Governor of the said Company for the time being and such Assistants and Freemen thereof who should be present or the greater number of them so assembled (whereof the Governor or Deputy Governor and six Assistants att the least should be seaven) should haue full power and authority to elect, name, & appoint such and

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so many others whome they should think convenient and who would be willing to accept thereof to be Freemen of the said Company and Body and admitt them thereto and to elect and constitute other Officers whome they should think convenient and requisite for the Ordering Treating and Dispatch of the affaires of the said Governor and Company and their Successors and to make Laws and Ordinances for the good and safety of the said Company and for the Governing and Ordering of the said Lands and Plantacon and of the People then inhabitting and to inhabitt there as to them from time to tyme should be thought convenient so that such Lawes & Ordinances should not be contrary or repugnant to the Laws and Statutes of this Kingdome of England And whereas the said late King Charles the first by his said Letters Patents for him his heires and Successors had established and Ordained That once in every Yeare yearely for ever (to witt) in the last Wednesday in Easter Terme yearely, The Governor Deputy Governor and Assistants of the said Company and all other Officers thereof should be a new elected in the generall Court or Assembly to be held for that Day and time for the Yeare ensueing by such major part of the said Company for the time being then and there present as aforesaid And if itt should happen that the then present Governor Deputy Governor and Assistants by the said Letters Patents appointed or such who then after should be new chosen in their places or any

of them or any other Officers to be appointed for the said Company Dye or be removed from his or their severall Offices or places before the said Generall day of Eleccon wch the said late King Charles the first by the said Letters Patents Declared for any misdemeanor or default should be removed by the Governor Deputy Governor Assistants and Company or such major part of them to be assembled in any publique Court as aforesaid That then and in every such case it should and might be lawfull' to and for the Governor Deputy Governor Assistants and Company aforesaid or such major part of them soe to be assembled as aforesaid in any their Assemblyes to proceed to a new eleccon of one or more others of their Company into the place or places of such Officer or Officers so dyeing or

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