Page images
PDF
EPUB

the imposing of lawful and reasonable fines, mulcts imprisonments, and executing Other punishments, pecuniary and . corporal, upon offenders and delinquents, according to the. course of other corporations within this our kingdom of England: and again, to alter, revoke, annul or pardon, under their common seal, or otherwise, such fines, mulcts, imprisonments, sentences, judgments and condemnations, as shall be thought fit; and to direct, rule, order and dispose of all other matters and things, and particularly that which relates to the making of purchases of the native Indians, as to them mall seem meet; whereby our said people and inhabitants in the said Plantations may be so religiously, peaceably, and civilly governed, as that by their good life and orderly conversation they may win and invite the native Indians of the country to the knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Saviour of mankind; willing, commanding, and requiring, and by these presents, for us, our heirs, and successors, ordaining and appointing, that all such laws, statutes, orders, and ordinances, instructions, impositions, and directions, as shall be so made by the Governor, Deputy, Assistants, and freemen,or such number

of

of them as aforesaid, and published in writing under their common seal, shall be carefully and duly observed, kept, performed, and put in execution, according to the true intent and meaning of the same. And these our letters patent, or the duplicate or exemplification thereof, shall be to all and every such officers, superior or inferior, from time to time, for the putting of the same orders, laws, statutes, ordinances, instructions, and directions, in due execution against us, our heirs, and successors, a sufficient warrant and discharge. And further, our will and pleasure is, and we do hereby for us, our heirs, and successors, establish and ordain, that yearly, once in the year for ever hereafter, namely, the aforesaid Wednesday in May, and at the town of Newport or elsewhere, if urgent occasion do require, the Governor, DeputyGovernor, and Assistants of the said Company, and other officers of the said Company, or such of them as the General Assembly (hall think fit, shall be in the said General Court or Assembly, to be held from that day or time, newly chosen for the year ensuing, by the greater part of the said Company for the time being as shall.be then and there present. And if it shall happen that the present Governor,

I Deputy

Deputy-Governor, and Assistants, by these presents appointed, or any such as shall hereafter be newly chosen into their rooms, or any of them, or any other the officers of the said Company, shall die, or be removed from his or their several offices or places, before the said general day of election (whom we do hereby declare for any misdemeanour or desault to be removeable by the Governor, Assistants, and Company, or such greater part of them, in any of the said public courts to be assembled as aforesaid), that then, and in every such case, it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Governor, Deputy-Governor, Assistants, and Company aforesaid, or such greater part of them so to be assembled, as is aforesaid, in any of their assemblies, to proceed to a new election of one or more of their Company, in the room or place* rooms or places, of such officer or officers so dying or removed, according to their directions. And immediately upon and after such election or elections made of such Governor* DeputyGovernor, Assistant or Assistants, or any other officer of the said Company, in manner and form aforesaid, the authority,:office, and power before given to the former Governor, Deputy-. .-,.si-..vv :::r. .":' :; ~:?A.\ ■•:! Governor, Governor, and other officer and officers so removed, in whose stead and place new shall be chosen, shall, as to him and them, and every of them respectively, cease and determine! Provided always, and our will and pleasure is. That as well such as are by these presents appointed to be the present Governor, DeputyGovernor, and Assistants of the said Company, as those which shall succeed them, and all other officers to be appointed and chosen as aforesaid, shall, before the undertaking the execution of the said offices and places respectively, give their solemn engagement by oath or otherwise, for the due and saithful performance of their duties in their several offices and places, before such person or persons as are by these presents hereafter appointed to take and receive the same; that is to say, the said Benedict Arnold, who is herein before nominated and appointed the present Governor of the said Company, shall give the aforesaid engagement before William Brenton, or any two of the said Assistants of the said Company, unto whom we do, by these presents, give full power and authority to require and receive the same; and the said William Brenton, who is hereby before dominated and appointed the present Deputy-Gover

I 2 nor

[ocr errors]

nor of the said Company, shall give the aforesaid engagement before the said Benedict Arnold* of any two of the Assistants of the said Company, unto whom we do, by these presents, give full power and authority to require and receive the fame; and the said William Boulston, John Porter, Roger Williams, Thomas Olney, John Smith, John Greene, John Cogefhall, James Barker, William Field, and Joseph Clarke, who are herein before nominated and appointed the present Assistants of the Company, (hall give the said engagement to their offices and places respectively belonging, before the said Benedict Arnold and William Brenton, or one of them, to whom respectively we do hereby give full power and authority to require, administer, or receive the same. And further, our will and pleasure is, that all and every other future Governor, or Deputy-Governor, to bo elected and chosen by virtue of these presents, shall give. the said engagement before two or more of the said Assistants of the said Company for the time being, unto whom we do, by these presents,. give. full power and authority to require, administer, or receive the same; and the said Assistants, and ev,ery of them, and'all and every other officer or officers, to be here

after

« PreviousContinue »