Colonial America Collage 3

Grant of the Province of Maine – 1639

CHARLES by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith, &c

To all to whom theise Presents shall come Greeting Whereas Sir Ferdinando Gorges Knight hath been an humble suitor unto us to graunte and confirme unto him and his heires a parte and porcon of the Countrie of America now commonly called or knowne by the name of New England in America in theise Presents hereafter described by the meets and bounces thereof with divers and sundrie priviledges and jurisdiccons for the welfare and good of the state of those Colonies that shalbee drawne thither and for the better governement of the people that shall live and inhabite within the lymits and precints thereof whiche parse or porcon of the said Countrie wee have heretofore (amongst other things) for us our heires and successors taken into actuall and reall possession or in defaulte of such actuall and reall possession formerly taken Wee Doe by theise Presents for us our heires and successors take the same into our actuall and reall possession Knowe yee therefore that of our especiall grace certaine knowledge and meere mocon Wee Have given graunted and confirmed And by these Presents for us our- heires and successors Doe give graunte and confirme unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee All that Parte Purparte and Porcon of the Mayne Lande of New England aforesaid beginning att the entrance of Pascataway Harbor and soe to passe upp the same into the River of Newichewanocke and through the same unto the furthest heade thereof and from thence Northwestwards till one hundred and twenty miles bee finished and from Pascataway Harbor mouth aforesaid Northeastwards along the Sea Coasts to Sagadahocke and upp the River thereof to Kynybequy River and through the same unto the heade thereof and into the Lande Northwestwards untill one hundred and twenty myles bee ended being accompted from the mouth of Sagadahocke and from the period of one hundred and twenty myles aforesaid to crosse over Lande to the one hundred and twenty myles end formerly reckoned upp into the Lande from Pascataway Harbor through Newichewanocke River and alsoe the Northe halfe of the Isles of Shoales togeather with the Isles of Capawock and Nawlican neere Cape Cod as alsoe all the Islands and Iletts lyeinge within five leagues of the Mayne all alonge the aforesaide Coasts betweene the aforesaid River of Pascataway and Sedahocke with all the Creekes Havens and Harbors thereunto belonginge and the Revercon and Revercons Remaynder and Remaynders of all and singular the said Landes Rivers and Premisses All which said Part Purpart or Porcon of the Mayne Lande and all and every the Premisses herein before named Wee Doe for us our heires and successors-create and incorporate into One Province or Countie

And Wee Doe name ordeyne and appoynt that the porcon of the Mayne Lande and Premises aforesaide shall forever hereafter bee called The Province or Countie of Mayne and not by any other name or names whatsoever with all and singuler the Soyle and Grounds thereof as well drye as covered with waters and all Waters Portes Havens and Creekes of the Sea and Inletts of the said Province of Mayne and Premisses as to them or any of them belonginge or adjacent as alsoe all Woodes Trees Lakes and Rivers within the said Provynce of Mayne and Premisses or Lymitts of the same togeather with the Fisheing of whatsoever kinde as well Pearle as Fishe as Whales Sturgeons or any other either in the Sea or Rivers and alsoe All Rovaltyes of Hawkeing Hunting Fowleing Warren and Chases within tIhe said Province of Mayne and Premisses aforesaid Deere of all sorts and all other Beasts and Fowles of Warren and Chase and all other Beasts there and alsoe All Mynes and Oare of Goulde Silver Precious Stones Tynne Leade Copper Sulphure Brimstone or any other Mettall or Mynerall matter whatsoever within the said Province and Premisses or any of them opened or hidden and all Quarries there And all Gould Pearle Silver Precious Stones and Ambergreece whiche shalbee founde within the said Province and Premisses fir any of them and the Lymitts and Coasts of the same or any of them or any parse of them or any of them and all and singular other Proffitts Benefitts and Commodityes groweing comeing accrueing or happening or to be had perceived or taken within the said Province and Premisses Lymitts and Coasts of the same or any of them and alsoe All Patronages and Advowsons Free Disposicons and Donacons of all and every such Churches and Chappells as shalbee made and erected within the said Province and Premisses or any, of them with full power lycense and authority to builde and erecte or cause to be builte and erected soe many Churches and Chappells there as to the said Sir Ferdinando Gorges his heires and assignee shall seeme meete and convenient and to dedicate and consecrate the same or cause the same to bee dedicated and consecrated according to the Ecclesiastical Lawes of this our Realme of England togeather with all and singuler and as large and ample Rights Jurisdiccons Priviledges Prerogatives Royalties Liberties Immunityes Franchises Preheminences and Hereditaments as well by Sea as by Lande within the said Province and Premisses and the Precincts and Coasts of the same or any of them and within the Seas belonging or adjacent to them or any of them as the Bishopp of Durham within the Bishopricke; or Countie Palatine of Duresme in our Kingdome of England now hath useth or enjoyeth or of right tree ought to have use or enjoye within the said Countie Palatine as if the same were herein particulerly menconed and expressed

To have and to houlde possesse and enjoye the said Province and Premisses and every of them and all and singular other the Premisses before by theise Presents graunted or menconed or intended to bee graunted with theire and everye of theire rights members and appurtenances unto the said Sir Ferdinando Gorges his heires and assignee and To the sole and only use of the said Sir Ferdinando Gorges his heires and assignee forever To bee houlden of us our heires and successors as of the Mannor of East Greenwich in the Countie of Kent by Fealty onely in fee and common Soccage and not in Capite nor in Knights Service for all manner of service whatsoever Yieldeing and Paveing therefore yearely to us our heires and successors one Quarter of Wheate And alsoe Yieldeing and Payeing to us our heires and successors the fifte parse of the cleere yearely proffitt of our Royall Mynes of Goulde and Silver that from tyme to tyme and aft all tymes hereafter shalbee there gotten and obteyned (if any suche shalbee there founde) and the fifte parse of all Goulde and Silver founde uppon the Sea Shoare or in Rivers or elsewhere within the bounces and lymitts of the said Province and Premisses and the fifte parse of the cleere yearely proffitt of Pearle Fisheing And Wee Doe for us our heirs and successors further Graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee forever All Treasure Trove Goodes and Chattells of Felons and Felons themselves Waifes Estraves Pyrats Goodes Deodands Fynes and Amerciaments of all the Inhabitants and others happening groweinge or ariseing in the said Province and other the Premisses or any part thereof or in any Voyage or Passage to or from the same aswoh for Odences committed against our selfe our heires and successors or thinges concerninge our selfe our heires or successors or our profit as against others or thinges concerninge others or the proffitts of others and all and all manner of Wrecks of Shipps or Merchandize and all that which to wrecks belongeth by what means soever happening within or uppon the Havens Coasts Creeks or Shoares of the Premisses or any parse thereof And Wee Doe for us our heires and successors create ordeyne and constitute the said Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee the true and absolue Lords and Proprietors of all and every the aforesaid Province of Mayne and Premisses aforesaid and all and every the Lymitts and Coasts thereof Saveing always the faith and allegiance and the Supreame Dominion due to us our heires and successors

And for the better governement of such our Subjects and others as att any tyme shall happen to dwell or reside within the said Province skid Premisses or passe to or from the same our will and pleasure is hat the Religion nowe professed in the Church of England and Ecclesiasticall Governement nowe used in the same shalbee forever hereafter professed and with asmuch convenient speede as may bee setled and established in and throughout the said Province and Premisses and every of them And Wee Doe for us our heires and successors of theise Presents give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee power and authority with the assent of the greater parse of the Freeholders of the said Province and Premisses for the tyme being (when there shalbee any) whoe are to bee called thereunto from tyme to tyme when and as often as it shalbee requisite to make ordeyne and publish Lawes Ordinances and Constitucons reasonable and not repugnant or contrary but agreeable (as neere as conveniently may bee) to the Lawes of England for the publique good of the said Province and Premisses and of the Inhabitants thereof by imposeing of penaltyes imprisonments or other coneccons (or if the offence shall require) by takeing away of life or member the said Lawes and Constitucons to extend as well to such as shalbee passing unto or returning from the said Province and Premisses as unto the Inhabitants and Residents of or within the same and the same to bee put in execucon by the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee or by his or theire Deputies Lieuetenants Judges Officers or Ministers in that behalfe lawfully authorized and the same Lawes Ordinances and Constitucons or any of them to alter change revoke or make voyde and to make new not repugnant nor contrary but agreeable as neere as may bee to the Lawes of England as the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee togeather with the said Freehoulders or the greater parse of them for the tyme being shalbee from tyme to tyme thought fitt and convenient

And Wee Doe further by theise Presents for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee full power and authoritie and that itt shal and may bee lawefull to and for him the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee to erect Courtes of Justice aswell ecclesiasticall as civill and temporall whatsoever and to appoynt and constitute from tvme to tyme Judges Justices Magistrates and Officers as well of the said Courte and (]ourtes of Justice as otherwise aswell by Sea as by Lande for the hearing and determining of all manner of Causes whatsoever within and concerning the said Province and Premisses or any of them or the Inhabitants or Residents there and Passengers to or from the same aswell by Lande as bv Sea and to order and appoynt what matters and thinges shalbee heard determyned done or ordered in anie of the said Courtes or by any of the said Judges Magistrates and officers with such power and in such forme as it shall seeme good to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee. And the said .Judges Justices Magistrates and Officers and every or any of them from time to time to displace and remove when the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee shall thinke fitt and to place others in theire roomes and steed And that the Inhabitants and Residents within the said Province and Premisses and Passengers to and from the same may within fortie days after sentence given in the said Courtes (where appeales in like Courtes within this Kingdome are admitted) appeale to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee or his or theire generall Governour or Chiefe Deputie of the said Province or Premisses for the tyme being To whome Wee Doe by these Presents for us our heires and successors give full power and authoritie to proceede in such Appeals as in like case of Appeales within this our Realme of England And Wee Doe further for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando. Gorges his heires and assignee full power and authoritie to pardon emits and release all offences and offendors within the said Province and Premisses against all every or any the said Lawes Ordynances or Constitucons and to doe all and singular other thinges unto the execucon of Justice apperteyning in any Courte of Justice according to the forme and manner of proceeding in such Courtes to be used althougrh in these our Letters Patents there bee noe particular mencon of the same

But Wee Doe nevertheles hereby signifie and declare our will and pleasure to bee the powers and authorities hereby given to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee for and concerning the Government both Ecclesiasticall and Civill within the said Province and Premisses shalbee subordynate and subject to the power and reglement of the Lords and other Commissioners here for forraigne Plantacons for the tyme being but for all and whatsoever doth shall or maye concerne the proprietie of the said Province Partes and Coastes of the same or any of them or any Owner Shipp or Interest in any Landes Tenements or other Hereditaments Goodes or Chattells or the nomynateing or appoynting of any Officer or Officers the same is lefte whollie to the said.Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee according to the tenor intent and true meaning of theise Presents And because such Assemblies of Freehoulders for makeing of Lawes cannot alwayes bee soe suddenly called as there may bee occasion to require the same Wee Doe therefore for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assigns full power and authoritie that tree the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee by him and themselves or by his or theire Deputies Magistrates or Officers in that behalfe lawfully constituted shall or maye from tyme to tyme make and ordeyne fitt and wholesome Ordinances within the said Province or Premisses aforesaid to bee kepte and established as well for the keepeing of the peace as for the better governement of the people there abideing or passing to or from the same and to publishe the same to all to whome itt maye appertain and concerne which Ordinances Wee Doe for us our heires and successors straightly comand to bee inviolably observed within the said Province and Premisses under the penaltie therein expressed soe as the same Ordinances bee reasonable and not repugnant or contrary but as neere as may bee agreeable to the Lawes and Statutes of our Kingdome of England and soe as the same Ordinances doe not extend to the bindeing chargeing or takeing away of the right or interest of any person or persons in theire lives members Freehoulds Goodes or Chattells whatsoever

And because in a Country soe farr distant and seated amongst see many barbarous nations the Intrusions or Invasions aswell of the barbarous people as of Pirates and other enemies maye be justly feared Wee Doe therefore for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee full power and authoritie that hee the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee aswell by him and themselves as by his and theire Deputyes Captaynes or other Officers for the tyme being shall or lawfullye maye muster leavie rayse armes and ymploye all person and persons whatsoever inhabiteing or resideing within the said Province or Premisses for the resisting or withstanding of such Enymies or Pyrates both att Lande and aft Sea and such Enimies or Pyrates (if occasion shall require) to pursue and prosecute out of the lymitts of the said Province or Premisses and then (if itt shall soe please God) to vanquishe apprehends and take and being taken either according to the Lawe of armes to kill or to keepe and preserve them aft their pleasure And likewise by force of armes to recover from any person or persons all such Territories Domynions Landes Places Goods Chattels and Wares which hereafter shalbee taken from the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee or from his or theire Deputyes Officers or Servants or from any the Plantors Inhabitants or Residents of or within the said Province or Premisses or from any other Members Aydors or Assistors of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee or from any other the subjects of us our heires and successors or others in amitie with us our heires and successors in the said Province and Premisses and Coasts or any of them or in theire passage to or from the same And bite Doe further for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee in case any Rebellion sudden tumult or mutynie shall happen to arise either uppon the said Lande within the said Province and Premisses or any of them or Coastes of the same or uppon the mayne Sea in passing thither or returning from thence or in any such expedicon or service as aforesaid itt shall and may be lawefull to and for the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee as well by him and themselves as by his and theire deputies Captaynes or other Officers under his or theire scale in that behalfe to bee authorized (to whome wee alsoe for us our heires and successors doe give and graunte full power and authoritye to doe and execute the same) to use and execute martial lawe against such Rebells Traytors Mutyners and Seditious Persons in as ample manner and forme as anie Captayne Generall in the Warrs or as any Lieuetennante or Lieuetennants of any Gountie within this our Realme of England by vertue of his or theire Office or Place maie or have beene accustomed in tyme of Warre Rebellion or Mutynie to doe and performe

And Wee Doe for us our heires and successors further give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee and to all and every Commander Governour Officer Minister Person and Persons which shall by the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee bee thereunto authorized or appoynted leavo lycense and power to erect rayse and builde from time to tyme in the Province Territories and Coastes aforesaid and every or any of them such and soe manic Forts Fortresses Platforms Castles Citties Townes and Villages and all Fortificacons whatsoever and the same and everie of them to fortifie and furnishe with men Ordynances men Powder Shott Armour and all other Weapons Munition and Habillments of Warr both for defence and ofience whatsoever as to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heirs and assignee and everie or anie of them shall seeme meete and convenient And likewise to commits from tyme to tyme the Government Custody and defence thereof unto such person and persons as to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee shall seeme meete and to the said severall Citties Borroughes and Townes to graunte Letters or Charters of Incorporacons with all Libertyes and thinges belonging to the same and in the said severall Cittyes Boroughes and Townes to constitute suche and so manic Marketts Marts and Fayres and to graunte such meete Tolles Customes Dutyes and Priviledges to or with the same as by the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee shalbee thought fitt And for that Plantacons are subjecte to diverse difficulties and discommodities Therefore Wee favouring the present beginning of the said Plantacon and haveing a provident care that those wlloe are grieved in one thing may bee releived in another Doe of our especiall grace certeyne knowledge and meere mocon for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee and to all other our subjects the Dwellers or Inhabitants that shall att any tyme hereafter bee the Plantors of or in the said Province or any of the Premisses free Lycense and Libertie for the landeing bringeing in and unladeing or otherwise disposeing of all the Wares Merchandize Proffitts and Comodities of the said Province or any the Premisses both by sea and lance either by themselves or theire Servants Factors or Assignes in any of the Portes of us our heires and successors within our Kingdomes of England and Ireland payeing onely such Customes Subsidies and Dutyes as our naturall subjects of this our Realme of England shall or ought to paye and none other and to have and enjoye all such Liberties Freedomes and Privyledges for or concerneing the exporting of the same agayne without payement of any more Customes or Dutyes and for having agayne of Imposts in such manner and in the like beneficiall sorte as any of our naturall borne subjects of this our Realme shall then have and enjoye And Wee Doe alsoe for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee full and absolute power and authoritie to make erect and appoynt within the said Province and Premisses such and soe many Portes Havens Creekes and other Places for the ladeing and unladeing of Shippes Barques and other Vessells and in such and soe many places and to appoynt such Rights Jurisdiccons Priviledges and Libertyes unto the said Portes Havens and Creekes belonging as to him or them shall seeme meete and that all and singular Shippes Boyes Barques and other Vessels to bee laden and unladen in any way of Merchandize shalbee laden or unladen aft such Portes Havens or Creekes soe by the aforesaid Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee to be erected and appoynted and not elsewhere within the said Province Premisses and Coastes and to appoynt what reasonable Tolles shalbee paid for the same and the same Tolles to receive take and enjoye to the behoof of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee to his and theire use without accompte to bee therefore made to us our heirs or successors any use costume matter or thinge to the contrary thereof notwitllstandinge Saveing allwayes to all our Subjects of our Kingdome of England Libertie of Fisheing aswell in the sea as in the Creekes of the said Province and Premisses aforesaid and the Priviledge of Salteing and dryeing of theire Fishe and Dryeing of theire nests a Shoare of the said Province and any the Premisses any thinge to the contrary thereof notwithstanding which said Liberties and Priviledges our pleasure is that the said subjects of us our heires and successors shall enjoye without any noteable dammage or injurie to bee done to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee or the Inhabitants of the said Province or any of the Premisses or in any of the said Portes Creekes or Shoares aforesaid but chiefly in the Wooden there groweing

And Wee doe further for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignes full power and authoritie to divide all or ante parse of the Territories hereby graunted or menconed to bee graunted es aforesaid into Proviinces Counties Citties Townes Hundreds and Parishes or such other parses or porcons as tree or they shall thinke fitt and in them every or any of them to appoynt and allots out such porcons of Lande for publiqlle uses Ecclesiasticall and Temporall of what kinde soever and to distribute graunte assigne and sett over such particular porcons of the said Territories Comities Landes and Premisses unto such our subjects or the subjects of any other State or Prince then in amytie with us our heires or successors for such estates and in such manner and forme as to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee shall seeme meete and convenient and the said person and persons according to the said Estate and Estates soe assigned and graunted to have and enjoye the same and to make erect and ordeyne in and uppon the said Province and Premisses or in and uppon any of them or any parse or parcell of them soe many severall and distincte Mannors as to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee from tyme to tyme shall seeme meete and to the same severall Mannors to assigne lymitts and to appoynt soe much lance distinctely and severallie for demeasne Landes of the said severall Mannors and every of them as to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee shall and may seeme necessary and flit and the said Mannors or any of them to call by such name and names as the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heirs and assignee shall please the said Mannors to bee houlden of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee by such services and Rents as to him or them shall seeme neete And alsoe that the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee shall and may att theire pleasure graunte in freehoulde soemuch of the said demeasne Landes Tenements and Hereditaments belonging or to bee belonging unto any of the said Mannors to any person or persons theire heires or assignee for and under such rentes and services as to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee shalbee thought fitt to bee houlden of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee as of the said Mannors or any of them respectively the Acte of Parliament made and enacted in the eighteenth yeare of King Edward the First commonly called (Quiz Emptores Terrarum) or any other Statute whatever or any other matter or thinge whatsoever to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstandinge.

And that the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee shall have houlde and keepe within the said severall Mannours soe to bee erected suche and soe many Courtes aswell Courte Leetes as Courtes Barons as to our Lawes and Statutes of England shalbee agreeable And Wee Doe further for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee for ever all Admirall Rights Benefitts Jurisdiccons and likewise all Priviledges and Commodities to the said Admirall Jurisdiccon in any wise belonging or apperteyning in and uppon the Seas Rivers and Coastes of or belonging to the said Province and Premisses or every or any of them or to the same adjoyneina within twentie leagues of the said Province and Premisses of any of them and in and uppon all other Rivers and Creekes thereof And likewise power to heare and determine all manner of Pleas for and concerning the same Saveing allwayes to us our heires and successors and to the Lord High Admirall of England for the tyme being of us our heires and successors all and all manner of Jurisdiccon Rights Powers Benefitts and authorities whatsoever incident or belonging to the said office of Admirall which itt shalbee lawfull from tyme to tyme to us our heires or successors or the Lord High Admirall of England for the tyme being to have use and- exercise within the said Province and Premisses and the Seas and Rivers thereof or within twentie leagues of the same as aforesaid when wee shall thinke fitt And Wee Doe for us our heires and successors give and graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee full power and authoritie aft any time or times hereafter by him or themselves or by his or theire Deputies to administer reasonable oathes to all Judges Justices Magistrates and other officers whatsoever by the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee his or theire deputyes to be elected att the eleccon of them to theire severall offices and places or within convenient time after And alsoe that tree the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee shall have full power and authoritie aswell by him and themselves as by his or their deputie or other Chiefe Magistrate or Officer by him or them to bee in that behalfe appointed to give and administer reasonable oathes to all or any person or persons of what degree or qualitie soever imployed or to be ymployed in or about the said Province Premisses and Territories aforesaid or anie of them or in or about the coasts of the same And likewise to all or any Inhabitants and others that shalbee or remayne within the said Province and Premises of them for the true and faithfull execucon and performaunce of theire severall charges and places or for the exaiacon and cleareing the truth and likewise for the Informacon and better direccon of his and theire judgments in any matter or cause whatsoever concerning the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee or any Inhabitant member or l’erson belonging or repavring unto the said Province and Premisses or any of them or any parse of them find in all causes Accons Suits and Debates thereto bee begun and prosecuted as the nature of the cause shall require And further of our more espeaciall grace certeyne knowledge and meere mocon Wee Doe hereby for us our heires and successors graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee that itt shall and may bee lawfull to and for the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee and every of them from tyme to tyme to sett to Sea such and soe many Shipps Pinnaces Barges Boates and other Vessells as shalbee thought flit by the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee prepared and furnished with Ordinances Artillery Powder Shott Victualls Municon or other Weapons or Abiliments of War aswell invasive as defensive in warlike manner or otherwise and with such number of Men Weomen and Children as the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee shall thinke fitt such voyage into the said islands and Places or any parse thereof aswell for the Plantacon and Fortificacon as otherwise And that these Presents shalbee a sufficient Lycense and Wrarrant for any person or persons that shalbee by him or them sent and employed thither to goe bevonde the Seas and in that manner soe as the persons soe to bee shipped sent or transported as aforesaid bee not such as are or for the tyme being shalbee prohibited by Proclamacon of us our heirs or successors or by any order or orders of the Lords or others Commissioners for Forraigne Plantacons for the tyme being

And Wee Doe for us our heires and successors further graunte to and with the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee that onely hee the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee and his and theire Factors Agents and such as shalbee imployed sent lycensed or allowed by him or them and noe other person or persons whatsoever excepte before excepted shall repayre or goe into the said Province of Mayne and Premisses aforesaid and the places within the lymitts and coasts thereof or any of them to dwell inhabite or abide there nor have use or enjoye the libertie use and priveledges of trade or traffique unto in or from the said Province and Premisses or any of them or buying selling bartering or e:schangeing for or with any Wares Goodes or Merchanndizes there whatsoever And likewise that itt shall and may bee lawfull to and for the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee and for all and every other person and persons that shalbe lycensed or allowed bv the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee from henceforth and at all other tymes and from tyme to tyme after the date of these our Letters Patents according to the orders and constitucons of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee not being repugnant to our Proclamacons and Orders of the Lords and others our Commissioners as aforesaid to take convey carrie and transport for and towards the Plantacon of the said Province and Premisses or any of them or to bee used there or in the passage thither or returning from thence and there to leave abide and inhabits such and soe many of our loveing subjects or any other Strangers that shal become our subjects and live under our alleagiance as shall willingly transport themselves or bee transported thither and that such our subjects or Strangers may togeather with theire persons send carrie or convey thither aswell Shipping Armour Weapons Ordinance Municon Powder Shott and Habiliments of Warr as Victualls Canyas Lynnen Woollen Cloath Tooles Ymplements Furniture Swine and Pullen Goodes Wares and Merchandizes of- all kinder and sortes whatsoever fitt and necessary for the foode lyvelyhood habitacon apparrell or Defence of our subjects which shall there inhabite and bee and all other Wares Merchandizes and Goods whatsoever not prohibited by the Lawes or Statutes of this our Kingdome payeing customer and other duties as other our subjects doe in such cases And of our further Royall favour Wee have graunted And by these Presents for us our heires and successors Wee Doe graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee that the aforesaid Province Rivers and Places hereby before menconed to bee graunted or any of them shall not bee traded in or unto nor inhabited bv any of the subjects of us our heires and successors without the speaciall lycense of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee And therefore Wee Doe hereby for us our heires and successors charge and command prohibite and forbidd all the subjects of us our heires and successors of what degree qualitie or condicon soever they bee that none of them directlie or indirectlie presume to trade or adventure to traffique into or from nor to inhabite or abide in the said Province of Mayne Island Dominion and Places hereby menconed or intended to bee graunted or any of them other then the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee and his and theire deputies and factors unless itt bee with the license and consent of the said Fardinando Gorge his heires and assignee first had and obtevned in that behalf in writeinge under his or theire hands and scales under payee of our idignacon and alsoe of suche penaltyes punishments as by the Lawes and Ordinances of the said Sir Fardinand Gorges his heires and assignee to bee made in that behalfe shalbee appoynted.

And Wee Doe further for us our heires and successors graunte unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee that all and every the persons being the subjects of us our heires and successors which shall goe or inhabite within the said Province and Premisses or any of them and all and everie the.children and posteritie discending of English Scottish or Irish Parents which shall happen to be borne within the same or uppon the seas in passing thither or from thence from henceforth ought to bee and shalbee taken and reputed to bee of the alleagiance of us our heires and successors and shalbee and soe shalbee forever hereafter esteemed to bee the naturall borne subjects of us our heires and successors and shall bee able to pleade and bee ympleaded end shell have power and bee able to take by discent purchase or otherwise Landes Tenements and Hereditaments and shall have and injoy all Liberties Francheses and Immunityes of or belonging to any the naturall borne subjects of this our Kingdome of England within this our Kingdome and within all other of our Domynions to all intents and purposes as if they had beene abydeing and borne within this our Kingdome or any other of our Dominions find Wee Doe further for us our heires and successors give full poorer and authoritie to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee or any person or persons to bee thereunto nominated by the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee to minister and give Oathes of Allegiance and supremacie according to the formes now established in this our Realme of England to all and every such person and persons as they shall thinke fitt that shall aft any tyme or tymes goe or passe into the said Province and Premises or any of them or shalbee resident or abideing there And our further Will and pleasure is and Wee Doe by these Presents for us our heires and successors Covenant and glaullte to and with the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee that if the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires or assignee shall aft any tyme or tymes hereafter uppon any double which tree or they shall conceave concerning the validitie and strength of this our present graunte bee desireous to renewe the same from us our heires or successors with amendment of such ymperfeccons and defects as shall appeare flit and necessary to bee reformed and amended by us our heires and successors that then uppon the humble peticon of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee such further and better assurance of all and singuler the Premises hereby graunted or menconed or intended to bee graunted according to the true meaneing of these our Letters Patents shall from tyme to tyme by us our heires and successors bee made and graunted unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee as by the Attorney Generall of us our heires and successors for the tyme being and the Learned Councell of the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee shall in that behalfe bee reasonably devised or advised And further Wee Doe hereby for us our heires and successors chardge and commaunde all and singuler Admiralls Vice-admiralls Generalls Comaunders Captaynes Justices of Peace Maiors Sheriffs Baylifls Constables Customers Comptrollers Collectors Waiters Searches and all other the officers and Ministers of us our heires and successors whatsoever aswell nowe as hereafter for the tyme being to bee from tyme to tyme in all things aydeing and assisting unto the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee and to his and theire officers Factors and agents and to every or any of them uppon request made as they tender our pleasure and will avoyde the contrary aft their perills And Wee Doe will and for us our heires and successors Doe declare and ordeyne that the said Province and Premisses shalbee ymediatelv subject to our Crowne of Englande and dependent upon the same for ever And further Wee Will and by these Presents-for us our heires and successors Doe graunte to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee that these our Letters Patents or the enrollment of them shalbee in all things and to all intents and purposes firme good edectuall and sufficient in the lawe against us our heires and successors aswell in all Courts as elsewhere within our Kingdome of England or in any other our Kingdomes and Domynions as in the said Province and Premisses aforesaid or in any of them and shalbee construed reputed and taken aswell according to the true meaning and intent as to the wordes of the same most benignely favorably and beneficially to and for the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee (noe interpretacon being made of any worde or sentence Whereby Gods Horde true Christian Religion now taught professed and maynteyned the fundamenta1 laws of this Realme or Alleagiance to us our heires or successors may suffer prejudice or diminucon) any omission misinformacon want of certaine expression of the contents lymitts and bollndes or the certeyne scituacon of the said Province and Premisses aforesaid hereby meant or intended to be graunted or in what latitude of degree the same are or any defect in these Presents or any Lawe Statute or other cause or matter to the contrary notwithstanding And although express mencon bee not made of the true yearely value or certeyntie of the Premisses or any of them and notwithstanding any misnameing and not certeyne or particular nameing of the said Province Places Landes Territories Hereditaments and Premisses whatsoever before by these Presents given graunted confirmed menconed and intended to bee graunted or confirmed or any parse thereof or the misnameing or not nameing or not rightly nameing of the degrees and Coasts wherein or whereuppon the same or any of them doe lie or any Acte of Parliament Statute Ordinaunce Proclamacon or restraint heretofore made ordeyned or provided or any other thinge cause or matter to the contrary notwithstanding Nevertheless our intent and meaneing is that out of the Premisses hereby graunted or menconed to bee graunted there shalbee always saved and reserved to all and every such person and persons as have or hath any lawefull graunte or graunts of Landes or Plantacons lawfully setled in the division and Premisses aforesaid the free houlding and enjoyeing of his and theire right with the Liberties thereunto apperteyning tree or they relinquishing and layeing downe his and theire Jura Regalia (if tree or they have any) to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee whome wee have hereby made Proprietor of the Province or Devision and Premisses aforesaid and payeing some small acknowledgement to the said Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee for that tree or they are now to houlde theire Landes anew of the sail Sir Fardinando Gorges his heires and assignee In Wittnes whereof we have caused these our Letters to be made Patents Wittnes our selfe aft Westminister the third day of Aprill in the fifteenth yere of our reigne.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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