Charter of Carolina, 1665

Charles the Second, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King,…

Charter of Carolina, 1663

Charles the Second, by the grace of God, king of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland,…

North Carolina Fundamental Constitution

Our sovereign lord the King having, out of his royal grace and bounty, granted unto…

New Jersey Concessions and Agreements

Imprimus. We do consent and agree, that the Governor of the said Province hath power, by…

Charter of Delaware

William Penn, Proprietary and Governor of the province of Pennsylvania and territories thereunto belonging, to…

Fundamental Constitution of East New Jersey

Since the right of government, as well as soil, is in the four and twenty…

Laws, Rights, and Liberties Related to Religion in Early America

Articles, Laws, and Orders, Divine, Politic, and Martial for the Colony in Virginia (c. 1610)…

What is an American

LETTER III from Letters From an American Farmer I WISH I could be acquainted with…

A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of Paper Currency

There is no Science, the Study of which is more useful and commendable than the…

Charter of Connecticut

CHARLES the Second, by the Grace of GOD, KING of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland,…

Charter of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

CHARLES THE SECOND, by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland,…

Concord Town Meeting Resolution

At a meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of Concord being free and twenty…

The Articles of Confederation of the United Colonies of New England

The Articles of Confederation between the Plantations under the Government of the Massachusetts, the Plantations…

Proclamation Against the Disorderly Transporting His Majesty’s subjects to the Plantations Within the Parts of America

By The King’s most excellent majesty being informed that great numbers of his subjects have…

Grant of His Interest in New Hampshire by Sir Ferdinando Gorges to Captain John Mason

This indenture made the seventeenth day of September, Anno Domini 1635, and in the eleventh…

Grant of Exclusive Trade to New Netherland by the States-General of the United Netherlands

The States-General of the United Netherlands, to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting.…

General Charter for Those who Discover Any New Passages, Havens, Countries, or Places

The States-General of the United Netherlands, to all those who shall see these presents or…

Declaration for Resignation of the Charter by the Council for New England

Forasmuch as we have found by a long experience that the faithful endeavors of some…

Confirmation of the Grant from the Council for New England to Captain John Mason

Forasmuch as by a mutual agreement we whose names are subscribed patentees or adventurers and…

Commission to Sir Ferdinando Gorges as Governor of New England by Charles

Manifesting our royal pleasure for the establishing a general government in our territories of New…

Charter of Privileges

Charter of Privileges which Gustavus Adolphus Has Graciously Given by Letters Patent to the Newly…

Letter from an Indentured Servant to his Parents

LOVING AND KIND FATHER AND MOTHER: My most humble duty remembered to you, hoping in…

Sermons

I. CORRINTH. Chap. VII. Ver. 21. Art thou called being a servant? Care not for…

Massachusetts Government Act

  WHEREAS by letters patent under the great seal of England, made in the third…

An Election Sermon

  I Cor. XII. 25. That there should be no Schism in the Body, but…

A Thought Upon the Past, Present, and Future State of North America

* America is a subject which daily becomes more and more interesting:-I shall therefore fill…

V. To General Sir William Howe

TO argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and…

Newport Agreement

Pocasset. On the 28th of the 2d [month], 1639It is agreed. By vs whose hands…

Of the Original Contract

When we consider how nearly equal all men are in their bodily force, and even…

Articles, Laws, and Orders, Divine, Politic, and Martial for the Colony in Virginia

Articles, Lawes, and Orders, Divine, Politique, and Martiall for the Colony in Virginea: first established…

Plantation Covenant at Quinnipiack

We the assembly of free planters do solemnly covenant] thatt as [in] matters thatt Concerne…

Plantation Agreement at Providence

Report of Arbitrators at Providence, containing proposals for a form of government Providence the 27th…

Organization of the Government of Rhode Island

The Generall Court of Election began and held at Portsmouth, from the 16th of March,…

Warwick Agreement

KNOW ALL MEN, Colonies, Peoples, and Nations, unto whom the same hereof shall come; that…

Acts and Orders of 1647

Acts and Orders Made and agreed upon at the Generall Court of Election, held at…

General Assembly of Rhode Island Is Divided into Two Houses

The Assembly having taken notice of the motion from the townes of Portsmouth and of…

Preface to the General Laws and Liberties of Connecticut Colony Revised and Published by Order of the General Court Held at Hartford

To our Beloved Brethren and Neighbours, the Inhabitants of the Colony of Connecticut, The GENERAL…

Charter of Providence

Whereas, by virtue of a free and absolute charter of civill incorporation, granted to the…

Act for Establishing the House of Assembly and the Laws to Be Made Therein

Memorandum That at the first meeting of the Assembly on the 25th day of the…

Charter of Liberties and Privileges

  FFor The better Establishing the Government of this province of New Yorke and that…

A Foreign Spectator XXIV

“An Essay on the Means of Promoting Federal Sentiments in the United States” XXIV In…

A Letter from Governor Richard Nicolls to the Inhabitants of Long Island

Whereas the Inhabitants of Long Island, have for a Long time groaned under many grievous…

The Laws and Liberties of Massachusetts

The Book of the General Lawes and Libertyes Concerning the Inhabitants of the Massachusets Collected…

Charter of Massachusetts Bay

And further, That the said Governour and Companye, and their Successors, maie have forever one…

Fundamental Articles of New Haven

The 4th day of the 4th moneth called June 1639, all the free planters assembled…

Division of the Connecticut General Assembly into Two Houses

  It is ordered by this court, and the authority thereof, that for the future…

An Act What Persons Shall Be Called to Every General Assembly and an Act Concerning the Calling of General Assemblies

Be it enacted by the Lord Proprietary of this province, of and with the advice…

General Laws and Liberties of New Hampshire

Province Laws. The Generall Lawes and Liberties of the Province of New Hampshire, made by…

An Act for the Liberties of the People

Be it Enacted By the Lord Proprietarie of this Province of and with the advice…

Government of Portsmouth

We, whose names are under [written doe acknowledge] ourselves the legall dubjects of [his Majestie]…
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