Pennsylvania Politics and the Growth of Democracy: 1740- 1776

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APPENDIX I
THE CHARTER OF PRIVILEGES.* 1701

The CHARTER of PRIVILEGES granted by WILLIAM PENN, Esq.; to the Inhabitants of Pennsylvania and Territories.

WILLIAM PENN Proprietary and Governour [sic] of the Province of Pennsilvania [sic] and Territories thereunto belonging To all to whom these presents shall come Sendeth Greeting WHEREAS King Charles the Second by his Letters Patents under the Great Seale [sic] of England bearring [sic] Date the fourth day of March in the yeare [sic] one thousand Six hundred and Eighty was Graciously pleased to Give and Grant unto me my heires [sic] and Assignes for ever this Province of Pennsilvania, with divers great powers and Jurisdictions for the well Governement [sic] thereof AND WHEREAS the King's dearest Brother James Duke of York and Albany &c: by his Deeds of ffeofment [sic] under his hand and Seale duely perfected bearring date the twenty fourth day of August one thousand Six hundred Eighty and two Did Grant unto me my heires and Assignes All that Tract of Land now called the Territories of Pensilvania [sic] togather [sic] with powers and Jurisdictions for the good Governement thereof AND WHEREAS for the Encouragement of all the ffreemen and Planters that might be concerned in the said Province and Territories and for the good Governement thereof, I the said William Penn in the yeare one thousand Six hundred Eighty and three for me my heires and Assignes Did Grant and Confirme [sic] unto all the ffreemen Planters and Adventurers therein Divers Liberties ffranchises and properties as by the said Grant Entituled [sic] the FFRAME OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PROVINCE OF PENSILVANIA AND TERRITORIES THEREUNTO BELONGING IN AMERICA may Appeare [sic] which Charter or frame being found in Some parts of it not soe [sic] Suitable to the present Circumstances of the Inhabitants, was in the third Month in the yeare One thousand Seven hundred Delivered up to me by Six parts of Seaven [sic] of the ffreemen of this Province and Territories in Generall [sic] Assembly mett [sic], provision being made in the said Charter for that End and purpose AND WHEREAS I was then pleased to promise that I would restore the said Charter to them again, with necessary Alterations or in liew

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