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cent places, belonging to your Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, complayning of the injustice of the second Verdict given against them. And in consideration of the complainants humble appeal unto your Majesty, together with the reasons and evidences alleaged by them in justification of their right in the Lands possessed by them, as not appearing to be any part of the Lands of Patuxet, which only by your Majesties Commission were to be brought to a tryall, Your Majesty was pleased to order on the 2nd of Jan' last, That the Inhabitants of the towne of Warwick should not be disturbed in the quiet possession of the said lands, And that all things relating thereunto should remain in the same state they were in before the meeting of the said Commissioners, untill William Harris & Partners should before your Majesty in Councill make out a sufficient title thereunto.
And whereas the said Holden & Green were no sooner departed, but the Petitioner William Harris hath made his appearance, beseeching your Majesty to take such course as might finally determine the matters complayned of by him, Wee are humbly of Opinion, That by reason of the distance of places & absence of the Parties it wilbe a matter of too great difficulty for your Majesty to give such judgment therein as may equally decide their respective pretensions.
And whereas the said Holden & Green did offer their Exceptions against the Colonies of the Massachusets & Conecticut, upon divers past differences between them, And that on the other side the Petitioner William Harris thinks he has just cause to except against the Colony of Rhode Island, as being particularly interested in the present controversy. Wee therefore humbly offer, That your Majestie's royall commands be again sent to the Governor and Magistrates of your Colony of New Plymouth, authorizing and requiring them to call before them the said Randall Holden and John Green, and other persons in whose behalf they haue lately appealed unto your Majesty, And having in due manner examined the pretentions of the said Harris unto the Lands possessed by them, do returne unto your Majesty a particular state thereof, and their opinions thereupon, with all convenient speed.
And whereas your Majesty hath already thought fit to Order, That the said William Harris and Partners, be peaceably and quietly possessed of the Lands of Patuxet, adjudged unto them by the first and three last verdicts given in pursuance of your Majestyes late commission, Wee further offer, That the Governor and Magistrates of the Colony of Rhode Island, to whose Jurisdiction the said Lands apperteyne, be strictly charged and required to put the said William Harris and Partners into the quiet possession thereof, and to take care that Execution be given for their damage and Costs, allowed by the said verdicts and judgments of Court, within the space of three Monethes at furthest, after the receipt of your Majesties Comands, And that in default thereof, sufficient powers may be sent unto the neighboring Colony of New Plymouth to cause the same to be duly executed without delay.
All which is most humbly submitted.
Tho. Dolman. Which Report having been this day read at the Board and approved of, — Their Lordships were pleased to Order, That one of his Majesties principall Secretarys of State do prepare Letters for his Majesties royall signature as well to the Governor & Magistrates of his Majesties Colony of New Plymouth to examine the Pretensions of the said William Harris unto the Lands possessed by Randall Holden, John Green and others, and returne a particular State thereof with their Opinions to his Majesty, with all convenient speed, As to the Governor and Magistrates of the Colony of Rhode Island to put him the said Harris and Partners, in the peaceable and quiet possession of the Lands of Patuxet, adjudged to them by the Verdicts aforesaid, given in pursuance of his Majesties late Commission, together with the Costs and damages, according to the tenor of the abovemencioned Report. - [Charles II. Vol. XV., 320 - 1.] ·
At Whitehall, the 20th of September 1682. Present, The
Kings most excellent Matie
The Lords Committees of this Board for send for a fuller Trade and Forreigne Plantations having this
New England. The Agents to
day reported to his Majestie in Councill that agree upon the
the Government of the Massachu
At Hampton Court, the 13th of June, 1683. Wensday
morng. Present, The Kings most excellent Majesty.
The Right Hon ble the Lords of the Commit- 240 Warranto to tee for Trade & Forraign Plantations having this day presented to the Board a Report, in the sets Bay in New words following, viz. May it please your Majesty
Your Majesty having by an Order in Councill dated the 201h of September last, directed the Agents from the Governor and Company of the Massachusets Bay in New England to procure sufficient Commission and full power to agree upon the regulation of that Government, and to consent to such matters as should be thought necessary in pursuance of
your Majesty's Letters to that Colony; And in Case of neglect or faylure therein, a Quo Warranto should be brought against the said Governor and Com
pany, upon the first day of Hilary Terme then next ensuing. Wee were this day attended by the said Agents, and by M' Randolph, Officer of your Majesty's Customs in New England; And having seen and examined the powers transmitted to the said Agents in answer to your Majesty's Commands, Wee are most humbly of Opinion that inasmuch as the said powers being not generall but limited, are not full nor sufficient to enable the said Agents to consent unto such Matters as may be thought necessary for the due regulation of that Government; Your Majesty would now be pleased to order your Attorny Generall forth with to bring a Quo Warranto against the said Governor and Company, for the abuses of their Charter, according to your Majesty's pleasure signifyed to them.
All which is most humbly submitted. Which having been read and considered, His Majesty was pleased to approve thereof; And did Order, that Sir Robert Sawyer, Kn' his Majesty's Attorny Generall do forthwith bring a Quo Warranto against the said Governor and Company of the Massachusets Bay for the abuses of their Charter, as is advised in the said report. And for the more effectuall prosecution thereof, M' Randolph is hereby required to attend his Majesty's said Attorny with such Articles Witnesses and Proofs, as he is able to produce against the said Government. —[Charles II. Vol. XVII., 1.
The New Eng.
At Whitehall, this 20th of July, 1683. Fryday Morng.
Upon reading the peticion of Joseph Dudley land Agents per and John Richards, Agents or Messengers from
the Governour and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England; Setting forth, That a Quo Warranto being issued against the Charter and Government of that Colony, they are not willing to undertake the - deffence & mannagement thereof, And therefore praying they may be permitted to returne home, to take care of their private affaires. And the Right Hon ble The Lords of the Committee for Trade, and Forreigne Plantacions, having this day reported their Opinions to the Board, that leaue may be given them to returne home, there being
no occasion for their longer stay here; It was accordingly Ordered, As it is hereby Ordered, That the sayd Joseph Dudley and John Richards Essq" be discharged from their further attendance here, And that they may returne to New England so soon as M' Edward Randolph (who is forthwith going thether upon his Majestyes service, by his Majestyes Commands) shall be embarkt for his sayd Voyage.
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The Right Hon ble the Lords of the Committee for Trade and Forreigne Plantacions having carry to New Eng this day presented to the Board, a report con- teoul Declaracion cerning New England, together with the Draft ter, &c. of a Declaration from his Majesty to the Governour and Company of the Massachusetts Bay, upon issueing a Quo Warranto against the Charter of that Colony, And the sayd report and Declaration being read, and considered at the Board. It was Ordered, as it is hereby Ordered, That M' Edward Randolph be sent to New England with the Notification of the sayd Quo Warranto, which he is to deliver to the sayd Governour and Company of the Massachusetts Bay. And thereupon to returne to give his Majesty an account of his proceedings therein. And one of his Majesty's principall Secretary's of State is likewise to prepare the sayd Declaration for his Majesty's Signature, in order to be sent to New England, and delivered to the Governour and Company, by the sayd Edward Randolph as aforesayd. And it is hereby further Ordered, That his Majesty's printers doe forthwith print and deliver unto the sayd Edward Randolph two hundred Copyes of the aforesaid Declaration; As also one hundred copyes of all the proceedings at the Councell Board, concerning the Charter of London, which were printed by order of his Majesty at this Board, to be dispersed by him in New England, as he shall thinke best for his Majesty's Service. — (Charles II. Vol. XVII., 21 – 22.]
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[James II.] At Windsor, the 20th of June 1686.
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