The Massachusetts Civil List for the Colonial and Provincial Periods, 1630-1774

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J. Munsell, 1870 - Massachusetts - 172 pages
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Page 12 - ... and to deal in all other affairs of the Commonwealth wherein the freemen have to do, the matter of election of magistrates and other officers only excepted, wherein every freeman is to give his own voice.
Page 12 - ... business as by them shall be thought fit to consider of at the next General Court, and that such persons as shall be hereafter so deputed by the freemen of the several plantations to deal in their behalf in the...
Page 11 - England, shall be, from time to time, and forever hereafter, a body corporate and politic, in fact and name, by the name of the Governor and Company of the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England, in America...
Page 12 - ... that it shall be free and lawful for all freemen to send their votes for elections by proxy, the next general court in May, and so for hereafter, which shall be done in this manner : The deputies, which shall be chosen, shall cause the freemen of their towns to be assembled, and then to take such freemen's votes as please to send by proxy for every magistrate, and seal them up severally, subscribing the magistrate's name on the back side, and so to bring them to the court sealed, with an open...
Page 12 - That it shall be free and lawful for all freemen to send their votes for elections by proxy, in the next General Court in May, and so for hereafter, which shall be done in this manner : The deputy which shall be chosen, shall cause the freemen of the town to be assembled, and then take such freemen's votes, as please to send them by proxy, for any...
Page 11 - It was generally agreed upon, by erection of hands, that the governor, deputy governor, and assistants should be chosen by the whole court of governor, deputy governor, assistants, and freemen, and that the governor shall always be chosen out of the assistants.
Page 11 - That none but the General Court hath power to make and establish laws, nor to elect and appoint officers as governor, deputy-governor, assistants, treasurer, secretary, captain, lieutenants, ensigns, or any of like moment, or to remove such upon misdemeanor ; as also to set out the duties and powers of the said officers.
Page 12 - ... propounded one to the people ; then they all went out, and came in at one door, and every man delivered a paper into a hat. Such as gave their vote for the party named, gave in a paper with some figures or scroll in it ; others gave in a blank.
Page 64 - Excellency sent a message, saying ' that th ere were seve ral gentlemen left out that were of the Council last year, who were of good ability for estate and otherwise to serve her Majesty, and well disposed thereto, and that some others who were anew elected were not so well disposed, some of them being of little or mean estate ; and withal signified that he should expunge five of the names of the list.
Page 15 - ... those persons commonly called Quakers, whose principles being inconsistent with any kind of government, we have found it necessary, by the advice of Parliament here, to make a sharp law against them, and are well contented that you do the like there. Although we have hereby declared our expectation to be, that the charter, granted by our royal father, and now confirmed by us, shall be punctually observed, yet if the number of the assistants, enjoined thereby, be found by experience, and judged...

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