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An ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, whereby Robert Earle of Warwicke is made Governour in chiefe, and Lord high Admirall of all those islands, and other plantations, inhabited, planted, or belonging to any His Majesties the King of Englands subjects, within the bounds, and upon the coasts of America. And a committee appointed to be assisting unto him for the better governing, strengthning, and preservation of the said plantations; but chiefly for the advancement of the true Protastant [sic] religion, and farther spreading of the gospell of Christ among those that yet remaine there in great and miserable blindnesse and ignorance. Die Iovis 2. Novemb. 1643. Ordered this day by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament that this ordinance shall be forthwith printed and published. J. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum.
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AN ORDINANCE OF THE LORDS and COMMONS Assembled in Parliament Whereby Robert Earle of Warwicke is made Governour in chiefe and Lord high Admirall of all those Islands and other Plantations inhabited planted or belonging to any His Majesties the King of Englands Subjects within the bounds and upon the Coasts of America And a Committee appointed to be assisting unto him for the better governing strengthning and preservation of the said Plantations but chiefly for the advancement of the true Protastant Religion and farther spreading of the Gospell of Christ among those that yet remaine there in great and miserable blindnesse and ignorance Die Iovis 2. Novemb. 1643. ORdered by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament that this Ordinance shall be forthwith printed and published J. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum LONDON Printed for Iohn Wright in the Old-baily Novemb. 3. 1643. AN ORDINANCE OF THE Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament WHereas many thousands of the natives and good Subjects of this Kingdome of England through the oppression of the Prelates and other ill affected Ministers and Officers of State have of late yÃ©eres to their great griefe and miserable hardship bin inforced to Transplant themselves and their families into severall Islands and other remote desolate parts of the West-Indies and having there through excÃ©eding great labour and industry with the blessing of God obtained for themselves and their families some competent and convenient meanes of maintenance and subsistance so that they are now in a reasonable well setled and peaceable condition But fearing least the outragious malice of Papists and other ill affected persons should reach unto them in their poore and low but as yet peaceable condition and having bÃ©ene informed that there hath bÃ©ene lately procured from His Majesty severall grants under the great Seale for erecting some new Governours and Commanders amongst the said Planters in their aforementioned Plantations Whereupon the said planters Adventurers and Owners of Land in the said forraign Plantations have preferred their Petition unto this present Parliament that for the better securing of them and their present Estates there obtained through so much extreame labour and difficulty they might have some such Governours and government as should be approved of and confirmed by the authority of both Houses of Parliament Which petition of theirs the Lords and Commons having taken into consideration and finding it of great importance both to the safety and preservation of the aforesaid Natives and Subjects of this Kingdome as well from all forraigne invasions and oppressions as from their owne intestine distractions and disturbances as also much tending to the honour and advantage of His Majesties Dominions have thought fit and doe hereby Constitute and Ordaine Robert Earle of Warwicke Governour in chiefe and Lord high Admirall of all those Islands and other plantations inhabited planted or belonging to any His Majesties the King of Englands Subjects or which hereafter may be inhabited planted or belonging to them within the bounds and upon the coasts of America And for the more effectuall spÃ©edier and easier transaction of this so weighty and important a businesse which concernes the wel-being and preservation of so many of the distressed Natives of this and other His Majesties Dominions The Lords and Commons have thought fit that Philip Earle of Pembrooke Edward Earle of Manchester William Viscount Say and Seale Phillip Lord Wharton Iohn Lord Roberts Members of the House of Peeres Sir Gilbert Gerard Knight and Baronet Sir Arthur Heselrigg Baronet Sir Henry Vane junior Knight Sir Benjamin Rudyer Knight Iohn Pym Oliver Cromwell Dennis Bond Myles Corbet Cornelius Holland Samuel Vassall Iohn Rolls and William Spurstow Esq Members of the House of Commons shall be Commissioners to joyne in ayd and assistance with the said Earl of Warwicke chiefe Governor and Admirall of the said plantations which chiefe Governour together with the said Commissioners or any foure of them shall hereby have power and authority to provide for order and dispose all things which they shall from time to time find most fit and advantagious to the wel-governing securing strengthning and preserving of the said Plantations and chiefely to the preservation and advancement of the true protestant Religion amongst the said planters inhabitants and the further enlargement and spreading of the Gospell of Christ amongst those that yet remain there in great and miserâble blindnesse and ignorance And for the better advancement of this so great a work It is hereby further ordained by the said Lords and Commons That the aforesaid Governour Commissioners shall hereby have power and authority upon all weighty and important occasions which may concerne the good and safety of the aforesaid Planters to call unto their advice and assistance therein any other of the aforesaid Planters Owners of Land or Inhabitants of the said Islands and Plantations which shall then be within twenty miles of the place where the said Commisioners shall then be And shall have power and authority to send for view and make use of all such Records Books and Papers which doe or may concerne any of the said Plantations And because the well-setling and establishing of such Officers and Governours as shall be laborious and faithfull in the right governing of all such persons as bÃ©e resident in or upon the said Plantations and due ordering and disposing all such Affaires as concerne the safety and welfare of the same is of very great advantage to the publique good of all such remote and new Plantations It is thereby further Ordained and DecrÃ©ed That the said Robert Earle of Warwick Governour in chiefe and Admirall of the said Plantations together with the aforesaid Commiss oners Philip Earle of Pembroke Edward Earle of Manchester William Viscount Say and Seale Philip Lord Wharton John Lord Roberts Sir Gilbert Gerard Knight and Baronet Sir Arthur Heselrigge Baronet Sir Henry Vane junior Knight Sir Benjamin Rudyer Knight John Pym Oliver Cromwell Dennis Bond Miles Corbett Cornelius Holland Samuel Vassall John Rolls and William Purstowe Esquires or the greater number of them shall have power and authority from time to time to nominate appoint and constitute all such subordinate Governours Councellors Commanders Officers and Agents as they shall judge to be best affected and most fit and serviceable for the said Islands and Plantations And shall hereby have power and authority upon the death or other avoydance of the aforesaid chiefe Governour and Admirall or any the other Commissioners before named from time to time to nominate and appoint such other chiefe Governour and Admirall or Commissioners in the place and room of such as shall so become void And shall also hereby have power and authority to remove any of the said subordinate Governours Councellors Commanders Officers or Agents which are or shall be appointed to Governe Councell or Negotiate the publike Affaires of the said Plantation and in their place and roome to appoint such other Officers as they shall judge fit And it is hereby ordained That no subordinate Governours Councellors Commanders Officers Agents Planters or Inhabitants whatsoever that are now resident in or upon the said Islands or Plantations shall admit or receive any other new Governours Councellors Commanders Officers or Agents whatsoever but such as shall be allowed and approved of under the Hands and Seales of the aforesaid chiefe Governour and high Admirall of the said Plantation together with the Hands and Seales of the aforementioned Commissioners or any six of them or under the Hands and Seales of such as they shall authorize thereunto And whereas for the better government and security of the said Plantations and Islands and the Owners and Inhabitants thereof there may be just and fit occasion to assigne over some part of the power and authority granted in this Ordinance to the chiefe Governor and Commissioners aforenamed unto the said Owners Inhabitants or others It is hereby Ordained That the said chiefe Governour and Commissioners before mentioned or the greater number of them shall hereby be authorized to assigne ratifie and confirme so much of their aforementioned authority and power and in such manner and to such persons as they shall judge to be fit for the better governing and preserving of the said Plantations and Islands from open violence and private disturbance and distractions And lastly That whosoever shall doe execute or yÃ©eld obedience to any thing contained in this Ordinance shall by vertue hereof bee saved harmelesse and indempnified FINIS