Charter of the Virginia Company of London

   The selection below is from a copy of the Charter of the Virginia Company of London, first issued by England's King James in 1606.  It is an important document, because it guaranteed to the settlers who went to Jamestown and other Virginia settlements that they would always have the rights of Englishmen. 
   The image below shows the section with that guarantee.  It is about half way down, starting near the right side of the line, and begins:  "Also We do for us our heirs and successors Declare by these presents that all and every . . ."  Keep in mind that the king speaks in the royal "We."  

 Charter of the Virginia Company of London  selection  p 13

The document image is from the Library of Congress collection
of the Thomas Jefferson papers.
It has been re-sized and enhanced for contrast for this page.

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