Monday, February 18, 2008

Virginia Charters (1606, 1609)

First Charter of Virginia (April 10, 1606), was granted by King James I to those settling in Jamestown Colony in Virginia:

"We, greatly commending and graciously accepting of their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those Parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government..."

Second Charter of Virginia (May 23, 1609), granted by King James I, said:

"Because the principal Effect which we can expect or desire of this Action is the Conversion and reduction of the people in those parts unto the true worship of God and the Christian Religion."

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