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Records Relating to Royal Charter | State Archives Catalog

Document confirming & defining a united government of the colony of Rhode Island as obtained from / issued by King Charles II, on July 8, 1663.  Served as the basic model delineating political rights, governmental authority & hierarchy until first State Constitution adopted in November 1842 (officially organized & in effect the second Tuesday in May, 1843); parchment, 31 5/8 x 71 5/8; encased / on display, entrance to Senate Chamber, Rhode Island State House

Dates: 1663

Other Names: King Charles Charter

Extent: 31 5/8” x 71 5/8”

Types of Materials: parchment encased & on display, entrance to Senate Chamber, 2nd floor, RI State House

Finding Aids: early abstracts –  RI Law publications:  John Allen for Nicholas Boone, Boston, 1719; John & widow Franklin, Newport, 1730 & 1745, etc.; transcription also provided with RI Manuals, 1867 – 2010 (bi – annual) & Secretary of State publications / web site:www.sos.ri.gov)

Related Sources:

C#0204 – Rhode Island Colony Records, 1646– 669, Part II, pp. 178 - 179

C#0260 – Proceedings of the General Assembly of Rhode Island, Vol. 1, 1649–1669, pp.105-8, 123

C#0629 & C#0641 - remnant sections (6) of original wax seal & box accompanying charter

C#0640 - cast of the charter seal presented by Sir Ellis Minns, Senior Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 1953


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