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A Lively Experiment: Rhode Island's Colonial Charter, 1661-1843

Description

Commemorating the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island’s Royal Charter of 1663, this exhibit features an array of original documents including the 1721 recorded copy of the 1643 Parliamentary Patent that preceded the Charter, remnant sections of the wax and resin Great Seal of Charles II that was originally appended to the Charter and the legislative proceedings around the Charter’s arrival in Rhode Island and its first reading to the General Assembly. Other featured items include a published transcript of the Charter printed in England in 1719 and contemporary documents written in the hands of Roger Williams and John Clarke.

See the full exhibit for yourself at the Rhode Island State Archives, 337 Westminster Street, Providence, through December 2013. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free, two-hour validated parking is available at the nearby In-Town Parking lot at the corner of Snow and Westminster Streets.


GRANTED BY KING CHARLES II,
JULY 8, l663, AND IN FORCE UNTIL THE CONSTITUTION, ADOPTED IN NOVEMBER, l842, BECAME OPERATIVE ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF MAY, l843.
CHARLES the Second, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland,…


GRANTED BY KING CHARLES II,
JULY 8, l663, AND IN FORCE UNTIL THE CONSTITUTION, ADOPTED IN NOVEMBER, l842, BECAME OPERATIVE ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF MAY, l843.
CHARLES the Second, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland,…


Images of the Royal Charter Seal box. Boxes used to transport the Royal Charter and Seal from England. The remainder of the box that held the rolled document has not survived.
(Preston Collection photograph, 1930, C#858)


Image of a newspaper clipping discussing the Royal Charter Box.


GRANTED BY KING CHARLES II,
JULY 8, l663, AND IN FORCE UNTIL THE CONSTITUTION, ADOPTED IN NOVEMBER, l842, BECAME OPERATIVE ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF MAY, l843.
CHARLES the Second, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland,…