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Charter to Sir Walter Raleigh 1584

Charter to Sir Walter Raleigh 1584

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Charter to Sir Walter Raleigh : 1584
ELIZABETH by the Grace of God of England, Fraunce and IrelandQueene, defender of the faith, &c. To all people to whome thesepresents shall come, greeting.Knowe yee that of our especial grace, certaine science, andmeere motion, we haue given and graunted, and by these presentsfor us, our heires and successors, we giue and graunt to ourtrustie and welbeloued seruant
Walter Ralegh
, Esquire, and tohis heires assignee for euer, free libertie and licence fromtime to time, and at all times for ever hereafter, to discover,search, finde out, and view such remote, heathen and barbarouslands, countries, and territories, not actually possessed of anyChristian Prince, nor inhabited by Christian People, as to him,his heires and assignee, and to every or any of them shall seemegood, and the same to haue, horde, occupie and enjoy to him, hisheires and assignee for euer, with all prerogatives,commodities, jurisdictions, royalties, privileges, franchises,and preheminences, thereto or thereabouts both by sea and land,whatsoever we by our letters patents may graunt, and as we orany of our noble progenitors haue heretofore graunted to anyperson or persons, bodies politique.or corporate: and thesaid
Walter Ralegh
, his heires and assignee, and all such asfrom time to time, by licence of us, our heires and successors,shall goe or trauaile thither to inhabite or remaine, there tobuild and fortifie, at the discretion of the said
Walter Ralegh
,his heires and assignee, the statutes or acte of Parliament madeagainst fugitives, or against such as shall depart, romaine orcontinue out of our Realme of England without licence, or anyother statute, acte, lawe, or any ordinance whatsoever to thecontrary in anywise notwithstanding.And we do likewise by these presents, of our especial grace,meere motion, and certain knowledge, for us, our heires andsuccessors, giue and graunt full authoritie, libertie and powerto the said Walter Salem, his heires and assignee, and every ofthem, that he and they, and euery or any of them, shall and mayat all and euery time, and times hereafter, haue, take, andleade in the saide voyage, and trauaile thitherward, or toinhabit there with him, or them, and euery or any of them, suchand so many of our subjects as shall willingly accompanie him orthem, and euery or any of them to whom also we doe by thesepresents, giue full libertie and authority in that behalfe, andalso to hare, take, and employ, and vse suflicient shipping and
 
furniture for the Transportations and Nauigations in thatbehalfe, so that none of the same persons or any of them, besuch as hereafter shall be restrained by us, our heires, orsuccessors.And further that the said
Walter Ralegh
, his heires andassignee, and euery of them, shall haue holde, occupie, andenioye to him, his heires and assignee, and euery of them foreuer, all the soile of all such lands, territories, andCountreis, so to bee discovered and possessed as aforesaide, andof all such Cities, castles, townes, villages, and places in thesame, with the right, royalties, franchises, and iurisdictions,as well marine as other within the saide lances, or Countreis,or the seas thereunto adioyning, to be had, or used, with fullpower to dispose thereof, and of euery part in fee-simple orotherwise, according to the order of the lawes of England, asneere as the same conveniently may bee, at his, and their willand pleasure, to any persons then being, or that shall romainewithin the allegiance of us, our heires, and successors:resewing always to us our heires, and successors, for allservices, duties, and demaundes, the lift part of all the oareof golde and siluer, that from time to time, and at all timesafter such discouerie, subduing and possessing, shal be theregotten and obtained: All which lances, Countreis, andterritories, shall for ever be holden of the said
Walter Ralegh
,his heires and assignee, of us, our heirs and successors, byhomage, and by the said paiment of the said fift part, resewedonely for all services.And moreover, we doe by these presents, for us, our heiresand. successors, giue and graunt licence to the said
Walter Ralegh
, his heirs, and assignee, and euery of them, that he, andthey, and euery or any of them, shall and may from time to time,and at all times for euer hereafter, for his and their defence,encounter and expulse, repell and resist as well by sea as bylance, and by all other wayes whatsoever, all, and every suchperson and persons whatsoever, as without the especiall likingand licence of the saide
Walter Ralegh
, and of his heires andassignee, shall attempt to inhabite within the said Countreis,or any of them, or within the space of two hundreth leaguesneere to the place or places within such Countreis as aforesaide(if they shall not bee before planted or inhabited within thelimits as aforesaide with the subjects of any Christian Princebeing in amitie with us) where the saide
Walter Ralegh
, hisheires, or assignee, or any of them, or his, or their or any of
 
their associates or company, shall within sine yeeres (nextensuing) make their dwellings or abidings, or that shallenterprise or attempt at any time hereafter unlawfully to annoy,either by sea or lance, the saide
Walter Ralegh
, his heirs orassignee. or any of them, or his or their, or any of his ortheir companies giuing, and graunting by these presents furtherpower and authoritie, to the said
Walter Ralegh
, his heirs andassignee, and euery of them from time to time, and at all timesfor euer hereafter, to take and surprise by all maner of meaneswhatsoever, all and euery those person or persons, with theirshipper, vessels, and other goods and furniture, which withoutthe licence of the saide
Walter Ralegh
, or his heires, orassignee, as aforesaide, shalbe founde trafiquing into anyharbour or harbors, creeke, or creekes, within the limitsaforesaide, (the subjects of our Realms and Dominions, and allother persons in amitie with us, trading to the Newfound landfor fishing as heretofore they haue commonly used, or beingdriven by force of a tempest, or shipwracke onely excepted:) andthose persons, and euery of them, with their shippes, vessels,goods and furniture to deteine and possesse as of good andlawfull prize, according to the discretion of him thesaide
Walter Ralegh
, his heires, and assignee, and euery, or anyof them. And for uniting in more perfect league and amitie, ofsuch Countreis, lances, and territories so to bee possessed andinhabited as aforesaide with our Realmes of Englande, andIreland, and the better incouragement of men to theseenterprises: we do by these presents, graunt and declare thatall such Countreis, so hereafter to be possessed and inhabitedas is aforesaide, from thencefoorth shall bee of the allegianceof vs. our heires and successours. And wee doe graunt to thesaide
Walter Ralegh
, his heires, and assignee, and to all, andeuery of them, and to all and euery other person, and personsbeing of our allegiance, whose names shall be noted or entred insome of our Courtes of recorde within our Realme of Englande,that with the assentof the saide
Walter Ralegh
,his heires orassignes, shall in his journeis for discouerie, or in theiourneis for conquest, hereafter trauelle to such lands,countreis and territories, as aforesaide, and to their, and toeuery of their heires, that they, and every or any of them,being either borne within our saide Realmes of Englande, orIrelande or in any other place within our allegiance, and whichhereafter shall be inliabiting within any the lands, Countreis,and territories, with such licence (as aforesaide) shall and mayhaue all the priniledges of free Denizens, and persons native ofEngland, and within our allegiance in such like ample manor and

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