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Second Charter Of Carolina [1663]

 

CHARLES the Second, . . . [ &c.] . . . WHEREAS, by our Letters Patents, bearing date . . . [March 24, I663] . . . We were graciously pleased to grant unto . . . Edward Earl of Clarendon, our High Chancellor of England . . . [and others] . . . all that province . . . called Carolina, situate, lying and being within our dominions of America; extending from the north end of the island called Luke-Island, which lieth in the Southern Virginia seas, and within thirty-six degrees of north latitude; and to the west, as far as the South-Seas; and so respectively as far as the river of Matthias, which bordereth upon the coast of Florida, and within thirty-one degrees of north latitude; and so west, in a direct line, as far as the South-Seas aforesaid.

2d. Now know ye, that we . . . are graciously pleased to enlarge our said grant unto them, according to the bounds and limits hereafter specified, . . . all that Province, territory, or tract of ground, scituate, lying and being within our dominions of America aforesaid, extending north and eastward as far as the north end of Charahake river or gulet, upon a streight westerly line to Wyonoake Creek, which lies within or about the degrees of thirty-six, and thirty minutes northern latitude, and so west in a direct line as far as the Southseas; and South and Westward as far as the degrees of twenty-nine inclusive northern latitude, and so west in a direct line, as far as the South Seas; together with all and singular ports, harbours, bays, rivers, and islets, belonging unto the Province or territory aforesaid....

4th. And that the Province or territory hereby granted and described, may be dignified with as large Titles and Priviledges as any other parts of our dominions and territories in that region, know ye, that we...do...annex and unite the same to the said Providence of Carolina...