Commission of Governor Thomas Culpeper, 1679 Dec. 6.
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Charles the second by the grace of God king of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland Defender of the faith &c To our right trusty and welbeloved Thomas Lord Culpepper Greeting [illegible] Whereas by our letters patents under our great Seale of England bearing date the eighth day of July in the seven and twentieth yeare of our reigne [wee granted?] unto you [illegible] Lord Culpeper the Office of our lieutenant and Governour generall of all that our Collony and Dominion of Virginia in [illegible] all [illegible] rights, members and [appurtains?] whatsoever to hold [execute?] and [enjoy?] the said Office dureing your naturall life next and imediately after the death [suspendure?] fforfeiture or other [soever?] determination of the Interest of [Sir] William Berkeley Knt. And Whereas the said Sir William Berkeley being now deceased you are from the day of his decease by virtue of our said letters pattents become [legally?] possessed of the said office of our lieutenant and Governour Generall of our said Collony and Dominion of Virginia dureing your naturall life as aforesaid &c &c therefore for [your better?] guidance and direccon therein [we?] hereby require and command you to doe and [illegible] in due manner that shall belong unto your said Office and the trust [illegible] reposed in [illegible] to the severall powers instruccons said authorities [illegible] in these presents or such further [powers?] instruccons and authorities as you shall [receive?] or which shall att any time hereafter bee granted or appointed unto you under our [Signett?] and [Sigue?] [illegible] to such reasonable lawes and Statutes as now are or hereafter shal bee made and agreed uppon [in?] such manner and forme as is in hereafter expressed And [it?] is our Will and pleasure that you the [illegible] lord Culpeper [illegible] after your [arrivall?] att [Virginia?] such [publication of?] [illegible] letters patents and [illegible] of these p'sents first [when?] the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy together with the Oath of [illegible] [executeing?] the Office and [trust?] of [our Lieutenant and Governour?] generall of our said Collony and Dominion of Virginia which our Councill of the said Colony and Dominion or any three of [them?] [illegible] hereby authorised [illegible] and [illegible] and administer unto you and in your absence to our lieutenant or [illegible] the oath of Allegiance and [illegible] the oath for the [illegible] trust and wee doe hereby give and grant unto you with the [advice?] and consent of the said Councill full power and [authority?] [illegible] [with?] generall Assemblies of the [illegible] within the said Colony and Dominion as hath bin formerly practised and used in the said Colony and Dominion And [our will?] and pleasure is thatt the [persons?] [there?] [illegible] dated and [haveing?] before their sitting taken the Oaths of Allegiance and [Supremance?] which you shall commissionate [said?] persons under the greatt Seale of our said Colony and Dominion administer and without takeing of which none shall bee capable of sitting though elected shall bee called and held the generall Assembly of the said Colony and Dominion of Virginia and shall have full power and authoritie to agree and consent unto all such lawes Statutes and Ordinances for the publiq peace Welfare and good Government of the said Colony and Dominion and the people and Inhabitants thereof and such others as shall [resorte?] thereunto and for the benifitt of us our heyres and Successors as [haveing?] [but?] by you with the advice and consent of the said Councell [framed?] and transmitted [illegible] shall bee by us approved and remitted unto you under our great Seale of England in order to bee [there entered by you ?] giveing our royall Assent thereunto which said lawes Ordinances and Statutes are to bee by you framed (as [neere?] as conveniently may bee) to the lawes and Statutes of our Kingdome of England And wee doe hereby neverthelesse authorise and impower your in case of Invasion Rebellion or some very great necessitie to passe an Act or Acts by and with the consent of the generall Assemblie without transmitting the same first unto us to raise moneys within our said Colony and Dominion to [answere?] the [ocations?] [illegible] by such urgent necessities And [wee?] give you likewise full power from time to time as you shall judge it necessarie to dissolve the Generall Assemblies And our pleasure is that you shall and may keepe and use the publiqu Seale appointed by us for Virginia and all Grants made and confirmed thereby shall stand good in [law?] [saveing?] in the cases hereafter excepted and [restreyned?] and hereby give and grant unto you full power and authoritie with the advice and consent of the said councell to [erect?] constitute and establish such and soe many Courts of Judicature and publiq Justice within our said Colony and Dominion where the same shall bee wanting as you and they shall think fitt and necessarie for the heareing and determining of all causes capitall [criminall?] and [civill?] according to law and equitie and for [awarding?] of [Execucon?] thereupon with all reasonable and necessarie powers authorities ffees and priviledges unto them as also to appoint and commissionate fitt persons in the severall Ports of our said Colony to administer the oaths of Allegiance and [supremacy?] unto such as shall bee obliged to take the same and [wee soe doe?] hereby [illegible] full power and authoritie to constitute and appoint Judges and [illegible] Comissioners of Oyer and Terminer Justices of the peace Sheriffes and other necessarie Officers [illegible] administracon of Justice [illegible] the [illegible] in execucon and to admister such oath and oaths as are usually given for the due [execucon?] and prformance of Offices places and charges and for the [illegible] of the [illegible] causes Provided alwaies and our will and pleasure is that coppies of all Establishments of [illegible] Courts Offices and Officers powers and authorities ffees and priviledges granted or settled by you as aforesaid bee with all convenient speed transmitted unto one of our principall Secretaries of State and the lords of our privy Councell appointed a committee [for?] trade and Plantacons to be allowed or disallowed by us as wee shall judge fitt And wee doe hereby give and grant unto you full power and authoritie where you shall see cause [or judge?] any Offender or Offenders in capitall or [criminall?] matters or for [any?] ffines or fforfeitures due unto [us for objects?] of our mercy to pardon and remitt all such Offenders ffines or fforfeitures [treason?] and wilfull murder onely excepted in which cases you shall likewise have power or in your absence our lieutenant or deputie Governour upon any extraordinary occasions to [grant reprieve?] to the Offender therein and to the intent our pleasure may bee [illegible] therein And wee doe hereby give and grant unto you full power and authoritie to suspend any member of the Councell if you see just cause and our will and pleasure is that every member of our Councell suspended by you shall bee [illegible] dureing such Suspensions of [illegible] member of the generall Assembly of which Suspension [together?] with the causes thereof you shall with [convenient?] speede give notice to us to the intent wee may [illegible] And [wee doe further authorise?] and [impower?] you in case of death or [departure?] from our said Colony and Dominion [illegible] [of any the members of the said?] Councell to appoint such [illegible] many persons to supply the said vacancy as you shall [think?] fitt any three of which our said Councell wee [illegible] which persons soe chosen and appointed by you shall [illegible] and Dominion till