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Kited of the said Numbers of Members mentioned in the Charter of Liberties ; upon Confideration of the Premisses, and that the Proprietary and Governor may testify his great Willingness to comply with that which may be most easy and pleasing, he is willing that it be enacted:

And be it Enacted by the Proprietary and Governor, by and with the unanimous Advice and Consent of the Freemen of this Province, and Territories thereunto belonging, in provincial Council and general Assembly met, That the Numbers desired by the Inhabitants in their several Petitions, and express’d to be their Defires by the Sheriffs Returns to the Proprietary and Governor, to serve as the provincial Council and general Assembly, be allowed and taken, to all Intents and Purposes, to be the provincial Council and general Assembly of this Province: And that the Quorum shall be proportionably settled, according to the Method express’d in the fifth Article; that is to say, two thirds to make a Quorum in extraordinary Cases, and one third in ordinary Cafes, as is provided in the faid fifth Article : Which said provin. cial Council and general Assembly, so already chosen, are and shall be held and reputed the legal provincial Council and general Allembly of the Province and Territories thereof, for this present Year; and that from and after the Expiration of this present Year, the provincial Council fhall consist of three Persons out of each County, as aforesaid ; and the Asembly shall consist of fix

Persons out of each County; which said provincial Council and general Assembly may be hereafter enlarged, as the Governor, and provincial Council and Assembly shall see Cause, so as the said Number do not, at any Time, exceed the Limitations express'd in the third and fixteenth Article of the Charter, any Thing in this Act, or any other Act,

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Charter or Law, to the contrary in any wise note withstanding.

"And because the Freemen of this Province and Territories thereof, are deeply sensible of the kind and good Intentions of the Proprietary and Governor in this Charter, and of the fingular Benefit that redounds to them thereby, and are desirous that it may in all Things best answer the Design of the publick Good, the Freemen of the said provincial Council and general Assembly met, having unanimoudy requested some Variations, Explanations and Additions, in and to the said Charter, he, the Proprietary and Governor, hath therefore yielded that it be enacted :

And it is hereby ENACTED, That the Time for the Meeting of the Freemen of this Province and Territories thereof, to chuse their Deputies to represent and serve them, in provincial Council änd general Assembly, thall be .yearly hereafter, on the tenth Day of the first Month ; which Members' so chosen for the provincial Council, shall make their Appearance, and give their Attendance, in provincial Council, within twenty Days after their Election; and the said Members elected to serve in general Assembly, Thall yearly meet and afsemble, on the tenth Day of the said ihird Month, to the End and Purpofęs declared in the Charter, at and in such Place as is limited in the Laid Charter, unless the Governor and provincial Council fhall, at any Time, see Cause to the contrary.

And whereas it is express’d in the said Charter, That the Governor and provincial Council fhall prepare and propose to the general Assembly, all Bills which they shall think fit to país into Laws, within the said Province: Be it ENACTED by the Authority aforesaid, That the Governor and provincial Council fhall have the Power of

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preparing and proposing to the general Assembly, all Bills that they shall jointly alient to and think fit to have pass'd into Laws, in the said Province and Territories thereof, that are not inconsistent with, but according to the Powers granted by the King's Letters Patents to the Proprietary and Governor aforesaid ; which Bills shall be published in the moft noted Towns and Places in the said Province and Territories thereof, twenty Days bew fore the Meeting of the general Affembly afores said.

And for the better Decision and Determination of all Matters and Questions upon Elections of Representatives, and Debates in provincial Council and general Affembly, It is hereby declared and ENACTED, &C. That all Questions upon Elections of Representatives, and Debates in provincial Council and general Assembly, in perfonal Matters, shall be decided by the Ballot ; and all Questions about preparing and enacting Laws, shall be determined by the Vote.

And that so united an Interest may have an united Term and Stile to be exprefs'd by, It is hereby declared and ENACTED, That the gen neral Affembly shall be henceforth termed or called THE ASSEMBLY ; and the Meeting of the Governor, provincial Council, and Assembly, and their Acts and Proceedings, shall be stiled and called THE MEETINGS, SESSIONS, Acts or PROCEEDINGS of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Province of Pennsylvania, and the Territories thereunto belonging. And that the Freemen of this Province, and the Territories thereof, may not, on their Part, seem unmindful or ungrateful to their Proprietary and Governor, for the Testimony he hath been pleafed to give, of his great Good-Will towards them and theirs, nor be wanting of that Duty they owe to him and themselves, they have VOL. II. L

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prayed Leave hereby to declare their most hearty Acceptance of the said Charter, and their humble Acknowledgments for the same, folemnly promiling, thac they will inviolably observe and keep the same, except as is therein cxcepted, and will neither directly nor indirectly contrive, propose, enact, or do any Thing or Things whatsoever, by Virtue of the Power thereby granted unto them, that shall or may rebound to the Prejudice or Difadvantage of the Proprietary and Governor, his Heirs and Successors, in their just Rights, Properties and Privileges, granted to him and them by the King's Letters Patents, and Deeds of Release and Feoffment made to him by JAMES, Duke of YORK and ALBANY, &c. and whom they desire may be hereby acknowledged and recognized the true and rightful Proprietaries and Governors of the Province of Pennsylvania, and Territories annexed, according to the King's Letters Patents, and Deeds of Release and Feoffment from James, Duke of York and Albany, unto the said Proprietary and Governor, his Heirs and Succeffors; any Thing in this Act, or any other Act, Grant, Charter, or Law, to the contrary of these Things herein and hereby explained, altered, limitted, promised, declared, and enacted, in any wise not withstanding."

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Seal of England, bearing Date the fourth Day of March, in the thirty and third Year of the King, for divers Considerations therein mentioned, hath been graciously pleased to give and grant unto me William Penn (by the Name of William Penn, Esq; Son and Heir of Sir William Penn, deceased) and to my Heirs and Afligns for ever, all that Tract of Land, or Province, called Pennsylvania, in America, with divers great Powers, Preheminences, Royalties, Jurisdictions, and Authorities, necessary for the Well-being and Government thereof.' And WHEREAS the King's dearest Brother, James, Duke of York and Albany, &c. by his Deeds of Feoffinent, under his Hand and Seal, duly perfected, bearing Date t'e four-and-twentieth Day of August, One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty and Two, did grant unto me, my Heirs and Alsigns, all that Tract of Land, lying and being from twelve Miles Northward of New-Castle upon Delaware River, in America, to Cape Hinlopen, upon the said River and Bay of Delaware Southward, together with all Royalties, Franchises, Duties, Jurisdictions, Liberties and Privileges thereunto belonging.

Now know ye, That for the well-being and good Government of the said Province, and Territories thereunto annexed, and for the Encouragement of all the Freemen and Planters, that may be therein concerned, in Pursuance of the Rights and Powers afore-mentioned, I the faid William Penn have declared, granted and confirmed, and by thefe Presents, for me, my Heirs and Affigns, do declare, grant and confirm unto all the Freemen, Planters and Adventurers of, in and to the said Province and Territories thereof, there Liberties, Franchises and Properties, fo far as in me lyeth, to be held, enjoyed and kept by the Freemen, Planters and Adventurers of and in the

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