An Ordinance and Constitution of the Virginia Company in England for a Council of State and General Assembly (24 July 1621)

An Ordinance and Constitution of the Virginia Company in England for a Council of State and General Assembly (24 July 1621)

  1. We’re trying to establish self-government in Virginia to help the people here to address injustice, grievances & oppression – or to avoid them by establishing supreme councils to assist the governor & increase strength, stability & prosperity of the colony
  2. We establish the treasurer, council & company under the Royal Seal, & say there’ll be 2 supreme councils in Virginia to improve the colony’s government
  3. 1 council, the Council of State, will assist, advise & provide guidance to the governor will be chosen, nominated, placed & displaced from time to time, consisting entirely of nobles. This is to help colonists, spread Christianity, maintain obedience to the king & protect citizens from enemies
  4. The 2nd council will be called by the governor once a year, consisting of 2 burgesses per town, called the General Assembly. They will decide all matters of local importance by majority rule. However, the Governor will have veto power
  5. The councils must follow procedures & make laws consistent with the English manner
  6. Now law will be a law until the councils have ratified them & they’ve been confirmed by the governor & approved by the company. This is to make them consistent with royal authority

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