These documents are foundational
to West Jersey history. They are the legal basis for all that happened afterward.
Some of them show the Stuart Monarchs at their most liberal. Others are amazing
for the breadth of their coverage.
These documents were
all copied from the
Avalon Project at Yale Law School. The Avalon project site contains transcriptions
of all the various colonial charters as well (as with this collection) some
other important early documents.
Click on the description
to see the document.
Duke of York’s Release to John Lord Berkeley, and Sir George
Carteret, 24th of June, 1664
Concessions and Agreement of the Lords Proprietors-1664
Explanation of The Concessions1672
Grant to the Lords Proprietors,
29th July, 1674
Fundamental Laws, of West New Jersey, — 1676
Deed : July 1st, 1676
of York’s 2nd Grant to William Penn, et. al. August
Of West New-Jersey in America, The 25th of the Ninth Month Called
to the 24 Proprietors: 14th of March 1682
from the Proprietors of East and West New Jersey, 1702
of New Jersey; 1776
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