Mayflower Compact: 1620

Agreement between the Settlers at New Plymouth: 1620

 

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

 

Mr. John Carver,

Mr. William Bradford,

Mr Edward Winslow,

Mr. William Brewster.

Isaac Allerton,

Myles Standish,

John Alden,

John Turner,

Francis Eaton,

James Chilton,

John Craxton,

John Billington,

Joses Fletcher,

John Goodman,

Mr. Samuel Fuller,

Mr. Christopher Martin,

Mr. William Mullins,

Mr. William White,

Mr. Richard Warren,

John Howland,

Mr. Steven Hopkins,

Digery Priest,

Thomas Williams,

Gilbert Winslow,

Edmund Margesson,

Peter Brown,

Richard Britteridge

George Soule,

Edward Tilly,

John Tilly,

Francis Cooke,

Thomas Rogers,

Thomas Tinker,

John Ridgdale

Edward Fuller,

Richard Clark,

Richard Gardiner,

Mr. John Allerton,

Thomas English,

Edward Doten,

Edward Liester.

Source:

The Federal and State Constitutions Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the States, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America Compiled and Edited Under the Act of Congress of June 30, 1906 by Francis Newton Thorpe.

Washington, DC: Government Printing Office1909.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fundamental Orders

 

In the spring of 1638 three Connecticut towns, Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield, chose representatives and held a general court at Hartford. At its opening session the Reverend Thomas Hooker preached a powerful sermon on the text that "the foundation of authority is laid in the free consent of the people." On January 14 following, by the Julian calendar in use at the time, which would be January 24, 1639, by today's Gregorian calendar, the constitution given here was adopted by the freemen of the three towns assembled at Hartford, and is usually named The Fundamental Orders. Nowhere in this great document is there a reference neither to our dread Sovereign "or" our gracious Lord the King, — nor to any government or power outside of Connecticut itself. It did not even limit the vote to members of Puritan congregations. This appears to be the first written constitution in the Western tradition which created a government, and it is easily seen to be the prototype of our Federal Constitution, adopted exactly one hundred and fifty years later. However, see also the Iroquois Constitution and the Mayflower Compact of earlier times.

Note that the year recorded in the document is 1638, because the British calendar in use at the time began the New Year on March 25 instead of January 1 as does the Gregorian calendar we use today. Britain did not convert to the Gregorian calendar until 1751, when 11 days had to be added to their dates to get the Gregorian dates. In 1639 they were 10 days behind the Gregorian calendar.


For as much as it hath pleased Almighty God by the wise disposition of his divine providence so to order and dispose of things that we the Inhabitants and Residents of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield are now cohabiting and dwelling in and upon the River of Connectecotte and the lands thereunto adjoining; and well knowing where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such a people there should be an orderly and decent Government established according to God, to order and dispose of the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require; do therefore associate and conjoin ourselves to be as one Public State or Commonwealth; and do for ourselves and our successors and such as shall be adjoined to us at any time hereafter, enter into Combination and Confederation together, to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess, as also, the discipline of the Churches, which according to the truth of the said Gospel is now practiced amongst us; as also in our civil affairs to be guided and governed according to such Laws, Rules, Orders and Decrees as shall be made, ordered, and decreed as followeth:

(1) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that there shall be yearly two General Assemblies or Courts, the one the second Thursday in April, the other the second Thursday in September following; the first shall be called the Court of Election, wherein shall be yearly chosen from time to time, so many Magistrates and other public Officers as shall be found requisite: Whereof one to be chosen Governor for the year ensuing and until another be chosen, and no other     Magistrate to be chosen for more than one year: provided always there be six chosen besides the Governor, which being chosen and sworn according to an Oath recorded for that purpose, shall have the power to administer justice according to the Laws here established, and for want thereof, according to the Rule of the Word of God; which choice shall be made by all that are admitted freemen and have taken the Oath of Fidelity, and do cohabit within this Jurisdiction having been admitted Inhabitants by the major part of the Town wherein they live or the major part of such as shall be then present.

(2) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that the election of the aforesaid Magistrates shall be in this manner: every person present and qualified for choice shall bring in (to the person deputed to receive them) one single paper with the name of him written in it whom he desires to have Governor, and he that hath the greatest number of papers shall be Governor for that year. And the rest of the Magistrates or public officers to be chosen in this manner: the Secretary for the time being shall first read the names of all that are to be put to choice and then shall severally nominate them distinctly, and every one that would have the person nominated to be chosen shall bring in one single paper written upon, and he that would not have him chosen shall bring in a blank; and every one that hath more written papers than blanks shall be a Magistrate for that year; which papers shall be received and told by one or more that shall be then chosen by the court and sworn to be faithful therein; but in case there should not be six chosen as aforesaid, besides the Governor, out of those which are nominated, than he or they which have the most written papers shall be a Magistrate or Magistrates for the ensuing year, to make up the aforesaid number.

(3) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that the Secretary shall not nominate any person, nor shall any person be chosen newly into the Magistracy which was not propounded in some General Court before, to be nominated the next election; and to that end it shall be lawful for each of the Towns aforesaid by their deputies to nominate any two whom they conceive fit to be put to election; and the Court may add so many more as they judge requisite.

(4) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that no person be chosen Governor above once in two years, and that the Governor be always a member of some approved Congregation, and formerly of the Magistracy within this Jurisdiction; and that all the Magistrates, Freemen of this Commonwealth; and that no Magistrate or other public officer shall execute any part of his or their office before they are severally sworn, which shall be done in the face of the court if they be present, and in case of absence by some deputed for that purpose.

(5) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that to the aforesaid Court of Election the several Towns shall send their deputies, and when the Elections are ended they may proceed in any public service as at other Courts. Also the other General Court in September shall be for making of laws, and any other public occasion, which concerns the good of the Commonwealth.

(6) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that the Governor shall, either by himself or by the Secretary, send out summons to the Constables of every Town for the calling of these two standing Courts one month at least before their several times: And also if the Governor and the greatest part of the Magistrates see cause upon any special occasion to call a General Court, they may give order to the Secretary so to do within fourteen days warning: And if urgent necessity so require, upon a shorter notice, giving sufficient grounds for it to the deputies when they meet, or else be questioned for the same; And if the Governor and major part of Magistrates shall either neglect or refuse to call the two General standing Courts or either of them, as also at other times when the occasions of the Commonwealth require, the Freemen thereof, or the major part of them, shall petition to them so to do; if then it be either denied or neglected, the said Freemen, or the major part of them, shall have the power to give order to the Constables of the several Towns to do the same, and so may meet together, and choose to themselves a Moderator, and may proceed to do any act of power which any other General Courts may.

(7) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that after there are warrants given out for any of the said General Courts, the Constable or Constables of each Town, shall forthwith give notice distinctly to the inhabitants of the same, in some public assembly or by going or sending from house to house, that at a place and time by him or them limited and set, they meet and assemble themselves together to elect and choose certain deputies to be at the General Court then following to agitate the affairs of the Commonwealth; which said deputies shall be chosen by all that are admitted Inhabitants in the several Towns and have taken the oath of fidelity; provided that none be chosen a Deputy for any General Court which is not a Freeman of this Commonwealth. The aforesaid deputies shall be chosen in manner following: every person that is present and qualified as before expressed, shall bring the names of such, written in several papers, as they desire to have chosen for that employment, and these three or four, more or less, being the number agreed on to be chosen for that time, that have the greatest number of papers written for them shall be deputies for that Court; whose names shall be endorsed on the back side of the warrant and returned into the Court, with the Constable or Constables' hand unto the same.

(8) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that Windsor, Hartford, and Wethersfield shall have power, each Town, to send four of their Freemen as their deputies to every General Court; and Whatsoever other Town shall be hereafter added to this Jurisdiction, they shall send so many deputies as the Court shall judge meet, a reasonable proportion to the number of Freemen that are in the said Towns being to be attended therein; which deputies shall have the power of the whole Town to give their votes and allowance to all such laws and orders as may be for the public good, and unto which the said Towns are to be bound.

(9) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that the deputies thus chosen shall have power and liberty to appoint a time and a place of meeting together before any General Court, to advise and consult of all such things as may concern the good of the public, as also to examine their own Elections, whether according to the order, and if they or the greatest part of them find any election to be illegal they may seclude such for present from their meeting, and return the same and their reasons to the Court; and if it be proved true, the Court may fine the party or parties so intruding, and the Town, if they see cause, and give out a warrant to go to a new election in a legal way, either in part or in whole. Also the said deputies shall have power to fine any that shall be disorderly at their meetings, or for not coming in due time or place according to appointment; and they may return the said fines into the Court if it be refused to be paid, and the Treasurer to take notice of it, and to escheat or levy the same as he does other fines.

(10) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that every General Court, except such as through neglect of the Governor and the greatest part of the Magistrates the Freemen themselves do call, shall consist of the Governor, or someone chosen to moderate the Court, and four other Magistrates at least, with the major part of the deputies of the several Towns legally chosen; and in case the Freemen, or major part of them, through neglect or refusal of the Governor and major part of the Magistrates, shall call a Court, it shall consist of the major part of Freemen that are present or their deputies, with a Moderator chosen by them: In which said General Courts shall consist the supreme power of the Commonwealth, and they only shall have power to make laws or repeal them, to grant levies, to admit of Freemen, dispose of lands undisposed of, to several Towns or persons, and also shall have power to call either Court or Magistrate or any other person whatsoever into question for any misdemeanor, and may for just causes displace or deal otherwise according to the nature of the offense; and also may deal in any other matter that concerns the good of this Commonwealth, except the election of Magistrates, which shall be done by the whole body of Freemen. In which Court the Governor or Moderator shall have power to order the Court, to give liberty of speech, and silence unseasonable and disorderly speaking's, to put all things to vote, and in case the vote be equal to have the casting voice. But none of these Courts shall be adjourned or dissolved without the consent of the major part of the Court.

(11) It is Ordered, sentenced, and decreed, that when any General Court upon the occasions of the Commonwealth have agreed upon any sum, or sums of money to be levied upon the several Towns within this Jurisdiction, that a committee be chosen to set out and appoint what shall be the proportion of every Town to pay of the said levy, provided the committee be made up of an equal number out of each Town.

14th January, 1638, the 11 Orders above said are voted.

 

 

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Formation, operations and functions of the Michigan General Jural Assembly by-laws of the sovereign members of Michigan, a Free and Independent state

 

Whereas, the assembly of We THE People being one of the principles most respected and powerful civil rights of the American People, and

 

Whereas, the concept of an assembly dates back to the early colonies and was included in the constitutions of the free republics of the United States of America, cir. 1787, as a means for the people to rein-in an elected government acting outside the limits of delegated power, and

 

Whereas, when a government appears to be committing criminal and un-Constitutional acts, it can hardly be relied upon to bring charges and indictments against itself.

 

Therefore, We THE People inhabiting the land of Michigan, a Free and Independent state, free men and women convened under God, having been granted by the Creator dominion over all the earth, to protect and restore the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, do hereby invoke our sacred right to peacefully assemble, as memorialized  in The unanimous Declaration of Independence of the thirteen united States of America, cir. 1776, The Articles of Confederation, cir. 1781, and the Constitution of Michigan, cir. 1850, and do hereby establish this Michigan General Jural Assembly of the sovereign people of Michigan, a Free and Independent state.

 

This Michigan General Jural Assembly, being formed and existing by right according to common law and lawfully assembled on the free dry land of the Michigan, a Free and Independent state, is not a part of the de facto incorporated bodies such as Political Action Committees (PACs) and any and all political parties. It functions as an entirely separate and independent body, void of affiliation with any and all partisan connections according to rights and powers granted by the Creator and vested in the people by the Bill of Rights that secure these rights to address Constitutional usurpations for the united States of America, cir. 1787 as amended in 1791.

 

This Assembly is composed of free men and women who have bound themselves by a Jural Covenant of Office Oath to review, deliberate and "Notice" the unlawfull acts and actions of public office holders. These Assembly members have sworn or affirmed to support, preserve, defend and protect the ‘Constitution of the united States of America' (circa 1787) and the Bill of Rights by autographing under oath or affirmation the ‘Jural Covenant of Office.' Michigan General Jural Assembly standing as guardians of Michigan, a Free and Independent state, one of the free republics in perpetual union with the Articles of Confederation in force after ratification by Maryland, 1 March 1781.

 

In addition, all Michigan General Jural Assembly members have autographed under oath or affirmation the ‘Jural Covenant of Office,' knowing full well that they are subject to serve as De Jure Grand Jury members and are selected by random draw and will serve a one year term.

 

The expressed meaning of the word “De Jure” used herein is “existing by right or according to law.”

 

Requirements and Qualifications for Michigan General Jural Assembly Membership:

1.      Be at least sixteen (16) years of age to join;

2.      Be domiciled on the land within the geographic boundaries of Michigan, a Free and Independent state for not less than one (1) year immediately prior to joining the assembly;

3.      Exhibit common sense, intelligence, good character and sound judgment;

4.      Cannot have been convicted of malfeasance in any public office, any felony or other high crime where there is an actual injured party.  Exceptions to the felony rule may be granted on a case by case basis depending on the nature of the felony conviction and must be approved by simple majority vote of 50% plus 1 by the Michigan General Jural Assembly;

5.      Cannot be holding a title of nobility or be an attorney holding membership of the BAR;

6.      Cannot be serving as a de facto corporate elected public official;

7.      Must autograph under oath or affirmation, the "Declaration of Independence" and the "Declaration of Unalienable Rights", blue ink documents cir. 2011.

 

Duties, Powers, and Responsibilities:

 

The Michigan General Jural Assembly reviews and evaluates procedures, methods and systems used by all governmental agencies to determine whether agency operations remain within lawfull limitations of constitutional authority and may also inquire into any aspect of special legislative districts and joint power agencies.

 

The jurisdiction of Michigan General Jural Assembly extends to the operations of any federal agency presuming to have authority to operate within the geographic boundaries of Michigan, a Free and Independent state which may affect or infringe the unalienable rights of the Sovereign people of Michigan.

 

The Michigan General Jural Assembly functions lawfully only as a body. No one individual assembly member acting alone has any power or authority. No one county has the authority or power to implement change or conditions to these by-laws on its own.

 

The members in good standing attending the assembly meetings shall constitute the quorum of the Assembly.

 

"Good Standing" means the member has all their documents up to date and on file with the recording secretary and is not under suspension or indictment for any cause or infraction.

 

Meetings of this Michigan General Jural Assembly are private meetings. Non-members must=shall be sponsored by a member in good standing to attend assembly meetings.

 

It is required all matters placed before this Michigan General Jural Assembly and votes taken must be kept as a continual record in the minutes of all the meetings, regularly scheduled and special=emergency scheduled meetings.

 

The Michigan General Jural Assembly takes action by peacefull means in redressing under review all government agencies. The end result of inquiries into civil matters may be released to the public in the form of a final report but only upon written request.

 

All matters voted on by Michigan General Jural Assembly shall by decided by simple majority of 50% plus 1 and all matters voted on shall be final in all matters.

 

The Michigan General Jural Assembly Serves These Primary Functions:

1.      To examine all aspects of government operations by initiating its own investigations; placing their findings before a "Board of Review" for disposition;

2.      To resolve disputes between governmental agencies and the people living and working within the geographic boundaries of Michigan, a Free and Independent state;

3.      To conduct investigations, and when the evidence is sufficient, to issue presentments to the "Board of Review" to initiate appropriate action by enforcement agencies responsible for prosecution;

4.      To oversee all government agencies and the office holders to ensure compliance with Constitutions, Lawfull statutes, Ordinances, Regulations, Codes etc., and to review and determine the lawfulness of all the listed directives;

5.      To oversee all County Settlement Assemblies; and to ensure that their duties, qualifications, purpose and scope conform to the Michigan General Jural Assembly as set forth herein, except limited to the respective county venue. Administrative oversight is placed under the Michigan General Jural Assembly to maintain concurrence and peacefull inter actions and harmony for all of We THE People on the free dry land of Michigan, a Free and Independent state;

6.      Establish a three (3) member "Board of Review" for infractions of these by-laws by any members failure to live up to this Operation and Functions=by-laws and expectations of the Michigan General Jural Assembly.

The Current Scope of Review of the Michigan General Jural Assembly is to:

  1. Inquire into the condition and management of our governmental offices=agencies and require the reset of the corporate style governance to the de jure style and function in common-law based on Biblical Principles as the original republic form of governance intended;

  2. Investigate and report on the operations, financial accounts and records of all government officers and agencies to include the various departments and their operational directives;

  3. Inquire into any observed or reported misconduct of public officers, present and past;

  4. Inquire into any observed or reported criminal conduct;

  5. To call forth a committee for investigation and give this committee the authority to investigate and review all issues presented to the Assembly by any member in good standing and any issue from a non-member presented by any member in good standing;

  6. To establish a "Board of Review" with the power and authority to issue summons and subpoenas to accomplish a thorough investigation and sentencing of culpable parties;

  7. The "Board of Review" shall commence oversight and review of all the abuses perpetrated on We THE People by the corporate government that has usurped our Republic form of governance.

 

 Election of Michigan General Jural Assembly Officers:

Election of officers shall take place yearly in the month of June by paper ballot by the assembly members in good standing. To hold an office in the General Jural Assembly the member must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and a member in good standing for six (6) months. Cannot be serving as a de facto corporate elected public official, cannot be holding a title of nobility or be an attorney holding membership of the BAR; Must autograph, under oath or affirmation, the “Jural Covenant of Office," "Declaration of Independence" and "Declaration of Unalienable Rights", blue ink documents cir. 2011.

 

Michigan General Jural Assembly Officers and their Duties:

 

The listed offices are to be filled by members that meet the requirements to hold office under these by-laws from 4 July to 3 July of the following year. The only exception is the Grand Jury Commissioner which is an appointed position for a three (3) year term for continuity of training and jury management. The appointment of a new Grand Jury Commissioner will take place at the two year anniversary of the present office holder to insure the new commissioner has a solid knowledge base to officially take office.

1.      Moderator-Foreman – Must ensure that the Michigan General Jural Assembly, as a whole, and each of the investigative committees, functions effectively and efficiently. The Moderator -Foreman shall have the authority to administer covenant oaths and affirmations, appoint "Boards of Review" and shall appoint the Michigan De Jure Grand Jury Commissioner.

2.      Moderator-Foreman Pro Tem - Generally supports the Moderator-Foreman, and in the absence of the Moderator-Foreman, assumes all responsibilities of the Moderator-Foreman.

3.      Recording Secretary - Generally assists the Moderator-Foreman in all matters while keeping an accurate record (minutes) of the proceedings of each meeting in the manner and scope of a scribe, handles in-coming and out-going  general purpose mail (snail mail).

4.      Recording Secretary Pro Tem - Generally supports the Recording Secretary, and in the absence of the Recording Secretary, assumes all responsibilities of the Recording Secretary.

5.      Communications Secretary - Handles computer communications and assists Recording Secretary with computer incoming and outgoing communications (email).

6.      Communications Secretary Pro Tem - Generally supports the Communications Secretary, and in the absence of the Communications Secretary, assumes all responsibilities of the Communications Secretary.

7.      Audio/Visual IT - Works with the video recordings to ensure safety and non-designated personnel from changing and corrupting the record. Assists in maintenance and storage of digital data records on secure servers.

8.      Audio/Visual IT Pro Tem - Manages the michigandejure.org web site, security, posting of data, manages the domain certificates.

9.      Treasurer - Handles all financial operations, including the reimbursement of jurors and payments on expenses of the grand jury as a whole. Must keep accurate records and submit a report to the Michigan General Jural Assembly at each meeting.

10.  Michigan De Jure Grand Jury Commissioner - Appointment – Shall oversee the jury member selection process, provides the orientation and training for the newly selected Grand Jury members; may function as advisory consultant to inhabitants of any Michigan county establishing a De Jure County Grand Jury under County Settlement Covenant. Co-ordinate initial information meetings and assists with recruiting. MDGJ Commissioners are by appointment and is appointed for three (3) years.

 

Removal of an Assembly Member from the Michigan General Jural Assembly:

 

Verified failure to exemplify high standards of behavior and attitude within the philosophy and direction of the Michigan General Jural Assembly or violation of these by-laws or failure to maintain status of "member in good standing" in any way will result in immediate suspension of all the member's privileges and immediate removal from any office held by the member at that time.

Disregard for the Jural Covenant of Office Oath shall be grounds for the member to be investigated and evaluated by a three member review board. Removal from the Assembly may be effected by the recommendation of the board of review and voted on by the assembly. These review boards will be appointed by the Moderator-Foreman for that incident only and dissolved after the review and decision is acknowledged by the Assembly.

County Settlement Administrative Oversight:

 

The individual county Assembly with established duties, qualifications, mission, purpose and scope, will conform to the Michigan General Jural Assembly as set forth herein, except limited to the respective county of venue. Administrative oversight is placed under the Michigan General Jural Assembly.

Failure of a County Assembly to address flagrant abuses by any member, it shall become the task of the State level Michigan General Jural Assembly to address the cause by making recommendations and if necessary initiate a County Administrative Oversight (CAO) "Board of Review" action.

Qualification and Selection Process for CAO "Board of Review" members:

There shall be three (3) members for this "Board of Review" with the authority to summons and subpoena all necessary evidence to deliberate and validate a claim or cause of action.

Potential candidates are given information about the duties of this "Board of Review" and the time commitment required. All candidates to serve as CAO "Board of Review" members are to attend an orientation presented by the Justices of the Judiciary members of the Michigan, a Free and Independent state. The members of this "Board of Review" are to be held to a demonstrated knowledge base of law and legal research and procedure. Future candidates are to be drawn from the local communities of all Michigan counties from which regular Assembly members are drawn and must be members in good standing.

The Michigan General Jural Assembly has the responsibility to impanel the three (3) member CAO "Board of Review" to address and commence oversight and review of all the abuses perpetrated on We THE People by the corporation that has usurped our Republic.

Addendums to these by-laws:

Any addendum to the Operations and Functions of the Michigan General Jural Assembly must be submitted in writing to the Moderator and the addendum shall be reviewed by the Assembly at a regularly scheduled meeting and shall be approved or rejected by simple majority vote of 50% plus 1. All addendums that are in force as of this writing shall remain in force as approved by the Assembly on the dates recorded in the Michigan General Jural Assembly meeting minutes.

 

Approved in Assembly, on Date:

Autographs of Members: