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(char'tĕrz), Avoid the incorrect forms Charter and Charter's.
W.J., U.S. dentist. See: Charters method.
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His predecessor under the old charter, Bradstreet, a venerable companion of the first settlers, was known to be in town.
But the English lawyers had decided that Parliament was omnipotent--and Parliament, in its omnipotence, instead of trial by jury and the Habeas Corpus, enacted admiralty courts in England to try Americans for offences charged against them as committed in America; instead of the privileges of Magna Charta, nullified the charter itself of Massachusetts Bay; shut up the port of Boston; sent armies and navies to keep the peace and teach the colonies that John Hampden was a rebel and Algernon Sidney a traitor.
They were the productions of different minds and of adverse passions; one, ascending for the foundation of human government to the laws of nature and of God, written upon the heart of man; the other, resting upon the basis of human institutions, and prescriptive law, and colonial charter.
Under every species of discouragement, they undertook the voyage; they performed it in spite of numerous and almost insuperable obstacles; they arrived upon a wilderness bound with frost and hoary with snow, without the boundaries of their charter, outcasts from all human society, and coasted five weeks together, in the dead of winter, on this tempestuous shore, exposed at once to the fury of the elements, to the arrows of the native savage, and to the impending horrors of famine.
By their voluntary association they recognized their allegiance to the government of Britain, and in process of time received whatever powers and authorities could be conferred upon them by a charter from their sovereign.
Over the rapids, where in after years trim Bell Weir lock will stand, they have been forced or dragged by their sturdy rowers, and now are crowding up as near as they dare come to the great covered barges, which lie in readiness to bear King John to where the fateful Charter waits his signing.
He had the king's charter in his keeping, and was appointed the first governor of Massachusetts.
He holds the charter in his hand, and a Bible is under his arm.
In Hartford stands the famous oak in which the charter of King Charles was hidden.
For eight-and-forty hours let me charter your ship --I will gladly pay for it, and roundly pay for it --if there be no other way --for eight-and-forty hours only --only that --you must, oh, you must, and you shall do this thing.
This is a national study, which includes states that have just much more recently passed charter school laws and typically in those states, you get more of a concentration of charters in urban, underserved communities, so it takes a couple of years to get the students they're serving back on track,'' Larson said.
Bifulco and Ladd's negative conclusion about North Carolina charters is much less certain than it appears.