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Laws passed by the first Assembly

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These are commonly known as "Dongan's Laws." The first chapter of the laws is the "Charter of Liberties and Privileges" which was passed by the assembly (first New York legislature) on October 17, 1683. Through these laws the English Colonial Governor, Colonel Thomas Dongan, a Catholic, extended freedom of religion and other important rights to the colony. This provision was included in substance in Section 38 of the Constitution of 1777.
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0.3 cu. ft.(1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1683-1684
Series Number:
A3078

Administrative History

See the following work for more information on the "Charter of Liberties": David S. Lovejoy, "Equality and Empire: The New York Charter of Liberties, 1683,"William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 21 (1964), 493-565.

Scope and Content Note

These are commonly known as "Dongan's Laws." The first chapter of the laws is the "Charter of Liberties and Privileges" which was passed by the assembly (first New York legislature) on October 17, 1683.

Through these laws the English Colonial Governor, Colonel Thomas Dongan, a Catholic, extended freedom of religion and other important rights to the colony. This provision was included in substance in Section 38 of the Constitution of 1777.

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Related Publications

David S. Lovejoy, "Equality and Empire: The New York Charter of Liberties, 1683," William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 21 (1964), 493-565.

Custodial History

This item (No. 5) was part of the Freedom Train exhibit that traveled the state from January 1949 to February 1950 (L. 1948, Ch. 659).

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