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sity of the measure, and the executive officer in its administration. Thus Chap. IV.} 1609 the lives, liberty and fortune of the colonists were placed at the arbitrary will of a governor who was to be appointed by a commercial corporation. As yet not one valuable civil privilege was conceded to the emigrants. Chalmers, 25. Splendid as were the auspices of the new charter, unlimited as were the powers of the patentees, the next events in the colony were still more disastrous. Lord De La Ware, Walpole's Royal and Noble Authors, enlarged by Th. Park, II. 180—183. distinguished for his virtues, as well as rank, received the appointment of governor and captain-general for life; an avarice which would listen to no possibility of defeat, and which already dreamed of a flourishing empire in America, surrounded him with stately officers, suited by their titles and nominal charges to the dignity of an opulent kingdom. Smith, in III. Mass. Hist. Coll. an. 11, and Smith, II. 106.