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or in such other manner and form as shall be regulated by the by-laws or regulations of our said Corporation, And elect one elect or choose one President, one or more Vice-Presi- President, one dent or Vice-Presidents, one or more Treasurer or Treas- Presidents, one urers, and one Secretary, to serve in the said offices for the ensuing year, who shall immediately enter upon their Secretary, respective offices, and hold, exercise and enjoy the same respectively from the time of such election, for and during the space of one year, and until other fit persons shall be elected and chosen in their respective places, according beben die persons to the laws and regulations aforesaid. And in case any of the said persons by these presents nominated and appointed to the respective offices aforesaid, or who shall hereafter be elected and chosen thereto respectively, shall die, or on any account be removed from such offices respectively before the time of their respective appointed the presenicer services shall be expired, or refuse or neglect to act in shall die or be

removed, and execute the office for which he or they shall be so elected and chosen, or is or are herein nominated or appointed, that then, and in any and every such case, it others may be shall and may be lawful for the members of our said elected, body corporate hereby erected to meet at such time and times, and at such place and places within our said City of New-York, and upon such notices and summons upon notice givas shall for that purpose be established and directed by the by-laws or regulations of our said body corporate, and there, by the majority of such of them as shall so by a majority of meet, elect and choose other or others to the said offices Votes, respectively in the place of him or them so dying, removing, neglecting, or refusing to act in manner and form, and after the same method to be observed in the annual elections of the like officers respectively, by virtue of these our letters patent, and the said by-laws or regulations of our said Corporation, hereby giving and granting that such person or persons as shall be so elected and chosen by the majority of such of the said members as shall meet in manner aforesaid, shall have, hold, exercise who shall exerand enjoy such the office or offices to which he or they until the first of shall be so elected and chosen, from the time of such May following. election until the first Tuesday in May then next ensuing, and until other or others be legally chosen in his or their place and stead, as fully and amply, to all intents and purposes whatsoever, as the person or persons in whose place he or they shall be chosen might or could have done by virtue of these presents. And our will and pleasure is, and we do hereby for us, our heirs and successors, ordain, direct and require, that every President, VicePresident, Treasurer and Secretary to be elected by virtue of these presents, shall, before they act in their respectivo offices, take an oath or affirmation to be to them administered by the President, or in his absence, by one of the

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us, our heirs and successors, give and grant to the duty. Corporation of the Chamber of Commerce in the City of

New-York, in America, and their successors for ever, ihat

besides the annual meeting of our said Corporation herein The first Tues- before directed and appointed to be held on the first day in May in every year.

Tuesday in May in every year, it slrall and may be lawful for them, their heirs and successors, for ever hereafter, for promoting and carrying into execution the landable intents and designs aforesaid, and for the transacting the business and concerns of our said Corporation, to meet together on the first Tuesday in every month, for ever, at such place or places in our said City of New-York as shall for that purpose be established, fixed, ascertained and appointed by the by-laws and regulations of our said Corporation; and that the members of our said Corporation being so met, or so many of them in number at the least as shall by the by-laws or ordinances of our said Corporation be for that purpose from time to time established,

directed, ordained or appointed, shall, together with the The President President or any one of the Vice-Presidents of our said the Vice Pres. Corporation for the time being, be a legal meeting of our dents, with such said Corporation ; and they or the major part of them so members as the met, shall have full power and authority to adjourn from by-laws direct,

a legai day to day, or for any other time, as the business of our meeting to aid said Corporation may require, and to do, execute and perto-day, form all and every act and acts, thing and things whatso

ever which the said Corporation of the Chamber of Com

merce in the City of New York, in America, are or shall transact by these our letters patent be authorized to do, act or business,

transact, in as full and ample manner as if all and every of the members of the said Corporation were present. And that at any such legal meeting of the said Corporation, they shall and may in writing, under the common seal, make, frame, constitute, establish and ordain, from time to time, and at all times hereafter, such laws, constitutions, ordinances, regulations and statutes, for the better government of the officers and members of the said Corporation, for fixing and ascertaining the places of meeting of our said Corporation as aforesaid, and for regulating all other their affairs and business as they, or the major part of them so legally met, shall judge best for the general good of the said Corporation, and profitable for the more effectually promoting the beneficial designs of their institution ;-all which laws, constitutions, regulations, ordinances and statutes so to be made, framed, constituted, established and ordained as aforesaid, we will, command and ordain by these presents for

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us, our heirs and successors, to be from time to time and at all times hereafter, kept, obeyed and performed in all and be obeyed, things as the same ought to be, on the penalties and amercements in the same to be imposed and limited, so as the same laws, constitutions, regulations and statutes be reasonable in themselves, and not repugnant or contrary so that they are to the laws and statutes of that part of our kingdom of

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or contrary to Great Britain called England, nor of our said province the of New-York. And, for the keeping up and preserving and New-York. for ever hereafter a succession of members for the said Corporation, our will and pleasure is, and we do hereby cession of memfor us, our heirs and successors, ordain and give and grant bers, to the said Corporation of the Chamber of Commerce in the City of New York, in America, and their successors for ever, that at any of the stated legal meetings of the at stated meetsaid Corporation, to be held on the first Tuesday in every

ings only, month for ever hereafter, but at no other meeting of our said Corporation, it shall and may be lawful for them and their successors for ever, to elect and choose, in such to manner and form, and upon such terms and conditions, choose, as shall be directed, ordained and established for that purpose by any of the said by-laws, statutes, constitutions or ordinances of the said Corporation, such and so many persons to be members of the said Corporation as they shall think beneficial to the laudable designs of the said Corporation ; which persons, and every of them so from time to time elected and chosen, shall, by virtue of these who are to have presents and of such election, be vested with all the all the privipowers, authorities and privileges which any member of member is here the said Corporation is hereby invested with. And in by case any other extraordinary meeting or meetings of the said Corporation shall at any time or times be judged meeting,

Extraordinary necessary for the promoting the interest and business of the said Corporation, we do hereby for us, our heirs and successors, will, declare and ordain, that it shall and may be lawful for our said Corporation to meet from time to time, at such days and times, and at such places to meet in our said City of New

York, and such notices or notice, summons as shall for that purpose from time to time be settled, established, directed, ordained and appointed for that purpose, shall, together with the President, or one of the Vice-Presidents of the said Corporation for the time being, be a legal meeting of the said Corporation; to be legal, and they, or the major part of them so met, shall have full power and authority to act, transact, do and perform all and singular whatsoever may be transacted, done and performed at any of the hereby stated meetings aforesaid of the said Corporation, saving and except the but not to elect electing members, making laws, ordinances and statutes, members, make and disposing of the real estates of the said Corporation. of real estate. And our will and pleasure is, that until the same shall be

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otherwise regulated as aforesaid, that the meetings of the

said Corporation shall be held in the great room of the To be held in building commonly called the Exchange, situate at the

lower end of the street called Broad-street, in the said

City of New-York; and that until the same shall be also No act done otherwise regulated as aforesaid, that no act done in any

meeting to be valid fun meeting of the said Corporation shall be legal, good or less given valid, unless the President, or one of the Vice-Presidents, number be present.]

and twenty others of the members of the said Corporation at the least be present, and the major part of them consenting thereto. And we do further give and grant to the said Corporation of the Chamber of Commerce in the City of New York, in America, that it shall and may be lawful for the President of the said Corporation, at all times hereafter for ever, to appoint a door-keeper, one or more messenger or messengers, and all such other inferior officers as shall by him be thought necessary for the said Corporation, and to displace them, and any or every of them, at his will and pleasure. Provided, nevertheless, that no such door-keeper, messenger or other officer shall hold his or their office or offices by virtue of any such appointment longer than until the then next lawful meeting of our said Corporation, unless such person or persons so appointed shall be then approved of by the majority of such of the members of the said Corporation as shall then be met. And we do further, of our special grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, for us, our heirs and successors, grant and ordain, that when and as often as the President, or any Vice-President, Treasurer or Secretary of the said Corporation shall misdemean himself in his or their said offices respectively, and thereupon a complaint or charge in writing shall be exhibited against him or them, by any member of the said Corporation, at any legal meeting or meetings of the said Corporation, that it shall and may be lawful for the members of the said Corporation then met, or the major part of them, from time to time, upon examination and due proof, to suspend or discharge such President, VicePresident, Treasurer or Secretary, from their offices respectively, although the yearly or other time for their respective services shall not be expired, any thing before in these presents contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. And further, we do by these presents for us, our heirs and successors, give and grant unto the said Corporation of the Chamber of Commerce in the City of New York, in America, and their successors for ever, that this our present Charter shall be deemed, adjudged and construed in all cases most favorably, and for the best benefit and advantage of our said Corporation, and for promoting the good intentions and designs hereinbefore expressed, inducing us graciously to grant the same; and that this our present grant, being entered on record as hereinafter is expressed, or the enrolment thereof, shall be for ever hereafter good and effectual in the law, according to our true intent and meaning hereinbefore declared, without any other license, grant or confirmation from us, our heirs and successors, hereafter by the said Corporation to be had or obtained, notwithstanding the not reciting or misrecital, or not naming or misnaming of the aforesaid offices, franchises, privileges, immunities or other the premises, or any of them, and although no writ of ad quo damnum, or other writs, inquisitions or precepts hath been upon this occasion had, made, issued or prosecuted, any statute, act, ordinance or provision, or other matter or thing to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. In testimony whereof, we have caused these our letters to be made patent, and the great seal of our said province to be hereunto affixed, and the same to be entered on record in our Secretary's office, for our said province, in one of the books of patents there remaining.

Witness our trusty and well-beloved CADWALLADER COLDEN, Esquire, our Lieutenant-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of our said province of New York and the territories depending thereon, in America, by and with the advice and consent of our Council for our said province, at Fort George, in our City of New York, this thirteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy, and of our reign the tenth.

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