James II, the bigoted successor of Charles the Voluptuous, had annulled the charters
of all the colonies, and sent a harsh and unprincipled soldier to take away our liberties and endanger our religion.
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.
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.
The settlers of all the former European colonies had contented themselves with the powers conferred upon them by their respective charters, without looking beyond the seal of the royal parchment for the measure of their rights and the rule of their duties.
It is noon, and we and all the people have been waiting patient for many an hour, and the rumour has run round that slippery John has again escaped from the Barons' grasp, and has stolen away from Duncroft Hall with his mercenaries at his heels, and will soon be doing other work than signing charters
for his people's liberty.
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.
For taking away our Charters
, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
It drew a barrage of criticism from supporters of charter
schools, the fastest growing sector in public education, who had sent out press statements casting doubt on its methodology and findings even before they were officially announced.
The authors conclude that charter
schools negatively affect performance, and that the public interest is not "well-served" by these schools.