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A page from the Royal Charter of the College of William and Mary.

Andros Copy
The contemporary manuscript copy in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library is thought to have been given to Sir Edmund Andros, the governor general of the colony of Virginia from 1692 to 1698. It is known that the Rev. James Blair brought both English and Latin versions of the twelve page charter with him from the Court of William and Mary at Kensington Palace. In a 1978 study of the charter, Prof. Frank B. Evans speculated that perhaps Ralph Wormeley, Secretary of the colony of Virginia, made this translation from Latin into English for Governor Andros.
This copy was purchased in 1977 and the image of its first page has been used on Charter Day programs, publication, websites, etc.

File nameAndrosCopyCharter.jpg
File Size1.6m
Dimensions1650 x 2508
Creation Date20060112
Linked toChristopher Robinson (Public Service)

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