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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 the Exchange.
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 in any alig ting 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 liold 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 herein before 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 al 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.
ACT OF RE-INCORPORATION
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
TO REMOVE DOUBTS CONCERNING THE CORPORATION OF THE CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE, AND TO CONFIRM THE RIGHTS. AND PRIVILEGES THEREOF.
Passed the 13th April, 1784.
Preamble. WHEREAS, GEORGE THE THIRD, King of Great Britain,
did, on the thirteenth day of March, one thousand seven · hundred and seventy, grant certain letters patent to the persons therein named, under the great seal of the then colony of New York, which said letters patent are in the words following, that is to say:
(Here follows a recital of the preceding Charter.) Reciting the
And whereas, SAMUEL BROOME, JEREMIAH PLATT, JOHN petitioners for a BroomE, BENJAMIN LEDYARD, THOMAS RANDALL, RobCorporation. ERT BowNE, DANIEL PHENIX, Jacob Morris, ELIPHALET
Brush, JAMES JARVIS, JOHN BLAGGE, VINER VAN ZANDT, STEPHEN SAYRE, JACOBUS VAN ZANDT, NATHANIEL HazARD, THOMAS HAZARD, ABRAHAM P. LOTT, ABRAHAM DuryEE, WILLIAM MALCOLM, JOHN ALSOP, ISAAC SEARS, JANES BEEKMAN, Abraham Lott, COMFORT SANDS, JoSEPH BLACKWELL, Joshua Sands, LAWRENCE EMBREE, GEORGE EMBREE, GERARDUS DUYCKINCK, Jun., CORNELIUS RAY, ANTHONY GRIFFITHS, THOMAS TUCKER, John BERRIAN, Isaac ROOSEVELT, John FRANKLIN, John H. Kıp, Henry H. Kipp, ARCHIBALD Currie, David CURRIE, and JONATHAN LAWRENCE, all of the said city, merchants, have by their humble petition set forth, that the said letters patent, and the powers and privileges exercised and enjoyed under the same, have greatly promoted the commercial interests of this State, and that great and daily inconveniences and injury are suffered by the suspension thereof, and have prayed that the said letters patent, with all and singular the powers and franchises therein contained, may be revived, confirmed and established :
of the present Chamber of
1. Be it therefore enacted by the people of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said letters patent, and all and singular the powers, rights, privileges, franchises and immunities therein and thereby granted, shall be, and the same are hereby ratified and Charter of tho confirmed; and the said letters patent, and all and every
Commerce conother former rights, privileges, franchises and immunities firmed, therein and thereby granted, shall be and remain in full force and efficacy, notwithstanding any non-user or mis- notwithstanduser of any of the said powers, rights, privileges, franchises ing. angetwon: and immunities heretofore had, committed, done or suf-the fered, between the nineteenth day of April, one thousand the date of this seven hundred and seventy-five, and the day of the passing Act. of this Act. And the said SAMUEL BROOME, JEREMIAH Members Platt, John BROOME, BENJAMIN LEDYARD, Thomas RANDALL, ROBERT BowNE, DANIEL PHENIX, JA- Commerce. COB MORRIS, ELIPHALET Brush, JAMES JARVIS, John BLAGGE, VinER VAN ZANDT, STEPHEN SAYRE, JACOBUS VAN ZANDT, NATHANIEL II AZARD, Tuomas HAZARD, Abraham P. Lott, Abraham DURYEE, William MalCOLM, John Alsop, Isaac SEARS, JAMES BEEKMAN, ABRAHAM LOTT, Comfort Sands, Joseph BLACKWELL, Joshua SANDS, LAWRENCE EMBREE, GEORGE EMBREE, GERARDUS DUYCKINCK, Jr., CORNELIUS Ray, ANTHONY GRIFFITIS, THOMAS TUCKER, John BERRIAN, Isaac ROOSEVELT, John FRANKLIN, Joun II. Kıp, HENRY H. KIP, ARCHIBALD CURRIE, David CURRIE and JONATHAN LAWRENCE, shall and may for ever hereafter remain, continue, and be a body corporate and politic in deed, fact Name of the and name, by the name of “THE CORPORATION OF THE Der CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK, and by that name to sue, plead and be impleaded, and to answer and to be answered.
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2. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Names of the That the said John Alsop shall be the present President, President, Viceand the above named Isaac SEARS the present Vice- Treasurer President; that the above named John Broome, the Secretary. present Treasurer, and the above named John BLAGGE, Their contingthe present Secretary of the said Corporation, who shali ance in office. hold, possess and enjoy their said respective offices, until the first Tuesday in May now next ensuing ; and in case any or either of the said persons hereby nominated and appointed to the respective offices aforesaid, shall happen to die, or shall neglect or refuse to act in or execute, or shall be removed from such office or offices respectively, before the said first Tuesday in May next, that then, and When and how in every such case, it shall and may be lawful for the shall be elected members of the said body corporate to meet at such time to
dency, &c. and times, and such place and places within the said
city as they shall for that purpose appoint, and upon such notices or summons as have heretofore been used and established by the said body corporate, and then and there, by the majority of such as shall so meet, to elect and choose other or others to the said office or offices respectively, in the place of him or them so dying, or neglecting or refusing to act, or being removed, in the manner heretofore used in the annual elections of the like officers, which person or persons so elected and chosen, shall enjoy and exercise the said office or offices, and all and singular the privileges and powers thereto belonging or appertaining, until the said first Tuesday in May next.
3. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid,
That the Corporation of the Chamber of Commerce of All former
the State of New York, and their successors, shall and rights, &e; to may for ever hereafter, peaceably have, hold, use and the present Cor- enjoy all and every the rights, powers, liberties, priviporation, leges, franchises, usages, lands, tenements, estates and
hereditaments, which have heretofore, by virtue of the above recited Charter, been given or granted unto the said Corporation, by the name of the Corporation of the Chamber of Commerce in the City of New York, in America.
Note.-For amendments to the Charter of the Chamber of Com merce, see the Sixteenth Annual Report of the Chamber, Part I.. pp. 206-214, and the Twentieth Annual Report, Part I., pp. 215, 216