Friday, 23rd of June 2017

Friday, 23rd of June 2017

Located at Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral (named Trinity Church until its merger with St. Philip's in 1992) in Newark, this tablet commemorates the 275th anniversary of the granting, on February 10, 1665, of the Concessions and Agreements, the first constitution of the province of New Jersey, then known as Nova Caesarea. The tablet, which was unveiled by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey on May 10, 1940, also commemorates the commissioning of Philip Carteret as Governor of the Province.

ConcessionsAndAgreements

 

 

 

TO COMMEMORATE the GRANTING
of the CONCESSIONS and AGREEMENTS,
the FIRST CONSTITUTION of
the PROVINCE of NEW JERSEY, by
LORD JOHN BERKELEY, BARON
of STRATTON, and SIR GEORGE
CARTERET, KNIGHT and BARONET,
LORDS PROPRIETOR, to the SETTLERS of
their PROVINCE of NOVA CAESAREA or
NEW JERSEY, on FEBRUARY 10, 1665, and
to COMMEMORATE the COMMISSIONING
of PHILIP CARTERET as GOVERNOR of
the PROVINCE on the SAME DATE,
this TABLET is ERECTED on the TWO
HUNDRED and SEVENTY-FIFTH
ANNIVERSARY by the SOCIETY of
COLONIAL WARS in the STATE
of NEW JERSEY. 1940

 

 

Concessions and Agreements was signed by the Lord Proprietors of East Jersey, Lord John Berkeley, Baron of Stratton, and Sir George Carteret, Knight and Baronet. The full name of the document was The Concessions and Agreement of the Lords Proprietors of the Province of New Caesarea or New Jersey, to and with all and every [of] the adventurers, and all such as shall settle or plant there. The document was issued as a proclamation of the structure of the government for the colony. It promised religious freedom to all inhabitants of New Jersey and also declared that the Proprietors would be charged with appointing governors. The original document is housed in the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton.

Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral is located at the intersection of Broad Street and Rector Street. A small stone edifice with a steeple was erected in 1743 on virtually the same site as the present cathedral. Three years later, King George II granted a charter to Trinity Church. The Society's tablet is placed just to the left of the right-hand doorway on Broad Street.