1661-63 CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND CHARTERS. The Restoration threatened the independent existence of Connecticut (which had no charter) and Rhode Island (whose charter, 1644, now had no legality). Through the influence of Lord Saye and Sele, John Winthrop, Jr. (Governor since 1657), obtained a royal charter for Connecticut (3 May 1662), whose boundaries were defined as Massachusetts on the north, Long Island Sound on south, Narragansett Bay on the east, and the South Sea on the west. Since this grant included Providence, an agreement was entered into between Winthrop and John Clark, Rhode Island agent, to limit Connecticut's eastern limits to the Pawcatuck. The charter granted Rhode Island (18 July 1663) guaranteed religious freedom regardless of "differences in opinion in matters of religion." In implementing the charter provisions, the General Assembly (Mar. 1664) repealed the law requiring approval by the towns of laws of the General Court.