1664-66 KING'S COMMISSIONERS. The crown dispatched four commissioners to New England to secure aid in the war against the Dutch, investigate the governments of the colonies, settle boundary disputes, and see that the Navigation Acts were enforced. They laid down four conditions for compliance: (1) that all house holders take an oath of allegiance to the crown, (2) that all men of competent estates be freemen, (3) that all of orthodox belief be admitted to existing churches or churches of their own choosing, and (4) that all laws derogatory to the crown be expunged. Plymouth (17 Feb 1665), Connecticut (20 Apr.), and Rhode Island (3 May) agreed to comply, but Massachusetts, which had made a pretense of admitting nonchurch members to the franchise by qualifying all ratable at 10s. (23 July 1664), refused further compliance (19-24 May 1665). Three out of the four commissioners recommended the cancellation of the Massachusetts charter.When, in 1666, the king commanded the Bay Colony to send representatives to England to answer charges, the General Court refused to comply.(The Encyclopedia of American History Edited by Richard B. Morris, professor of history, Columbia University, Harper and Brothers, New York, 1953, p. 38.)