In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what does hiding the charter mean to the king?
King Charles granted Connecticut a charter. This charter guaranteed "every right and privilege." It also guaranteed their land and the laws that the citizens of Connecticut had established.
During a meeting with Governor Treat, the charter lay on "the table in plain sight." As the evening came, the room grew dark. Candles were lit, but the room became very warm. It also was filled with smoke because of all the lit candles required to light the room. To relieve the occupants of the room from the heat and smoke, "someone opened a window." This caused a draft to come inside through the window and it "blew out the candles." The candles were relit, but this task took time. When the room was once again filled with the brightness of candlelight, it was discovered that the charter had vanished.
When William came to see Matthew to tell the story of what had happened, he assured him that the charter was safely hidden. Whoever took the charter had committed an act of "serious insubordination to the King." This was an act of rebellion against the authority of the King of England.