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Every voter at the proposed election shall be a freeman, Oath and Declaration to be taken by a person elected before he can take a seat in the Convention


Friday, June 21, 1776.

The Conference met.

On motion, Resolved, unanimously, That every voter at the proposed election shall be a freeman; and, if thereunto required by any of the Judges or Inspectors, shall, before his vote is received, take the foregoing Test.

Resolved, unanimously, That any persons qualified to vote for Members of Assembly by the laws of this Province may be elected a Member of Convention; provided that he shall have resided at least one year immediately preceding the said election in the City or County for which he shall be chosen, and shall, before he takes his seat in Convention, take the following Oath or Affirmation, viz:

"I, ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, do declare that I do not hold myself bound to bear allegiance to George the Third, King of Great Britain, &c˙, and that I will steadily and firmly, at all times, promote the most effectual means, according to the best of my skill and knowledge, to oppose the tyrannical proceedings of the King and Parliament of Great Britain against the American Colonies, and to establish and support a Government in this Province on the authority of the people only, &c. That I will oppose any measure that shall or may in the least interfere with or obstruct the religious principles or practices of any of the good people of this Province as heretofore enjoyed."

Also, Resolved, That no person elected to serve as a Member of Convention shall take his seat, or give his vote, until he shall have made and subscribed the following Declaration:

"I, ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, do profess faith in God the Father and in Jesus Christ his Eternal Son, the true God, and in the Holy Spirit, one God, blessed forevermore; and do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration."