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Petition of the Community of Christians called Menonites


Monday, June 12, 15 Geo. III, 1775.

A Petition of the community of Christians, called Menonites, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, that the Petitioners hold it to be contrary to the holy word of God to swear in any matter whatsoever; so that they cannot become witnesses in matters of controversy depending in any Court; nor can execute the office of executor of any testament; nor undertake the administration of any intestate' s estates; whereby they suffer many inconveniences; and therefore praying, that they may have the same liberty of affirming to the truth of any matter, as is indulged to the people called Quakers, whose religious persuasion that of the Petitioners nearly resembles.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the consideration of the Committee of Religion; and that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same with their opinion thereupon to the House.