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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Oath of allegiance for the North Carolina Council of State
North Carolina. Council of State
January 13, 1777 - April 06, 1784
Volume 11, Pages 363-365

[From MS. Records In Office of Secretary of State]

I, A. B., do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to the State of North Carolina, and to the powers and authorities which may be established for the Government thereof not inconsistent with the Constitution, and that I will to the utmost of my power maintain and defend the same against all attempts whatsoever. And I do declare that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath or ought to have

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any jurisdiction, power, superiority, preeminence or authority, civil or ecclesiastical within the same, and I do solemnly and sincerely declare that I do believe in my conscience that neither George the Third king of Great Britain nor the Parliament thereof jointly with the said king, or separately, have any right or Title to the Dominion or Sovereignity over this State or to any part of the Goverment thereof and I do renounce, refuse and abjure any allegiance or obedience to them or either of them or to any person or persons put in Authority by or under him or them, and I do swear that I will to the utmost of my power defend the said State against all Traiterous Conspiracies and attempts whatsoever that shall be made against the same and I will do my utmost endeavour to disclose and make known to the Legislature or Executive powers of the said State, all treasons and traiterous Conspiracies, which I shall know to be carried on or intended against the said State, and I do faithfully promise to the utmost of my power to support, maintain and defend the Independence of this State against him the said George and all other persons whatsoever, and all these things I do plainly and sincerely acknowledge and swear according to these express words by me spoken and according to the plain and common sense and understanding of the same words without any Equivocation, Mental Evasion or secret Reservation whatsoever. And I do make this acknowledgement, abjuration and renunciation and promise, heartily, willingly and truly, upon the true faith of a Christian. So help me God.

New Bern 16th, January 1777.
R. Caswell.
Corn'l Harnett.
Joseph Leech.
Edward Starkey.
J. Glasgow.
J. G. Blunt.
Martin Ferry.
W. Haywood.
Thos. Eaton.
James Coor.

Kinston 5th, August 1777
W. Haywood,
Edwd. Starkey,

New Bern
19 Dem'r. 1777.
Thos. Craike,

1777, 5 Febry.
Chas. Forbes.
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New Berne the 11th day of June 1777.
R. Caswell.
Will'm. Gray.
Joseph Leech.
Thos. Bonner.
William Taylor.
J. Glasgow.

September 2d, 1777.
Thos. Eaton.

April 6th, 1784.
Abraham Wathan.
Mann Phillips.