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bled, and by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of September next all foreign merchants, traders, artificers, artizans, manufacturers, workmen, feamen, farmers, and others, who shall transport him, her, or themselves, to settle in any part of this kingdom, shall after his, her, or their arrival within this kingdom, and after his, her, or their taking the following oath, (or affirmation if a Quaker,) before the chief magistrate of any city or town corporate in this kingdom, for the time being, who is hereby authorised to administer the said oath, and thereupon to certify his, her, or their doing thereof unto his majesty's high court of chancery, to remain on record, shall be deemed, adjudged, and reputed, liege, free, and natural subject or subjects of this kingdom, in every respect, condition, and degree, to all intents, constructions and purposes, as if he, she, or they, had been or were born within this kingdom, any law or statute to the contrary notwithstanding, whilft he, she, or they, shall reside within this kingdom, viz.

" I A. B. do take Almighty God to witness, $ that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance as to our most gracious sovereign lord king ç George the third, and him will defend to the " utmoft of my power against all conspiracies

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« and attempts whatever that shall be made “ against his person, crown, and dignity; and I " will do my utmoft endeavour to disclose and “ make known to his majesty and his heirs, all “ treasons and traiterous conspiracies which may “ be formed against him or them: And I do « faithfully promise to maintain, support, and " defend, to the utmost of my power, the suc« cession of the crown in his majesty's family, “ against any person whatsoever, hereby utterly renouncing and abjuring any obedience or al« legiance unto the person taking upon him« self the file and title of Prince of Wales in ự the lifetime of his father, and who since his « death is said to have assumed the stile and title " of king of Great Britain and Ireland, by the " name of Charles the third ; and to any other " person claiming or pretending a right to the “ crown of these realms: And I do swear that I “ do reject and detest as impious to believe, that « it is lawful to murder or destroy any person « whatsoever for, or under pretence of being a " heretick; and also that impious principle, that « no faith is to be kept with hereticks; I fur" ther declare, that it is no article of my faith, “ and that I do renounce, reject, and abjure the « opinion, that princes excommunicated by the “i pope and council, or by any authority of the


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« fee of Rome, or by any authority whatsoever, “ may be deposed or murdered by their subjects, “ or by any person whatsoever; and I do pro« mise that I will not hold, maintain, or abet, “ any such opinion, or any other opinion con« trary to what is expressed in this declaration : 66 And I do declare, that I do not believe that " the pope of Rome, or any other foreign " prince, prelate, state, or potentate, hath or « ought to have any temporal or civil jurisdic« tion, power, superiority, or pre-eminence, diof rectly or indirectly, within this kingdom : « And I do solemnly, in the presence of God “ Almighty, profess, testify, and declare, that I « do make this declaration, and every part " thereof, in the plain and ordinary sense of the " words of this oath, without any evasion, equi“ vocation, or mental reservation whatever ; and “ without any dispensation already granted by the os pope, or any authority of the fee of Rome, rc or any person whatever, and without thinking “ that I am or can be acquitted before God or « man, or absolved of this declaration, or any as part thereof, although the pope, or any other « person or authority whatsoever, shall dispense

with or annul the same, or declare that it was “ null and void from the beginning.

“ So help me God.”


Provided always, that no persons naturalized by this act shall be enabled to serve in the present or any future parliament, nor to be of his majesty's privy council, nor to hold any office of trust, civil or military, in this kingdom.

Be it enacted, &c. that in case any person or persons shall give any interruption or disturbance to any merchant, trader, artificer, artizan, manufacturer, workman, seaman, farmer, or others aforesaid, to the hindering him in his working, buying, or selling, as aforesaid, contrary to the intent and meaning of this present act, every such person or persons shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of twenty pounds, to be recovered by complaint before any justice of the peace of this kingdom, (who is hereby impowered to examine and determine the same,) on the oath of one or more credible witness or witnesses; which penalty shall be paid over, one moiety to the informer, and the other moiety to the poor of the parish where such offence shall be committed; and to be levyed by warrant under the hand and seal of such magistrate, and by the sale of the offender's goods.

And for the greater encouragement of strangers to come and reside in this kingdom, be it enacted, &c. that all such strangers who shall


come and settle in any corporation, town, city, or borough, in this kingdom, shall be freed from being obliged to undergo any corporation or parish offices, for the terın of seven years after their coming into this kingdom.


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