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    [Revolutionary War] Continental Army Loyalty Oath Document Signed Twice "Dan Tucker". One page, 6.5" x 8.125", partly-printed form completed in manuscript, October 10, 1780, Fort Schuyler [New York], a combination loyalty oath and oath of office for Daniel Tucker for his new position as assistant deputy quartermaster. Only two weeks after the discovery of Benedict Arnold's treason, Tucker swears that, in part: "... I will to the utmost of my Power, support, maintain, and defend the said United States, against the said King George the Third, his Heirs and Successors, and his and their Abettors, Assistants, and Adherents, and will serve the said United States in the Office of Ast. Dy Q Master for Fort Schuyler which I now hold, with fidelity, according to the best of my Skill and Understanding." In a bow to the interests of Quakers who refused to swear oaths, the document leaves the place for "swear" blank leaving open the option to either "swear" or "affirm" their allegiance (Tucker wrote "Swear"). The document continues with a second affirmation, this time affirming that Tucker would fulfill his duties in his new office. Also signed twice "P Cortlandt Colo" (likely Col. Philip Van Cortlandt, future New York congressman). A rare and unusual document. A few toned spots, usual folds, otherwise very fine condition.

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