DescriptionPrinted Oath of Allegiance to King George II, Signed by William Pepperrell and 13 Others. Two pages, 8" x 12.5", n.p. [Boston], n.d. [circa 1727-1731]. A merchant and soldier in Colonial Massachusetts, Pepperrell is most remembered for organizing, financing, and leading the expedition that captured the French establishment at Fortress Louisbourg during King George's War. Pepperrell served in the Massachusetts General Court (1726-1727), and in the Governor's Council (1727-1759), 18 years of that time acting as council president.
Interesting two-page document with four printed oaths; one swearing fealty to King George II, one swearing allegiance to Great Britain, the third condemning the concept of "transubstantiation of the elements" (i.e. turning bread into wine, consuming the body and blood of Christ), and the last a declaration that "Our Sovereign Lord KING GEORGE the Second, is Lawful and Rightful KING of this Realm," renouncing "the Person pretended to be Prince of Wales during the Life of the late King James," swearing to report "all Treasons and Traiterous [sic] Conspiracies which I shall know to be against Him," and vowing to "Support, Maintain and Defend the Succession of the Crown."
Each page has been signed by 14 individuals, a list including the following names: Justice William Pepperrell, Chief Justice Sir William Pepperrell Jr., Associate Justices Tim Gerrish, Samuel Came, Joseph Moody, John Wheelwright, Elihu Gunnison, Roger Doaning, John Hill, Joseph Sayer, Jeremiah Moulton, Charles Frost, Samuel Moody, and Joseph Banks. Although the document is undated, at least 11 of the 14 signers had close ties to the court, which dates it to roughly 1727-1731. Very good. Chips along edges; minor separations at folds (one bearing old tape marks); glue stains along one edge of each page.
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