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Colony of Massachusett's-Bay, 1776: We the subscribers, do each of us severally for ourselves, profess, testify and declare, before God and the world, that we verily believe that the war, resistance and opposition in which the United American Colonies are now engaged, against the fleets and armies of Great-Britain, is on the part of said colonies, just and necessary. And we do hereby severally promise, covenant and engage
1 sheet ( p.) ; 34 x 21 cm.
The so-called "test oath" as prescribed by an act passed by the Massachusetts General Court on May 1, 1776.
Imprint supplied by Evans.
Printed area measures 15.4 x 14.5 cm. Lower half of sheet is blank for subscribers' names.
N-YHS copy inscribed in manuscript: Wm. Reed [and 13 others]
Shipton & Mooney,
Ford, W.C. Broadsides,
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