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Hanson's Laws of Maryland 1763-1784
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                                THOMAS JOHNSON, Esq; Governor.

any one of the judges thereof, or before any county court of this state, repeat and
subscribe a declaration of his belief in the christian religion, and take, repeat and
subscribe, the following oath, or affirmation of a quaker, menonist or dunker, to
wit:  " I, A. B. do swear, or affirm, that I will hereafter become a subject of the
" state of Maryland, and will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the said state,
" and that I do not hold myself bound to yield any allegiance or obedience to any
" king or prince, or any other state or government," (which said oath, or affirmation,
and subscription aforesaid respectively, the governor and the council, the
general court, or any one judge thereof, or any county court, are hereby empowered
to administer and take) shall thereupon and thereafter be deemed, adjudged
and taken, to be a natural born subject of this state, and shall be thenceforth entitled
to all the immunities, rights and privileges, of a natural born subject of
this state; provided that no person who shall become a natural born subject of
this state, by virtue of this act, shall be appointed to any civil office, or eligible
as governor, member of the council, or general assembly, or as a delegate to
congress, unless such person shall have resided within this state seven years previous
to such election or appointment, and shall have the property and estate required
by the constitution and form of government to execute any of the said
offices respectively.

1779.

CHAP.
    VI.

deemed
natural born
subjects, &c.

    III.  And be it enacted, That the clerk of the council shall, before the session
of every general court, return a list of the names of the persons who shall take
and subscribe the said oath or affirmation, and make the said declaration respectively,
before the governor and the council, and the time when taken and made,
to the clerk of the general court, to be entered by him among the minutes of the 
said court; and any judge of the general court, administering and taking the said
oath or affirmation, shall return to the next general court a list of the names
of the persons who shall take and subscribe the said oath or affirmation, and make
the said declaration respectively before him, and the time when taken and made,
to the clerk of the general court, to be entered by him among the minutes of the
said court.
Lists to be returned
to the
clerk of the
general court,
&c.
    IV.  And be it enacted, That a certificate by the clerk of the council or by
any judge of the general court, or by the clerk of the general or any county court,
of any person's having taken and subscribed the said oath or affirmation, and
having made and subscribed the said declaration, or a certificate by the clerk of
the general court, that it appears by the return of any judge of the said court entered
among the minutes, of any person's having taken and subscribed the said
oath or affirmation, and having made and subscribed the said declaration, shall be
deemed and taken to be a sufficient testimony and proof thereof, and of his being
a natural born subject, and as such shall be allowed in every court of this state.
Certificate by
the clerk of
the council,
&c. a sufficient
testimony,
&c.
    V.  And, to encourage such foreigners to come and settle in this state, Be it
enacted
, That no tax shall be imposed in any such foreigner coming into this state,
and taking and subscribing the declaration, and oath or affirmation, aforesaid, or
his property, for the term of two years after his arrival in this state.
No tax to be
imposed on
foreigners for
two years.
    VI.  And, to encourage such foreigners tradesmen, artificers and manufacturers,
to come and settle in this state, Be it enacted, That no tax shall be imposed on
any such foreigner, being a tradesman, artificer, or manufacturer, coming into
this state, and taking and subscribing the declaration, and oath or affirmation
aforesaid, or his property, for the term of four years after his arrival in this state.

Nor on foreign
tradesmen
for four
years.
                                            CHAP. VII.
An ACT to prohibit, for a limited time, the exportation of wheat, flour, rye, Indian
    corn, rice, bread, beef, pork, bacon, live stock, peas, beans, oats, and
    other victual.

    To continue until the end of the next session.  Expired.

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