Loyalty Oath - 1699
[Document signed by 180 Albany
Albany the 4th day of January .
The Mayor*, Hendrik Hanse Esq., Jan Janse Bleeker,
Rekorder, together with Jan Vinnagen and Albert Rykman, Aldermen,
did meet at ye Citty Hall, where
all ye Inhabitants of this Citty were appointed to appear and take
ye oaths and sign ye test and association, who accordingly came, ye
Oath being administered to them by Robert Livingston Esq., one of
his Majesties Councill of this Province. The Oaths which each respective
person took, and ye Test and Association which each respective person
signed are as follows:
I, A. B. do hereby Promise and Swear yt I will
be faithfull and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King William,
so help me God.
I, A. B. do swear that I do from my heart abhor,
detest and abjure as Impiuous and Hereticall, yt damnable Doctrine
and Position, yt Princes Excommunicated or Deprived by ye Pope or
any authority of ye See of Rome, may be deposed or murthered by
their subjects or any other whatsoever.
And I doe delcare yt no foreign Prince, Person,
Prelate, State or Potentate, hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction,
Power, Superiority, Preeminence or Authority, Ecclesiasticale or
Spirituall within this Realm. So help me God.
We underwritten do solomnly and sincerely, in
ye presence of God, profess and declare yt wee doe believe yt in
ye Sacrament of ye Lord's Supper there is not any transubstantiation
of ye Elements of Bread and Wine into ye body and blood of Christ,
or after ye Consecration thereof by any person whatsoever, and yt
ye Invocation or Adoration of ye Virgin Mary and ye Sacrifice of
ye Mass, as they are now used in ye Church of Rome, are Superstitious
and Idolatrous, and we do Solemnly in ye presence of God, Profess,
Testify and Declare, yt we do make this declaration and every part
thereof in ye plain and ordinary Sense of ye words now read unto
us as they are commonly understood by English Prodistants without
any Evasion, Equivocation or Mentall Reservation whatsoever, and
without any Dispensation already granted for yt ppurpose by ye Pope
or any other authority or person whatsoever, or without any hope
of any such Dispensation from any person or authority whatsoever,
or without thinking yt we are or can be acquitted before God or
Man, or absolved of this Declaration or any part thereof, although
ye Pope or any other person or persons or power whatsoever should
dispense with or annull ye same, or declare that it was null and
void from ye beginning.
Whereas there has been a horrid and detestable
conspiracy formed and carried on by Papists and other wicked and
trayterous persons for Assassinating his Majesties Royal Person
in order to Incourage an Invasion from ffrance to Subvert our Religion,
Laws and Liberties, we whose names are underwritten do heartily,
sincerely and solemnly profess, testify and declare yt his present
Majesty King William is rightful and lawful king of these Realms,
and we do mutually promise and engage to stand by and assist each
other to ye utmost of our power in ye Support and Defence of his
Majesties most sacred person and government against ye late King
James ye pretended Prince of Wales and all theire adherents, and
in case his Majesty come to any violent or untimely death (which
God forbidd) we do hereby freely and unanimously oblige ourselves
to unite, associate, and stand by each other in Revenging ye same
upon his enemies and all their adherents, and in ye supporting and
defending ye succession of ye Crown according to an act made in
ye first year of ye Reign of King William and Queen Mary, intituled
an act declaring ye Rights and Liberties of ye Subjects, and settling
ye succession of ye Crown.
Jan Janse Bleeker,
Joh. Schuyler, aldrman
Wessel ten Broek,
Joh. Bleeker, assistant
Hend. van Dyck
Dirck Wessels, Junior
V. D. M.
Gerrit Van Ness
Joh. Livingston, D. C.
Volckert van Hoese
Jan van Streyen
Abraham Van Deusen
Samuel Ten Broeck
Jan Jansz Goes
Jan van Ness
Barent ten Eyck
Robert Livingston, Jun.
Jelles van Voiste
Albert Ryckman Jun.
Dirck Jansez Goes
Benony van Corlaer
Hend. ten Eyck
Pieter van Wogelen
Melgert van der
Abr. Janse Ayesteyn
William van Ness
Melgert van der
Philip de Foreest
Goose Van Schayck
Casper van Hoesen
Jurian Franse Claw
Ph. Lenderts Conyn
These are those of ye Citty yt have signed ye Test and Association.
Now follows those of Shennechtady.
[Following lists of the names of subscribers from elsewhere in Albany
County is the statement:]
Wee doe hereby Certify and Declare that the above
Subscribers to the Test being all the Male Inhavitants of ye Citty
of Albany from ye age of sixteen years and upwards, consisting of
one hundred and eighty men have taken ye Oaths established by act
of Parliament, in England, instead of ye oaths of allegiance and
supremacy which were tendered and administered by us pursuant to
his Excellency the Earl of Bellomont's Proclamation, and yt they
have also signed the Association, none of ye Inhabitants refusing
ye same except two Papists, called Frans
Pruyn a Taylor, and Peter
Villeroy a Frenchman, Laborer, who by reasons of their Perswasion
could not take ye same, but will willing to take an oath of fidelity
to his Majesty King William, only some few have neglected to appear
at ye time prefixed to take ye oaths and subscribe ye test and association,
but shall tender and administer ye same before ye time be expired
mentioned in ye said Proclamation. Whereof we doe by these presents
make this our Return to the Secretary's office at New York, in witness
whereof we have hereunto sett our hands and scales in Albany this
16 of January, 1699.
Printed in Annals
of Albany 3:273-77. Noted in the "Albany City Records, vol.
IV, 362." Transcribed from the printed version. Spelling and punctuation
have been retained! The Kinderhook portion of this document has been
transcribed and posted online.
"Dirck Wessels Junior" must refer to Dirck
Wesselse Ten Broeck," the only adult of that name alive at the time.
Schaets died in 1691.
Lists: Survey lists
like this one help us define the community mainline.
With 180 names, it compares closely with the 174 names on the census
of Albany householders taken in 1697.
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