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Office of Notary Public

Rockbridge, Va., October 2nd 1865




I Robert E. Lee ofLexington Virginia do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Union of the States thereunder, and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves, so help me God.

R E Lee


Sworn to and subscribed before me

this 2nd day of October 1865


Chas. A. Davidson Notary Public




Source: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, General Records of the Department of State, RG 59.


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 11