Friday, January 31, 2014

Going Through Vermont Statutes Published in 1791: Imagine This Oath of Office Today

The book is very old: published in 1791.  The copy that I borrowed from the University of Georgia Law Library entered their collection April 10, 1900 -- by which it was already a very old book.  Rather than scan it, and possibly damage the binding (which has clearly been rebound since 1791) or the paper with a bright light, I used my new Canon 16 megapixel camera and a tripod to take pictures without a flash.  Here's the title page:

From the 1786 Vermont Constitution, this requirement that members of the legislature had to take:

Even the most insistent of social conservatives would not insist on such an oath today!

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