1789.005: Congressional Act Regulating Administration of Oaths.

Published: 1789

Full Title: In Council, June 23, 1789. The governor laid before the board a letter from the president of the United States, inclosing a copy of an act of Congress, intituled, "An act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths"---whereupon it is advised, that 200 copies thereof be struck, and that two of them be transmitted to each of the Superior and County Courts within this state. ...

Author: Virginia. Council of State.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Augustine Davis

Description: 1 sheet [2 pgs.]; 35 cm. (broadside, printed recto and verso).


Sheet lacks printer credit; Council ordered Augustine Davis to produce this item, so making Davis the designated printer of federal documents for the use of the various entities of state government through early 1791, hence the attribution here. Text opens with a circular letter from the Council reporting distribution of the act; continues with a reprinting of the act itself; then closes with printed signatures of Speaker Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Vice President John Adams, and President George Washington (showing enactment of the law on June 1, 1789), and of Sam. A. Otis, Secretary of the Senate, and John Beckley, Clerk of the House of Representatives (attesting to correctness of the transcription).

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