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Catalog Number 1929.035.010m
Object Name Contract
Scope & Content Benjamin F. Witherell's handwritten oath of office as Lieutenant of the 1st Regiment of the Michigan Militia. It reads:

Michigan Territory
County of Wayne

I, Benjamin F. Witherell do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States of America so help me God.
I, Benjamin F. Witherell do swear that I will preform the duties attached to my office as Lieut in the first Regt. of Michigan Militia to the best of my abilities so help me God.
Benjamin F. Witherell
Sworn and [?] before me this twentieth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen.
Rich. J. Smyth, Justice of the Peace -D.D.

The document is an oath of office for Benjamin F. Witherell for Michigan Territory in the County of Wayne filed July 22, 1819. The oath is written in two paragraphs and signed by Benjamin F. Witherell in both sections. The oath was taken on the 20th of July and signed off by the Justice of the Peace Rich [?] Smyth [?]. "

Lieut. Benjamin F. Witherell's Oath of Office filed in my Office July 22 1819." is handwritten on the verso.
Date 1819
People Witherell, Benjamin Franklin Hawkins
Smyth, Richard
Extent of Description 7.60" x 12.41"
Collection Biographical
Search Terms Michigan Militia
US Army