after August 15, 1865. Partly Printed Document Signed "Danl Pittman / Ordinary" and "Danl Pittman," 1 page, 7.25" x 4.75". Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. Completed in manuscript. Certifying that William M. Williams took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America on August 15, 1865. Filled out and signed within the next six years, by Pittman as Ordinary (i.e. Judge), once as he had signed as a witness to Williams' 1865 signature and again certifying that "the foregoing is a true copy of the original oath administered by me to the foregoing deponent, the date and day above written." Form printed by the "Atlanta Intelligencer." Matted and framed to 12" x 10". In apparent fine condition.In full, "United States of America. Georgia, Fulton County. I do solemnly swear, or affirm, in 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. Wm M. Williams. Sworn to and subscribed before me at Atlanta this 15th day of Aug 1865."Captain William M. Williams (1828 - 1887) had served in Company C, Fulton Dragoons, Cobbs Legion of Cavalry. His brother James E. Williams (1826 - 1900), a staunch secessionist, served as Mayor of Atlanta from 1866 - 1868. Judge Daniel Pittman (1793 - 1871) represented Gwinnett County in the Georgia State Senate.While similar oaths from Arkansas, Texas, and Alabama are not all that uncommon, this is the only Georgia oath we have ever handled or seen on the market. Oaths of the less rare variety can fetch $3,000 - $4,000. (Inventory #: 61051)
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