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I, JOHN H. KING, Commissioner of the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of Alabama, hereby certify, that on the twelfth day of August 1865, at Huntsville Ala., personally appeared before me, Laurence H Scuggs of the County of Madison and State of Alabama, who being duly sworn, took and subscribed before me the following oath:


I do hereby 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. 

(signed) L.H. Scuggs

As witness his above signature to said Oath, and also my signature and Seal of Office, the day and year aforesaid. 

{Seal} {5 cent Stamp}  (signed) John H. King
U.S. District Court Commissioner.
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