308 PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONVENTION [1776.
gislature of this state, is injurious and oppressive to the good peo-
ple thereof, and ought to be prevented? Carried in the negative.
Mr. Fitzhugh, Mr. Fischer, Mr. Deye,
J. Mackall, Ridgely, Stevenson,
Mr. Barnes, Mr. Carroll, Mr. Kent,
Fenwick, J. Wilson, Bruff,
Plater, Edelen, S. Wright,
Jordan, Beall, Edmondson,
Dent, Stull, Gibson,
Parnham, J. Smith, Potter,
Grahame, J. T. Chase, Mason,
Bowie, Archer, Dickinson,
B. Hall, Gilpin, Johnson,
Sprigg, Ewing, Gust. Scott,
Marbury, D. Smith, Geo. Scott,
Hammond, Brevard, Horsey,
J. Hall, Earle, Chaille,
Worthington, T. Smyth, Bishop,
S. Chase, T. Wright, Mitchell.
Mr. Jordan has leave of absence on account of the sickness of
Adjourned till 3 o'clock.
In progression on reading the declaration of rights, on motion
of Mr. Earle, That the following be inserted as an article therein ?
" That all persons who from religious scruples esteem it unlawful
to take an oath on any occasion, may be allowed to make their
solemn appeal or affirmation in all civil and criminal cases, in
such manner as their religious principles have induced them to
point out for the attestation of the truth." The previous question
was called for and put, Whether the above question be now put ?
Carried in the negative.
It was then moved by Mr. Johnson, that the following be insert-
ed as an article in the declaration of rights; "That the manner of
administering an oath to any person, ought to be such as those of
the religious persuasion, profession or denomination of which such
person is one, generally esteem the most effectual confirmation by