And First Black Sheriff?
C 202/206/1, Part 1

I Nathaniel Wells - do sincerely Promise and Swear that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to his Majesty King George
So help me God.
I Nathaniel Wells - do Swear that I do from my Heart abhor detest and abjure as impious and heretical that damnable doctrine and position that Princes Excommunicated or deprived by the Pope or any authority from the See of Rome may be deposed or murthered by their Subjects or any other whatsoever. And I do declare that no foreign Prince Person Prelate State or Potentate hath or ought to have any jurisdiction power superiority preeminence or authority Ecclesiastical or Spiritual within this Realm.
So help me God.
[signature] Nath[anie]l Wells

I Nathaniel Wells - do swear that I will well and truly serve the Kings Majesty in the Office of Sheriff of the County of Monmouth and promote his Majesty's profit in all things that belong to my Office as far as I legally can or may    I will truly presente the Kings rights and all that belongeth to the Crown I will not assent to decrease lesson or conceal the Kings rights or the rights of his Franchises and whensoever I shall have knowledge that the rights of the Crown are concealed or withdrawn be it in Lands Rents Franchises Suits or Services or in any other matter or thing I will do my utmost to make them to be restored to the Crown again and if I may not do it myself I will certify and inform the King thereof or some of his Judges    I will not respite or delay to levy the Kings debts for any gift promise reward or favor where I may raise the same without great grievance to the Debtor    I will do right as well to Poor as to Rich in all things belonging to my Office    I will do no wrong to any Man for any Gift Reward or Promise nor for favor or hatred    I will disturb no Mans right and will truly and faithfully acquit at the Exchequer All those of whom I shall receive any debts, or duties belonging to the Crown    I will take nothing whereby the King may lose or whereby his right may be disturbed injured or delayed.   I will truly return and truly serve all the Kings Writs according to the best of my skill and knowledge    I will take no Bailiffs into my service but such as I will answer for and will cause each of them to take such Oaths as I do in what belongeth to their Business or Occupation    I will truly sett and return reasonable and due Issues of them that be within my Bailiwick according to their Estates and Circumstances and make due Panels of Persons able and sufficient and not suspected or procured as is appointed by the Statutes of this Realm    I have not sold or lett to farm nor contracted for, nor have I granted or promised for Reward or Benefit nor will I sell or lett to farm nor contract for, or grant for reward or benefit by myself or any other person for me or for my use directly or indirectly my Sheriffwick or any Bailiwick thereof or any Office belonging thereunto or the profits of the same to any person or persons whatsoever    I will truly and diligently execute the good Laws and Statutes of this Realm and in all things will and truly behave myself in my Office for the Honour of the King and the good of his Subjects and discharge the same according to the best of my Skill and Power
So help me God
[signature] Nat[hanie]l Wells

George the third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland King Defender of the Faith To Sir Charles Morgan Bar[one]t   George Buckley Esquire   John Evans   James Evans   and William Greenfield  Gentlemen Greeting know Ye that we have given unto you any three or two of you power and authority to take the Oath of our Welbeloved Nathaniel Wells Esquire our Sheriff of our County of Monmouth duly and faithfully to Execute the said Office according to the form of a certain Schedule hereunto annexed And Likewise to take the Oaths of the said Nathaniel Wells according to the form of the Oaths specified in a certain Act of Parliament made in the first year of the Reign of William and Mary late King and Queen of England and so forth The Tenor of which is likewise inclosed in these presents And therefore we firmly enjoin and command you any three or two of you by the fidelity in which you are bound to us that you duly administer the Oaths aforementioned and when you shall have so done that you do deliver unto the said Nathaniel Wells our Letters Patent to him granted of the said Office which we send you by the bearer of these presents And that when the said Oaths shall be so taken you do certify the same to us in our Chancery under the Seals of you any three or two of you distinctly and openly without delay returning unto us this Writ together with the Schedules and form aforesaid Witness ourself at Westminster the twenty fourth day of January in the Fifty Eighthyear of our Reign
[signatures] Plumer

We humbly certify that by virtue of the within Writ to us and others directed we did on the ninth day of February 1818 administer and receive the Corporal Oath of the within named Nathaniel Wells upon the Holy Gospel of God according to the tenor and effect of the Oaths contained in the Schedules to this writ annexed as we are within commanded
[signatures] Geo[rge] Buckle
J[ohn] Evans
Ja[me]s Evans

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