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To the Honorable the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Lycoming in the second Judiciary District of the State of Pennsylvania, composing and holding a Court for said County the fourth day of September A.D. 1804.

The Peitition of Jacob Bower formerly a Native of Ireland [scratched out] Germany now residing in Loyalsock Township Lycoming County & State of Pennyslvania.

Most humble sheweth,

That your Peitioner is desirous of becomeing [sic] a Citizen of the United States, and enjoying the benefits and Protection of the good Laws and government thereof, Your Petitioner therefore prays your Honorable Court to grant his Petition, upon his faithfully complying with the requisite conditions of the Act of Congress, passed the 14th day of April 1802 entitled "An Act to establish an [sic] uniform rule of Naturalization; and to repeal the Acts heretofore passed on that Subject," & your Petitioner as in duty bound will pray.

The Subscriber, being duly sworn according to law, declares, that to his knowledge, the Petitioner Jacob Bower has resided within & under the Jurisdiction of the United States upwards of five years, and the year last past, in the State of Pennsylvania as this Deponant verily believes, during the whole of the above period he has behaved, as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.

Sworn and Subscribed in Open Court [the] fourth day of September 1804.


The Petitioner being first duly sworn according to law, declares, that he had never Borne any hereditary Title or been of any of the Orders of Nobility, in the Country from which he came; and that he will support the Constitution of the United States; and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and Fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to the [King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland] [previous words in brackets scratched out] Emperor of Germany to whom he was heretofore a subject.

Sworn and Subscribed in Open Court [the] fourth day of September 1804.



Submitted by Catherine Comeau [5Aug00]