on the first Day of June 1861 on Saturday Justice Clark was Sent Down to the Washington navy yard For to administer the oath of allegiance to the mechanics and the Labouring Class of working men With out Distinction of Colour for them to Stand by the Stars and Stripes and defend for the union and Captain Dalgreen Present and I believe at that time I Michael Shiner was the first Colered man That had taken the oath in washington DC and that oath Still Remains in my heart and when I taken that oath I taken It in the presence of God without predudice or enmity to any man And I intend to Sustain That oath with the assistance of the Allmighty God until I die for when a man takes an oath For a Just cause it is more than taking a Drink of water Sitting Down to his Breakfast.

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