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Cullen, John: Naturalization Record, Henrico County

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Philada Oct. 24" 1840

Doct. P. Cullin

My Dear Sir

In obedience to your request I have this day made very minute inquiry relative to the paper required by your brother to enable him to complete the process of naturalization. It appears that no "declaration book" was kept in the office at the time your brother filed his intentions of becoming a citizen of the U States --- and consequently, if he did make oath, there is no record of it. No other document except the one inclosed [sic] in your fav: of 21st can therefore be given - and it is herewith returned to be used hereafter in some other manner - or in accordance with the following suggestion Being very earnest in my exertions I asked Judge King (Presiding Judge) what could be done. His reply was rather too professional to be accurately understood by me - but if I am not much mistaken, he stated that if Doct Jn Cullen were personally present his oath of naturalization could now be taken and the whole routine completed on his swearing that he then (in 1817) did swear as required by law. He used the words "pro tune" and seemed to intimate that if by any mistake of the clerk the declaration had been omitted, it could be supplied "as if then" recorded in due form.