Friday, September 9, 2011

A traitor's forsaken oath

It's amazing what one comes across whilst surfing the Net. I actually found this at Wikipedia while looking at an article about Canadian republicanism, which led me to look at other stuff and eventually, voila! This photo of the broken oath by the infamous traitor Benedict Arnold. Interesting piece of American history this paper represents. I almost feel sorry for Arnold because his name became reviled in America second only to that of Judas Iscariot. Almost.

One interesting item you can see in this photo: look where Arnold wrote the word "swear" in. This presumably comes from the practice of allowing one to "swear" or "affirm" an oath due to religious objections from groups like the Quakers, something carried over into our Constitution.