Office of Notary Public
Rockbridge, Va., October 2nd 1865
I Robert E. Lee ofLexington Virginia do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Union of the States thereunder, and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves, so help me God.
R E Lee
Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 2nd day of October 1865
Chas. A. Davidson Notary Public
Source: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, General Records of the Department of State, RG 59.
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 11