Petition of William Lake for Naturalization
To the Honorable the Court of Common Pleas of Cambria County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Petition of William Lake of Cambria Township humbly Sheweth, that your Petitioner is a native of Monmouthshire England and was heretofore a Subject of Victoria first Queen of England and that he has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States of America for five years and within the State of Pennsylvania for one year, and that two years prior to this application, that is to say, on the first day of April AD 1840 at a Court of Common Pleas of said county of Cambria your petitioner declared his intention of becoming a citizen of the United States, in the manner required by law as in and by the Records of said Court reference being thereto had appears that he will support the Constitution of the United States; and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and forever abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince potentate and Sovereignty whatever and particularly to Victoria first, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland whereof he was heretofore a Subject. Your petitioner therefore prays that he may be admitted to be a citizen of the United States of America.
William X Lake (his mark)
I William Lake do Swear that the facts set forth in my petition, are true and that I will support the Constitution of the United States and that I do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince potentate and Sovereignty whatever, and particularly, absolutely and certainly renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to Victoria first Queen on Britain………………
(I didn’t receive the rest of this but it appears to be more of the above)
Declaration of William Lake
The declaration of William Lake his solemn oath represents that he was in Monmouthshire in England about the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety five that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States and to sever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince potentence or sovereignty whatever and particularly to Victoria first Queen of Great Britain and Ireland of whom he was heretofore a subject. The said William Lake makes report and registry as follows: Name- William Lake, Birthplace – Monmouthshire, England, Age- 45 years; Nation and allegiance Great Britain – Place whence he migrated, Bristol, England; Place of settlement, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Sworn and subscribed in open court the first day of April AD 1840 William X(his mark) Lake
William A. Smith, Proxy.