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Catalog Number 2004.301.1
Object Name Certificate, Membership
Other Name Membership Award
Description When a person is made a member of the Merchant Taylors’ they must take an oath. George Peabody would have had to take the oath as well, even though he was an American. The oath reads:

The Oath of every person admitted to the Freedom of the Merchant Taylors’ Company.

"You shall swear you shall be true to our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria: you shall be good and true unto the Merchant Taylors of the Fraternity of St. John Baptist in the City of London, whereunto you be new admitted: You shall not withstand or disobey the Summon of the Master and Wardens of the said Mystery for the time being by their Officer therefore assigned; but to the same. Master and Wardens you shall be obedient and obeisant at all times, without you have a reasonable and lawful Excuse: You shall not discover the lawful Council of this Fraternity or Mystery that you shall have knowledge of which should be kept secret within yourself: You shall not conceal any Foreigner using the handicraft of Tailory or Merchandise, to dwell within the Franchises of the said City, but as soon as you know it, you shall warn the Chamberlin of the same City thereof, or some Minister of the Chamber, that he may do due Correction therein as belongeth to his office to do: You shall cover no Foreigner in any wise under your own Franchises, to your profit and singular Advantage of the said Foreigner,; upon the Pain that is contained in an Ordinance thereof made: You shall take no Foreign Covenant Man unto you Service, but only of your own Mystery such as have well and truly served as Apprentices Seven Years within the said City, or else Apprentices duly bound without Fraud or male Engine. And at the Beginning of their Terms, or before, you shall bring them to this Place, and then present before the Master and Wardens according to the Ordinances and here the Indentures to be made. And every such Apprentice you shall cause to be enrolled within the First Year of his Term as the custom asketh. You shall not entice nor withdraw any Man’s Apprentice or Covenant Servant till that reasonable departing may be made between the Master and the several. These Points, and all other good Rules and Ordinances made and to be made not repealed nor reversed, you shall obey, keep and maintain, to your Power, as near as God will give your Grace.

God Save the Queen! "
Date ca. 1850-1868
Dimensions H-22 L-18 inches
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Merchant Taylors' Company (London, England)
Merchant Taylors' Company (London, England)--History.
Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)
Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)--History--Artifacts
Peabody, George, 1795-1869
Peabody, George, 1795-1869 - Awards
Peabody, George, 1795-1869--History
Legal Status Property of Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA