In House of Commons 5th December, 1809
Whereas it is contrary to the freedom and independence of our happy and beloved Government, that any person should be allowed to have a seat in this Assembly or to watch over the rights of a free People, who is not constitutionally qualified for that purpose. It is therefore made known that a certain JACOB HENRY, a Member of this House, denies the divine authority of the New Testament, and refused to take the Oath prescribed by Law, for his qualification, in violation of the Constitution of the State --
Resolved, that the said JACOB HENRY is not entitled to a seat in this Assembly, and that the same be vacated.
I certainly, Mr. Speaker, know not the design of the Declaration of Rights made by the people of this State in the year 1776, if it was not to consecrate certain great and fundamental rights and principles which even the Constitution cannot impair; for the 44th section of the latter instrument declares that the Declaration of Rights ought never to be violated, on any pretence whatever; if there is any apparent difference between the two instruments, they ought, if possible,____________________