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of Record, having common law jursidiction, and a clerk and seal), and applied to the said court to be admitted to become a citizen of the United States of America, pursuant to the directions of the Acts of Congress of the United States of America in relation to naturalization: And the said A. B. having thereupon produced to the court such evidence, made such declaration and renunciation, and taken such oaths as are by the said acts required : Thereupon it was ordered by the said court that the said A. B. be admitted, and he was accordingly admitted by the said court a citizen of the United States of America.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said court, this

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THE IMPERIAL Acts, 1870 AND 1872.*

The forms to be used under these Acts are not given in a schedule to the Acts, as in the case of the Canadian Act, but are prescribed by Regulations and Instructions issued in pursuance of the Act by Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State.f Although the Canadian forms are for the most part taken from these, the course of procedure differs very much. There, the application for a certificate of naturalization is made to one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State; and a memorial to that official setting forth the facts of the case is the foundation of the proceeding. The requirements as to evidence are more ample and perhaps more stringent than in Canada. If a reason were sought for this, it would most probably be found in the widely different circumstances of the two countries in regard to population and area of territory requiring settlement. It may be of use in certain cases arising under the Canadian Act to refer to the procedure under the Imperial Acts, which is regulated by instructions and forms prescribed by Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State. The instructions for common naturalization are as follows:

(A) Instructions for Aliens applying for Certificates of


1. Any alien desirous to obtain a certificate of naturalization must present to one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State a memorial, praying for the grant of such certificate.

Statutes Canada, 1872, pp. ix., xlix., lix. + 13 Hertslets, 1292.

2. The memorial must state

(1). Of what foreign state the applicant is a subject.

(2). His name, address, age, profession, trade, or other occupation.

(3). Whether he is married, and has any children under age residing with him, and if so, to state their names and ages.

(4). That during the period of eight years preceding the application, the applicant has for five years resided within the United Kingdom (the place or places of such residence being specified), or that during the same period of eight years he has for five years been in the service of the Crown (the post in which he served being specified).

(5). That he intends to reside in the United Kingdom or to serve under the Crown.

3. The applicant must verify the statements in his memorial by a statutory declaration, made before a magistrate or other person authorized to receive such declarations in pursuance of the Act passed in the 5th and 6th years of His late Majesty King William IV., chapter 62.*

4. The statements in the memorial must be further verified, and the respectability and loyalty of the applicant vouched for by a declaration made in like manner by four householders who are natural-born British subjects, and neither of them the agent or solicitor of the memorialist. The declaration may be made by such declarants jointly or by each separately; but each of the declarants must in his declaration state, as to himself, the fact that he is a householder and a natural-born British subject, the place of his residence, and the period during which he has personally known the applicant.

* As to extra-judicial oaths.

5. (Names the fee to be paid.)

6. After obtaining the grant of a certificate the grantee must take and subscribe the oath of allegiance, a blank form whereof will be annexed to the certificate.

7. The oath of allegiance may be taken and subscribed :

In England or Ireland :

In the presence of any Justice of the Peace, or any Commissioner authorized to administer oaths in Chancery.

In Scotland :

In the presence of any Sheriff, Sheriff-substitute, or Justice of the Peace.

8. (As to fee for the administration of the oath.)

9. After taking and subscribing the oath of allegiance, the grantee of the certificate shall cause the oath to be registered at the Home Office.

10. After registration the certificate and oath of allegiance will be re-delivered to the grantee of the certificate.

Home Office, August, 1870.

For other Instructions and Forms in use in the United Kingdom, see 13 Hertslets, 1292.


A naturalized British subject, applying for a passport to facilitate his travelling in foreign countries will receive one with the qualification mentioned in the statute, inserted as follows :-" This passport is granted with the qualification that the bearer shall not, when within the limits of the foreign State of which he was a subject previously to obtaining his certificate of naturalization, be deemed to be a British subject, unless he has ceased to be a subject of that State in pursuance of the laws thereof, or in pursuance of a treaty to that effect.*

Applications in England for Foreign Office Passports are made in writing to Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs with the word “Passport" written upon the cover.

They are granted to those who are either known to the Secretary of State or recommended to him by some person who is known to him, or upon the application of any banking firm established in London or in any other part of the United Kingdom.

Foreign Office Passports must be countersigned at the Mission in London, or at some Consulate in the United Kingdom of the Government of the country which the bearer of the passport intends to visit. +

It is requisite that the bearer of every passport granted by the Foreign Office should sign his passport before sending it to be visèd at any Foreign Mission or Consulate in England : without such signature either the visa may be refused, or the validity of the passport questioned abroad. I

* Joel's Consuls' Manual, 361, and p. 65 ante. + 10 Hertslets, 283.


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