L. John Nuttall records John Moore denying there being an oath of vengeance in the endowment.

Nov 8, 1889
Personal Journal / Diary
John Moore
Scribed Paraphrase

Jedediah S. Rogers, ed., In The President's Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttall, 1879-1892 (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2007), 384, November 8, 1889

L. John Nuttall, Signature Books
Joseph Lipman, John Moore, L. John Nuttall, Benjamin W. Driggs, Jr.
L. John Nuttall

In the U.S. 3rd Dist Court today, Judge Anderson presiding, the cases of admission to citizenship in the U.S., a brother John Moore having passed all question[s] & before being sworn a Mr Hurd and Mr Jos. Lipman asked him if he had taken an oath in the Endowment House against the Government of the United States, to which he answered no. But these men insisted that such an oath is taken. Atty B[enjamin] W. Driggs Jr said that Mr Lipman's statement was untrue and objected to the Court considering the rites of any secret organization upon the assertion of an officious and irresponsible person. The court ruled if any organization requires an oath against the Government, we have the right to get at it. After further remarks, the Court said, ["] The issue will be confined to ascertaining whether there is required of those who go through the Endowment House an oath that is inconsistent with the duties of a citizen. Other sacred rites or obligations shall not be interfered with. Congress has made special laws against this organization and its members, and if there is an oath that is incompatible with the duties of a citizen, that fact should be known.["]

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