An act for permitting Quakers to make an affirmation
The 45th bill to become an act in the Legislature of Nova Scotia, in the 2nd session of the 1759 (second) sitting.
“An act for permitting persons of the profession of the people called Quaker, to make an affirmation instead of an oath”
This could be said to be Dartmouth’s first bill, since that is where the Quakers were destined, and where they settled.
This is a bill of religious liberty, since Quakers refused to swear an oath because they believed “all who possessed the spirit of Christ would speak the truth on all occasions, in love for Him, and in obedience to His command”.