Basic Jurisdictional Principles
A Theological Inventory of American Jurisprudence

Global Menu
Previous Page Next Page
  Article III § 3  
"In the name of God, amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. — Having undertaken, for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid, and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony. Unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign King James of England, France, and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fiftie fourth. Anno Domini 1620." 1

Article III § 3:

Article III § 3 defines the crime of treason. On its face, we see nothing wrong with it, so we’ll not address it at this time.


1The Light and the Glory, p. 120. This "Mayflower Compact" can also be easily found at (i)University of Oklahoma Law Center, URL:​hist/​mayflow.html; (ii)Yale’s Avalon Project, URL:​17th_century/​mayflower.asp; and (iii)The American Covenant: The Untold Story, ┬áp. 86.

copyright © 2013 Charles Raleigh Porter, III
[Copyright pertains to both software and literary content.]