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Vigilance Committee Oath, undated
Vigilance committees were established throughout the United States primarily during the 19th century. In the West, their purpose often involved routing lawlessness especially in areas that lacked an effective law enforcement presence. These committees sought out murderers, robbers, and horse thieves, among others, and enacted their own sense of justice on the offenders they captured.
"Vigilantes and Vigilance Committees." Texas State Historical Association.
The Vigilance Committee oath, undated, contains an oath taken by members of a secret vigilance committee. The stated purpose of the committee involved the "mutual protection against thieves, murderers and robers [sic] and to assist the officers to mete out justice to all such parties."
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Vigilance Committee Oath, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Briscoe Center staff. Subsequent revisions made by Caroline Collins, November 2020.