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 for Burgess oath
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burgess \Bur"gess\, n. [OE. burgeis, OF. burgeis, fr.
     burcfortified town, town, F. bourg village, fr. LL. burgus
     fort, city; from the German; cf. MHG. burc, G. burg. See 1st
     Borough, and cf. 2d Bourgeois.]
     1. An inhabitant of a borough or walled town, or one who
        possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman of a
        borough. --Blackstone.
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     Note: "A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a
           city." --Burrill.
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     2. One who represents a borough in Parliament.
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     3. A magistrate of a borough.
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     4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for
        municipal officers.
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     Note: Before the Revolution, the representatives in the
           popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were
           called burgesses; they are now called delegates.
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     Burgess oath. See Burgher, 2.
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