The State of Virginia became the deciding State to ratify the amendment on March 12, 1819, however it was subsequently hidden from the American People after the Civil War ended and the nation’s government became a corporation. The records of that ratified amendment were believed to be lost and forgotten. Neither is correct nor true. See: The Original Thirteenth Amendment: Titles of Nobility and Honour
Updated June 30, 2015:
Since this post was first published new information has come to light including a postwar version of the Constitution of the United States of America from Colorado in 1868.
The original Thirteenth Article of Amendment as it was written and ratified states:
“If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.”
On March 12, 1819 the State of Virginia, with the enactment and publication of the laws of Virginia, became the 13th and FINAL state required to ratify the above article of amendment to the Constitution For The United States, thus making it the Law Of The Land. With the enactment of Act No. 280, March 12, 1819, which was Voted, En Bloc, and publication of the Revised Code, the State of Virginia notified the Department of State, the Congress, the Library of Congress, and the President of their action by issuing to each a copy of the Laws of Virginia. [See VA 1819 Images] . In fact, the Journal of the Virginia Senate; Tuesday, May 1st, 1810 (Pages 511-512 shows that the resolution to amend was properly enrolled and ratified on that date by the Virginia House and Senate, to be laid before the President of the United States, therefore the first state to ratify.
This Article of Amendment is intimately connected to questions of loyalty, honesty, war and national defense. It is designed to combat internal subversion and discord sowed by people who are adhering to powers foreign to the Congress of the United States without stepping across the bold Constitutional line of treason. The authors of the TONA wrote it after some additional experience with how the British Empire, as well as other European nations, actually conduct their affairs. It is a corrective and supplemental measure to go along with Constitutional treason.
This Article of Amendment added an enforceable strict penalty, i.e., inability to hold office and loss of citizenship, for violations of the already existing constitutional prohibition in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 on titles of nobility and other conflicts of citizenship interest, such as accepting emoluments of any kind for services or favors rendered or to be rendered, and is particularly applicable today in the 21st Century as government is increasingly FOR SALE to the highest bidder, as foreign nations and multinational corporations and individuals compete to line the pockets of politicians and political parties to accommodate and purchase protection or privilege for their special interests, i.e. with honors, such as money or allowing dual-citizenships.
In terms familiar to the common man, this might quite properly be called the use of bribes and graft by individuals and powers foreign, i.e. external, to the Congress of the United States to subvert the constitutional process and suborn our political system and the interests of WE THE PEOPLE.
After appearing in numerous official publications until 1876, this Article “disappeared” from our Constitution, to be replaced by another made nearly 50 years later. You may well ask how such a thing could have happened. So did we.
It is of particular interes to read the last three paragraphs of the preface to”Echoes From The Cabinet,” published in 1896 …. click here .. To understand why our legislators mad it disappear.
The disappearance of the original 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States has been under investigation by independent modern researchers during the past -1866 years. We’ve learned a lot.
We now know that the original 13th Amendment was, and still is, the Law Of The Land.”