STATE OF VIRGINIA.
At a court of Hustings held for the City of Portsmouth e [rest of "the" crossed-out (probably by mistake)] 6th day of June 1865 John [Shaunnessy?] an alien, who has lately arrived in the United States, and is desirous of being naturalized a citizen thereof, this day appeared in Court, and in pursuance of the Act of Congress made a report of himself, which report is in the following words, to-wit: I, John Shaunnessy in order to become a citizen of the United States, make the following report of myself to the Court of Hustings for the City of Portsmouth. I report that I was born in the County of Galway Ireland on the __ day of July [1816?] being now in the 46th year of my age; that i am a subject of Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and ireland owing allegiance to that monarch, and none other; that I migrated from Ireland to the United States in the year 1863, and that I intend to settle myself in the City of Portsmouth, in the State of Virginia, one of the United States.
Given under my hand this 6th day of June, 1865
John [written in vertical order] his X mark Shaunnessy
And the said John Shaunnessy declares on oath that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to my foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever, and particularly to Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland --
[Teste. ?] Dempsey Nash