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In English law. That kind of allegiance which is due from all men born within tlie king’s dominions, immediately upon their birth, which is intrinsic and perpetual, and cannot be divested by any act of their own. 1 HI. Comm. 369; 2 Kent, Comm. 42. In American law. The allegiance due from citizens of the United States to their native country, and also from naturalized citizens, and which cannot he renounced without the permission of government. to be declared by law. 2 Kent, Comm. 4.’i-49. It differs from local allegiance, which Is temporary only, being due from an alien or stranger born for so long a time as he continues within the sovereign’s dominions and protection. Fost. Cr. Law, 1S4.


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