6. Later descriptions of the oath of vengeance are consistent in describing it as an oath (a) to pray that God will avenge the blood of the prophets upon the nation and (b) to teach one's descendants to pray likewise. I suspect that Van Dusen's references to "murder[ing] this nation" and to a "secret conspiracy against the Government" are sensationalist hyperbole. On the other hand, in the absence of additional evidence, I cannot rule out the possibility that an originally more violent oath, akin to what Van Dusen describes, had been toned down by the time the oath of vengeance was described in later exposés.