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1774, Apr 25 - Proclamation of Earl Dunmore, 1774.
Proclamation of Earl Dunmore, 1774.
Whereas, I have Reason to apprehend that the Government of Pennsylvania, in prosecution of the Claim to Pittsburg and its Dependencies, will endeavour to obstruct his Majesty's Government thereof under my Administration, by illegal and unwarrantable Commitments of the Officers I have appointed for that Purpose, and that that Settlement is in some Danger of Annoyance from the Indians also, and it being necessary to support the Dignity of his Majesty's Government, and protect his Subjects in the quiet and peaceable Enjoyment of thieir Rights; I have therefore thought proper, by and with the Consent and Advice of his Majesty's Council, by this Proclamation, in his Majesty's Name, to order and require the Officers of the Militia in that District to embody a sufficient Number of Men to repel any Insult whatever; and all his Majesty's liege Subjects within this Colony are hereby strictly required to be aiding and assisting therein, as they shall answer the contrary at their Peril. And I do farther enjoin and require the several Inhabitants of the Territory aforesaid to pay his Majestys Quitrents, and all public Dues, to such Officers as are or shall be appointed to collect the same within this Dominion, until his Majesty's Pleasure therein shall be known.
Given under my Hand, and seal of the Colony, at Williamsburg, this 25th Day of April, 1774, in the 14th Year of his Majesty's Reign.
God Save the King.*
* from printed handbill
Pennsylvania Archives, Series 1, Volume IV, Pennsylvania Archives 1774, Page 490.
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