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Proclamation by Lord Dunmore


By His Excellency the Right Honourable JOHN Earl of DUNMORE, His Majesty' s Lieutenant and Governour General of the Colony and Dominion of VIRGINIA, and Vice-Admiral of the same.


VIRGINIA, to wit:

Whereas certain persons, styling themselves Delegates of several of His Majesty' s Colonies in America, having presumed, without His Majesty' s authority or consent, to assemble together at Philadelphia in the months of September and October last, have thought fit, among other unwarrantable proceedings, to resolve that it will be necessary that another Congress should be held at the same place on the 10th of May next, unless redress of certain pretended grievances be obtained before that time, and to recommend that all the Colonies in North America should choose Deputies to attend such Congress, I am commanded by the King, and I do accordingly issue this my Proclamation, to require all Magistrates and other Officers to use their utmost endeavours to prevent any such appointments of Deputies, and to exhort all persons, whatever within this Government to desist from such an unjustifiable proceeding, so highly displeasing to His Majesty.

Given under my hand and the seal of the Colony, this 28th day of March, in the fifteenth year of His Majesty' s reign.


GOD save the King.