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The Royal Standard Erected


Ulster County, New-York, February 11, 1775.

Since the issuing the Governour' s Proclamation for calling the Assembly, the leaders of the Republican faction in this Province have exerted themselves in exciting their despicable tools in this County to a variety of the most flagitious acts of licentiousness and violence — to effect which a thousand falsehoods and misrepresentations have been artfully contrived and industriously circulated among the ignorant, credulous multitude; circular letters have been written to the zealous party men in the different Precincts, animating them to erect Liberty Poles, and choose Committees of Inspection for enforcing obedience to the Resolutions of the Congress; individuals have been threatened with tarring and feathering merely for reading and communicating to their well meaning neighbours such publications as tend to enlighten their uninformed mind on the present subjects of universal animadversion. These measures the lovers of peace, order, and Government beheld with the deepest concern, and for a long time combated with reason and expostulatory arguments, by which many have been convinced of their errours and reclaimed from their wild and frantick pursuits. The abetters of faction, enraged at the increasing defection of their followers, endeavoured to re-animate the declining violence of their party by fresh propagations of falsehoods and misrepresentations; and among many scandalous and seditious insinuations, industriously disseminated the treasonable and malignant doctrine that his Majesty, in passing the Quebec Act, had established the Romish Religion in America, and thereby broken his Coronation oath, whereby the people were discharged from their allegiance, and were justifiable in associating to make proper provision for their common safety. This daring attempt to alienate the affections of the people from their Sovereign, and to excite them to an open subversion of all lawful authority, the friends of Government viewed with indignation, and conceived it high time to bear publick testimony against; accordingly a very respectable number of his Majesty' s loyal subjects met at the house of Mr˙ John Graham, at Shawangunk, and erected a Royal Standard, on a mast seventy-five feet high, with the following inscription on it:

"In testimony of our unshaken loyalty and incorruptible fidelity to the best of Kings; of our inviolable affection and attachment to our parent state, and the British Constitution; of our abhorrence of, and aversion to a Republican Government; of our detestation of all treasonable associations, unlawful combinations, seditious meetings, tumultuous assemblies, and execrable mobs; and of all measures that have a tendency to alienate the affections of the people from their rightful Sovereign, or lessen their regard for our most excellent Constitution: and to make known to all men that we are ready, when properly called upon, at the hazard of our lives and of every thing dear to us, to defend the King, support the Magistrates in the execution of the laws, and maintain the just rights and constitutional liberties of freeborn Englishmen, this Standard, by the name of the King' s Standard, was erected by a number of his Majesty' s loyal and faithful subjects, in Ulster County, on the 10th day of February, in the fifteenth year of the reign of our most excellent Sovereign George the Third, whom God long preserve."