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Proclamation of the Governour of Pennsylvania



At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Thursday, 28th of July, 1774,

Present: The Honourable John Penn, Esquire, Governour, Benjamin Chew, James Tilghman, Andrew Allen, Esquires.

The Secretary having, by the direction of the Governour, prepared a draft of a Proclamation, offering a reward, pursuant to the request of the Assembly, for apprehending the persons said to have murdered Joseph Weepey, a Delaware Indian, laid the same before the Board, which was approved and ordered to be published, and printed copies thereof sent to Westmoreland. The Proclamation follows in these words, viz:

By the Honourable JOHN PENN, Esquire, Governour and Commander-in-chief of the Province of PENNSYLVANIA, and Counties of NEW-CASTLE, KENT, and SUSSEX, on DELAWARE:


Whereas I have received information that, some time in May last, a certain friendly Indian man, called Joseph Weepey, was barbarously murdered in the County of Westmoreland: And whereas there is great reason to believe that John Hinkson and James Cooper, of the same county, were concerned in the perpetration of the said murder. And whereas, it is at all times, but more especially in the present situation of our affairs with the Western Indian Nations, of the utmost consequence to the peace of the Province, that the perpetrators of such atrocious offences, not only against the authority of Government, but in direct violation of the treaties with those Indians, should be brought to condign and exemplary punishment, I have, therefore, thought fit, with the advice of the Council, to issue this Proclamation: And do hereby strictly charge and command all judges, justices, sheriffs, constables, and other officers, as well as all other his Majesty' s liege subjects within this Province, to make diligent search and inquiry after the said John Hinkson and James Cooper, and to use all lawful means for apprehending and securing them, that they may be proceeded against according to law. And I do hereby promise and engage, that the publick reward of one hundred pounds shall be paid to any person or persons who shall apprehend the said John Hinkson and James Cooper, and deliver them into the custody of the


keeper of the jail of either of the Counties of Lancaster, York, or Cumberland, or the sum of fifty pounds for either of them.

Given under my hand and the great seal of the said Province, at Philadelphia, the twenty-eighth day of July, in the fourteenth year of his Majesty' s reign, and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-four.


By his Honour' s command,

JOSEPH SHIPPEN, Jun˙, Secretary.

GOD save the King.