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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Proclamation by William Tryon concerning a pardon for rioters
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
May 17, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 608-609

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

North Carolina—Ss.
By His Excellency William Tryon Esqre &c. &c.
A Proclamation.

Whereas, I have been informed that several ignorant persons have been under false pretences induced to join in Arms to oppose Government and the Laws of this country,—Therefore out of Humanity and in tender compassion to the distress that must fall on them and their Families should they through fear of punishment persist in their Errors, I hereby give notice that every person (except those who stand outlawed and such as are now prisoners in the camp who will come into camp, lay down their Arms, take the Oath of Allegiance and promise to pay all Taxes that are due or may hereafter become due by them respectively, and submit from this day to the Laws of this Country, shall have his Majesty's most gracious and free pardon for all Treasons, Insurrections and Rebellions done or

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committed before this day, provided they make their submission aforesaid on or before the 21st Instant.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the said Province this 17th day of May Anno Dom: 1771.

God save the King.