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Manifesto by Donald MacDonald concerning recruitment of loyalist troops in North Carolina
MacDonald, Donald, b. 1712
February 05, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 443-444

By His Excellency Brigadier-General Donald McDonald of His Majesty's Forces, for the time being, in North Carolina:

A Manifesto.

Whereas, powers and authority have been invested in me to array in arms His Majesty's loyal subjects in this Province, I hereby command all His Majesty's loyal people to repair to the Royal banner, agreeable to the Governour's Royal Proclamation of date the 10th day of January last. I do hereby declare it is my intention, that no violation whatever shall be offered to women, children, or private property, to sully the arms of Britons or freemen, employed in the glorious and righteous cause of rescuing and delivering this country from the usurpation of rebellion, and that no cruelty whatever be offered against the laws of humanity, but what resistance shall make necessary; and that whatever provisions and other necessaries be taken for the troops, shall be paid for immediately; and in case any person or persons shall offer the least violence to the families of such as will join the Royal standard, such person or persons, may depend that retaliation will be made; the horrors of such proceedings, it is hoped, will be avoided by all true Christians.

Given under my hand and seal, this fifth day of February 1776.


Rowan County

This day came John Reynolds before me, one of His Majesty's Justices assigned to keep the peace for said County, and being duly sworn upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, made oath, that on Tuesday last, in Field's Camp at Dillos, he, this deponent, heard

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William Spurgian read a paper of the same purport, and, to the best of his knowledge, in the same words, of the within written.


Sworn and signed, this 10th day of February, Anno Domini 1776, before me,

John Oliphant.