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Proclamation by Abner Nash concerning exportation of provisions
Nash, Abner, ca. 1740-1786
July 20, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 5-6


State of North Carolina.

By his Excellency Abuer Nash, Esquire, Governor, Captain General and Commander in Chief in and over the said State,

A Proclamation.

Whereas, the Exportation of Provisions from this State will be attended with manifest injury to the United States, by rendering it difficult for the Public Agents and Contractors to procure supplies for the Army, I have therefore thought fit, by & with the advice of the Council of State, to issue this my Proclamation for laying an embargo on provisions and Spirituous Liquors, & I do accordingly hereby prohibit the Exportation of Beef, Pork,

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Bacon, Wheat, Flour, Corn, Indian-meal & Rice, for the space of 30 days from the date hereof, except such provisions as may, by the commercial Agent or the Commissioners of Trade, be given in exchange for Salt. And I do hereby strictly prohibit all Mariners, Masters & Commanders of Vessels, & all other persons whatsoever within this State, from loading on board any vessel for exportation, & from exporting, all or any of the above enumerated articles of provisions, by land or water, from the date hereof, during the term aforesaid, except as is above excepted, as all such Mariners, Masters & Commanders of Vessels, & all such other persons whatsoever, will answer for the Contrary.

And I do hereby strictly Charge and Command all Naval Officers & others in their respective departments to exert their best endeavours to the end that this Embargo be strictly observed.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State, at New-Bern, this twentieth Day of July, A. D. 1780, in the 5th Year of our Independence.