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Proclamation by Alexander Martin concerning relations with Native Americans
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
November 26, 1784
Volume 17, Pages 105-106

[From Executive Letter Book.]

State of North Carolina,
November 26, 1784.

By His Excellency Alexander Martin, Esquire, Governor, Captain General, and Commander in Chief of the State aforesaid.


In compliance with a request of the Honorable General Assembly, by their resolution dated at New Bern the 21st of this Instant.

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I do hereby issue this my Proclamation, requiring all the Citizens of this State, more especially those in the Western Country, to be of good behavior to, and to treat the neighboring Indians in the most friendly manner, agreeable to the treaties subsisting between them and the people of this State; Hereby ordering all intruders and encroachers to remove off the Indians' lands and hunting grounds within the limit of this State; giving them this information that the General Assembly will not think themselves bound to support or lay any expence that may be incurred by a war brought on by the injustice and rapacity of the individuals. And I do further will and command all officers, civil and military, within this State especially those in the Western Country aforesaid, to carry this proclamation into effect agreeable to the resolution aforesaid, and that all the good citizens of the same, render due obedience thereto, and be aiding and assisting in this service, as they will answer the contrary at their peril.

Given under my Hand and the Great Seal of the said State, which I have caused to be hereunto affixed at New Bern the twenty-sixth day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1784, and in the Ninth year of the Independence of the said State.

By Order,
James Glasgow, Sect'y.
God save the State.