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Proclamation by Charles Cornwallis, Marquis Cornwallis concerning recruitment for the British Militia
Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805
February 20, 1781
Volume 17, Pages 986-987

By the Right Honorable Charles Earl Cornwallis, Lieutenant General
of His Majesty's Forces, &c., &c., &c.

Whereas, it has pleased the Divine Providence to prosper the operations of His Majesty's arms in driving the rebel army out of this province; and WHEREAS it is His Majesty's most gracious wish to rescue his faithful and loyal subjects from the cruel tyranny under which they have groaned for several years, I have thought proper to issue this Proclamation, to invite all such faithful and loyal subjects to repair, without loss of time, with their arms and ten days provisions, to the Royal Standard now erected at Hillsborough, where they will meet with the most friendly reception. And I do hereby assure them that I am ready to concur with them

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in effectual measures for suppressing the remains of rebellion in this province, and for the re-establishment of good order and constitutional government.

Given under my hand at headquarters at Hillsborough this 20th day of February, in the year of our Lord 1781, and in the twentyfirst year of His Majesty's reign.

By his Lordship's command,
H. Brodrick, Aid de Camp.
God save the King.