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Proclamation by Charles Cornwallis, Marquis Cornwallis concerning a pardon for rebels
Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805
March 18, 1781
Volume 17, Pages 1007-1008


North Carolina.

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

Whereas, By the blessing of Almighty God, his Majesty's arms have been crowned with signal success by the complete victory obtained over the Rebel forces on the 15th instant, I have thought proper to issue this proclamation to call upon all loyal subjects to stand forth and take an active part in restoring good order and government. And, whereas, it has been represented to me that many persons in this province who have taken a share in this unnatural rebellion, but having experienced the oppression and injustice of the Rebel government, and having seen the errors into which they have been deluded by falsehoods and misrepresentations, are sincerely desireous of returning to their duty and allegiance, I do hereby notify and promise to all such persons (murderers excepted) that if they will surrender themselves with their arms and ammunition at headquarters, or to the officer commanding in

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the district contiguous to their respective places of residence, on or before the 20th day of April next, they shall be permitted to return to their homes, upon giving a military parole, and shall be protected in their persons and properties from all sort of violence from the British troops, and will be restored as soon as possible to all the privileges of constitutional government.

Given under my hand at headquarters, this 18th day of March, A. D. 1781, and in the twenty-first year of his Majesty's reign.