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Proclamation by Abner Nash concerning the exportation of provisions
Nash, Abner, ca. 1740-1786
August 26, 1780
Volume 22, Pages 524-525


State of North Carolina.

By His Excellency, Abner Nash, Esquire, Goovernor, Captain General and Commander in Chief in and over the said State,

A Proclamation.

Whereas, the exportation of Provisions and spirituous liquors from this State will be attended with manifest injury to the United States, by supplying the Enemy and rendering it difficult for the Public Agents and Contractors to procure supplies for the Army, especially when an invasion is meditated against this State, I have therefore thought fit, by and with the advice of the council of State, to issue this, my Proclamation, for laying an Embargo on Provisions and spirituous liquors, and I do hereby lay an Embargo, viz., on all Beef, Pork, Bacon, Wheat, Flour, Corn, Indian Meal, Rice, Pease,

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and every other kind of grain or provision, and all spirituous liquors for the space of thirty days from the date hereof. And I do hereby strictly prohibit all Mariners, Masters and Commanders of vessels and all other Persons whatsoever within this State, from loading on Board any vessel for Exportation and from exporting all or any of the above Species of Provisions and Liquors by land or water from the date hereof, during the term aforesaid, as all such Mariners, Masters and commanders of Vessels, and all such other Perons whatsoever shall answer for the contrary at their peril. And I do hereby strictly charge and command all Naval Officers and others in their respective departments, to exert their best endeavours to the end that this Embargo be strictly observed.

Given under my hand and Seal and the Great Seal of State, at Hillsboro, this Twenty-sixth day of Aug., Anno Domini 1780, in the 5th year of our Independence.