1774.002: Proclamation of April 25, 1774.

Published: 1774

Full Title: Whereas I have reason to apprehend that the government of Pennsylvania, in prosecution of their claim to Pittsburg and its dependencies, will endeavour to obstruct His Majesty's government thereof under my administration, by illegal or unwarrantable commitments of the officers I have appointed ... Given under my hand and the seal of the colony, at Williamsburg, this 25th day of April, 1774, and in the 14th year of His Majesty's reign

Author: Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of (1732-1809), governor.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Clementina Rind

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 32 cm. x 18 cm. (broadside).


Dunmore ordered the Virginia militia to make ready "to repel any insult whatever." This proclamation is considered by many to mark the beginning of " Dunmore's War" (May to October 1774) against the Shawnee and Delaware peoples of the Ohio country; herein he asserted Virginia's jurisdiction over the region in defiance of similar jurisdictional claims by the Pennsylvania proprietors; this dispute led to differing colonial policies in dealing with native groups who rejected the conditions imposed by the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix. Sheet lacks printer imprint; Clementina Rind had succeeded her husband as public printer in August 1773, so was responsible for producing such official notices.

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