1775.010: Proclamation of May 6, 1775.

Published: 1775

Full Title: By His Excellency the Right Hon. John Earl of Dunmore ... A proclamation. Virginia, to wit, Whereas I have been informed, from undoubted authority, that a certain Patrick Henry, of the county of Hanover, and a number of deluded followers, have taken up arms ... I have thought it proper … to issue this my Proclamation, strictly charging all Persons, upon their Allegiance, not to aid, abet, or give Countenance to, the said Patrick Henry, or any other Persons concerned in such unwarrantable Combinations; … Given under my hand, and the seal of the colony, at Williamsburg, this 6th day of May, 1775.

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

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Dixon & Hunter

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; (broadside).


Sheet lacks printer credit; Bristol attributed this title to Dixon & Hunter, and the typography seen herein is consistent with other work then issuing from that press. John Pinkney was still officially the public printer, and had published Dunmore's address to the Council just three days earlier (1775.009), but Dunmore evidently trusted Dixon & Hunter more than Pinkney, who was associated with Patrick Henry, in issuing this controversial proclamation.

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