1783.008: Proclamation Declaring a Cessation of Hostilities.

Published: 1783

Full Title: By the United States of America in Congress assembled. : A proclamation, declaring the cessation of arms, as well by sea as by land, agreed upon between the United States of America and His Britannic Majesty; and enjoining the observance thereof. ... Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, this eleventh day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three ...

Author: United States. Continental Congress.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: James Hayes

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 33 cm. x 20 cm. (broadside, printed in two columns).


Signed in print by Elias Boudinot, president, and Charles Thomson, secretary; followed by the April 21 proclamation of Governor Benjamin Harrison who confirming the statement of the Continental Congress and asking obedience to the proclamation by Virginians. John Dunlap and James Hayes began work in Richmond in December 1781 as Virginia's public printers; they held the position until May 1786 with Hayes the sole resident proprietor; here Hayes omitted Dunlap's name from the imprint's colophon.

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