Thursday, March 06, 2008

"and private Men, now actually in Arms against His Majesty"

By His EXCELLENCY Sir WILLIAM HOWE, K. B. General and Commander in Chief, &c. &c. &c.


SIR WILLIAM HOWE, regre? {Omitted text, 1w} the Calamities to which many of His Majesty's faithful Subjects are still exposed by the {Omitted text, w} of the Rebellion, and no less desirous of protecting the Innocent, than determined to pursue with the Rigors of War all those whom His Majesty's Forces, in the Course of their Progress, may find in Arms against the King, doth hereby assure the peaceable Inhabitants of the Province of Pennsylvania, the Lower Counties on Delaware, and the Counties of Maryland, on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeak-Bay, that in Order to remove any groundless Apprehensions which may have been raised of their Suffering by Depredations of the Army under His Command, he hath issued the strict Orders to the Troops for the Preservation of Regularity and good Discipline, and has signified that the most exemplary Punishment shall be inflicted upon Those who shall dare to plunder the Property, or molest the Persons of any of His Majesty's {Omitted text, 5w} . {Begin inserted text}will disposed of a subjects{End inserted text}

Security and Protection are likewise extended to all Persons, Inhabitants of the Province and Counties aforesaid, who, not guilty of having assumed legislative or judicial Authority, may have acted illegally in subordinate Stations, and, conscious of their Misconduct, been induced to leave their Dwellings, provided such Persons do forthwith return, and remain peaceably at their usual Places of Abode.

Considering moreover, that many Officers and private Men, now actually in Arms against His Majesty, may be willing to relinquish the Part they have taken in this Rebellion, and return to their due Allegiance: Sir WILLIAM HOWE doth therefore promise a free and general Pardon to all such Officers and private Men, {Omitted text, 1w} shall voluntarily come and Surrender themselves to any Detachment of His Majesty's Forces, before the Day on which it shall be notified that the said Indulgence is to be discontinued.

GIVEN under my Hand, at Head-Quarters of the Army, the 27th Day of August, 1777.


By His EXCELLENCY's Command, Robert Mackenzie, Sec'ry

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