Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for August 23rd:
"By the King, A Proclamation, For Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition"


"By the King, A Proclamation, For Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition"; Papers of the Continental Congress- 1774-1789, Item 152, Letters from Gen. George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army, 1775-84, vol 1., p. 271; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention; Record Group 360; National Archives

Following the outbreak of armed conflict at Lexington and Concord in the spring of 1775, King George III of England issued this proclamation on August 23, 1775. It stated that the colonies stood in open rebellion to his authority and were subject to severe penalty, as was any British subject who failed to report the knowledge of rebellion or conspiracy. This document literally transformed loyal subjects into traitorous rebels.

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