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Gage, Thomas, 1718-1787 Proclamation of amnesty in Boston to all but Samuel Adams and John Hancock

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04781 Author/Creator: Gage, Thomas, 1718-1787 Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Broadside Date: 1775/06/12 Pagination: 1 sheet 51.3 x 35 cm Order a Copy

Authorship attributed to John Burgoyne. With woodcut royal seal of George III at top. Gage writes: "In this exigency of complicated calamities, I avail myself of the last effort within the bounds of my duty, to spare the effusion; to offer, and I do hereby in his Majesty's name, offer and promise, his most gracious pardon to all persons who shall forthwith lay down their arms, and return to the duties of peaceable subjects, excepting only..., Samuel Adams and John Hancock, whose offences are of too flagitious a nature to admit of any other consideration than that of condign punishment." Evans 14184, Ford 1814.

Gage, Thomas, 1718-1787
Hancock, John, 1737-1797
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792

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