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Dunlap, John (1747-1812) Pennsylvania packet.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08715.01 Author/Creator: Dunlap, John (1747-1812) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Newspaper Date: 10 April 1779 Pagination: 4 p.

Summary of Content: Proclamation by George Washington issuing a full pardon to all deserters who return to their corps by 1 May 1779, and warning those who do not return of punishment. Proclamation dated 10 March 1779 from Middle-Brook, New Jersey. Act made law by the Pennsylvania legislature to raise $1, 900,000 from taxes in the state. Reaction in the House of Commons dated 5 December 1778 to a proclamation issued by commissioners in New York. Tolls for bridge over Schuylkill River. Advertisements for sales, statements regarding lost horses, and other advertisements.

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Full Transcript: PROCLAMATION.
By His Excellency
George Washington, Esq;
General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States

Whereas it hath been represented, that many of those soldiers, who ...have been induced by divers [sic] motives to desert their corps, and are now dispersed in different parts of these States, having been their error, would be glad to return to their duty, but are refrained by the fear of punishment. In order to quiet such apprehensions, and give them an opportunity to put in practice these good dispositions--I do hereby proclaim full pardon to all those who shall rejoin their respective corps by the first of May next; at the same time declaring all such, who shall neglect to avail themselves of the perfect offer of mercy, and shall persist in their delinquency beyond the period appointed herein for their return -- That the most effectual measures shall be pursued to detect them wheresoever concealed and to bring them to the most rigorous and exemplary punishment.
Given at Head-Quarters, Middle-Brook, March 10,
The printers are desired to publish this in their respective papers.
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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentsRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryDesertionContinental ArmyLawGovernment and CivicsTaxes or TaxationGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsTravelFinance

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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