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Gage, Thomas (1721-1787) Proclamation of amnesty in Boston to all but Samuel Adams and John Hancock

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04781 Author/Creator: Gage, Thomas (1721-1787) Place Written: Boston Type: Broadsides Date: 1775/06/12 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: 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.

People: Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787.
Hancock, John, 1737-1793.
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Amnesty, Military Law, Surrender, Rebellion

Sub Era: The War for Independence