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A Proclamation Of Treason Against Pennsylvania and a Call To Arms By Thomas Mifflin


In the NAME and by the AUTHORITY of the Commonwealth of PENNSYLVANIA,

By THOMAS MIFFLIN, GOVERNOR of the said Commonwealth,



Whereas it appears in and by a Proclamation of the President of the United States, bearing even date herewith, that certain acts have been perpetrated in the western parts of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which he is advised amount to treason, being overt acts of levying war against the United States; that James Wilson, an Associate Justice, on the fourth instant, by writing under his hand, did, from evidence which had been laid before him, notify to the President, that in the Countries of Washington and Allegheny in Pennsylvania, laws of the United States are opposed, and the execution thereof obstructed, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the Marshal of the district; and that in the judgment of the President it is necessary, under the circumstances of the case, to take measures for calling forth the Militia, in order to suppress the combinations aforesaid, and to cause the laws to be duly executed: AND WHEREAS it appears to me expedient, that, on this extraordinary occasion, the General Assembly should be convened, for the purpose of taking the premises into their serious consideration, of devising the necessary means to maintain the peace and dignity of the commonwealth, and of providing more effectually, than the existing laws provide, for organizing, arming and equipping the Militia, in order to insure a prompt and faithful compliance with the orders of government, and of such requisitions, as the President shall, make in pursuance of his constitutional and legal powers: Therefore, and by virtue of the authority in such case to me given, in and by the Constitution of the commonwealth, I have issued this Proclamation, hereby convening the General Assembly, to meet at the State-House in the City of Philadelphia, on Monday the first day of September next, and of which meeting, all persons therein concerned, are required to take due notice.


GIVEN under my Hand, and the Great Seal of the said Commonwealth, at Philadelphia, this seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four, and of the Commonwealth the nineteenth.




By the Governor,


Secretary of the Commonwealth.



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