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Secretary and Clerk of the Council, and desired that an Entry of the same might be made on the minutes of Council. The Secretary was then directed to prepare a Draught of a Proclamation for the Continuance of Officers holding Commissions under this Government.
The Governor, attended by the Council, The Mayor, Recorder, and Commonallity of the City, and several Gentlemen of the Clergy, and preceded by the Sheriff and his Officers, went in Procession to the Court House, where his Commission was published with the usual Solemnities, in the presence of a very great Concourse of People.
Tuesday the 31st August, 1773.
The Secretary having, according to order, prepared a Draught of a Proclamation for continuing all Magistrates and other Officers in their respective Offices, the same was read and signed by the Gov. ernor, and the Great Seal being immediately affixed thereto, it is ordered to be published in all the Public Papers, and follows in these Words, Viz':
“ By the Honorable JOIIN PENN, Esquire, one of the true and
absolute Proprietaries of the Province of Pennsylvania, and Counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the said Province and Counties, as well in his own Right, as by the appointment of the Honorable Thomas Penn, Esquire, the other true and absolute Proprietary of the said Province and Counties.
“WAEREAS, it is necessary on my accession to the Government of this Province, in order to prevent Failures in the administration of Justice, to continue the several persons holding Commissions under this Government in the exercise and enjoyment of their respective Offices; I have, therefore, by and with the advice of the Council
, thought fit to ordain, and do hereby ordain and declare, that all orders and Commissions whatsoever, relating to the Government of the said Province, heretofore lawfully and rightfully issued, which were in Force on the twenty-ninth day of August Instant, shall be, continue, and remain in full Force, Power, and Virtue, according to their respective Tenors, untill my further Pleasure shall be known therein; And that all persons whatsoever, who, on the said twenty-ninth day of August, held or enjoyed any office of trust or Profit in this Government, by Virtue of any such Commission as aforesaid, shall Continue to hold and enjoy the same, untill they shall be determined by me as aforesaid, or by other Sufficient Authority; And I do hereby further Command and require all Magistrates, Officers, and Commissioners whatsoever, in whom any Public Trust is reposed in the Government of the said Fro. vince, that they Diligently Proceed in the performance and discharge of their respective duties therein for the Safety, Peace, and well being of the same. “Given under my Hand, and the Great Seal of the said Province,
at Philadelphia, the thirtieth day of August, in the thirteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-three.
“ JOHN PENN. "By His Honour's Command. “ JOSEPH SHIPPEN, Jun". Secretary.
“GOD SAVE THE KING."
At New Castle, the 3d day of September, 1773.
The Governor arrived here this afternoon from Philadelphia, and being attended by three Members of Council, and several other Gentlemen, and proceeded by the Sheriff and his Officers, went to the Court House, where his Commission for the Government of Pennsylvania, and the Counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware, was published with due Solemnity, in the Presence of a number of the Inhabitants.
At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Saturday the 18th Septem'r, 1773.
Edward Shippen, jun" Esquires. Benjamin Chew,
A Transcript of a Record of the Conviction of Mulattoe Daniel, the Slave of Isaac Snowden, and of Negro Harry Bedlow, the slave of William Drewry, both of the County of Philadelphia, of Felony and Burglary, at a Court held at Philadelphia for the Tryal of Negroes on the 29th day of July last, was laid before the Board, and it appearing that the said Criminals had been recommended by several reputable Inhabitants to the late Governor as objects of Mercy, and the Execution of the sentence of the said Court had been suspended by him, and the Governor having acquainted the Board that the same recommendation had lately been renewed to him, His Honour, by the advice of the Board, after due consideration of the Matter, agreed to Grant a Pardon for the said Criminals on this special Condition, that they be Transported, and that they never Return into the Province; The Secretary was directed to make out the Pardons accordingly.
Then was also laid before the Board a Transcript of a Record of a Court of Oyer and Terminer held at Chester, for the County of Chester, on the 23d day of August last, by which it appears that a certain John Jones of the same County, was convicted of Felony and Burglary, and had received Sentence of Death for the same, and on a due Consideration of the Matter, the Governor, by the advice of the Council, agreed to Grant a Pardon for the said John Jones, on Condition of his being Transported, and never returning into this Province, and the Secretary was ordered to make out a Pardon
The Governor informed the Board that he had received Information that several Families had lately seated themselves on Lands on the North side of the West Branch of Susquehanna, beyond the Boundaries of the last purchase •made of the Indians at the Treaty of Fort Stanwis, and it being Considered that the making settlements on the Indians' Lands would create Great uneasinesses among them, and if not immediately removed, and prevented for the future, might be attended with Fatal Consequences, it was the opinion of the Board that a Proclamation, commanding the Magistrates and other Peace Officers to enforce and carry the Laws for preventing Persons settling on any of the unpurchased Lands in this Province into Execution, against all Persons who bad already made any such settlements, or should hereafter Transgress the same Law; The Secretary was accordingly directed to prepare a Draught of a Proclamation for that purpose.
MEMORANDUM, the 20th day of September, 1773.
The Secretary having Prepared a Proclamation, agreeable to an order of Council of the 18th Instant, and the same being approved, was this day Issued by the Governor, and ordered to be published in all the public Papers, and also a number of Printed Copies to be made and dispersed thro' the back Counties; The Proclamation follows in these words, Viz" :
"By the Honourable John Penn, Esquire, Governor and Command.
er in-Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania, and Counties of New-Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware.
" WHEREAS, I have received Information that several Il disposed Persons, in Disobedience to His Majesty's express orders, and in direct Violation of the Laws, have Lately presumed to seat themselves upon Lands within the limits of this Province, not as yet purchased of the Indians: And whereas, the making such Settlements doth greatly tend to irritate the minds of the Indians, and may be productive of dangerous and Fatal Consequences to the Peace and Safety of His Majesty's good Subjects : And Whereas, by an Act of General Assembly of this Province, passed in the ninth year of his Majesty's Reign, for preventing Persons from Settling upon Lands not purchased of the Indians, it is enacted, “that if any Person or Persons, after the Publication of this Act, either singly or in Companies, shall presume to settle upon any Lands within the Boundaries of this Province, not purchased of the Indians, or shall make, or cause any Surveys to be made of any part thereof, or mark or cut down any Trees thereon, with design to settle or apropriate the same to his own, or the use of any other Person or Persons whatsoever, every such person or persons so offending, being legally Convicted thereof, in any Court of Quarter Sessions of the County where such offenders shall be apprehended, (in which said Court the said offences are hereby made Cognizable,) shall forfeit and pay for every such offence the sum of Five hundred Pounds, and suffer twelve Month's Imprisonment, without Bail or Main-Prize, and shall moreover find Surety for his Good Behavour during the space of twelve Months from and after the Expiration of the Term of such Imprisonment. I have therefore thought Proper, by and with the advice of the Council, to issue this my Proclamation, hereby strictly enjoyning and requiring all and every Person and Persons, already settled or Residing on any Lands beyond the Boundary Line of the Last Indian Purchase, immediately to evacuate their illegal Settlements, and to depart and remove them. selves from the said Lands without Delay, on pain of being prosecuted with the utmost rigour of the Law. And I do hereby probibit and forbid all His Majesty's Subjects of this, or any other Province or Colony, on any pretence whatsoever, to intrude upon, Settle or Possess any of the aforesaid unpurchased Lands, as they will answer the Contrary at their Peril. And I do also hereby strictly command and require all Magistrates, Sheriffs, and other Peace officers within this Province, to enforce and Carry into strict execution the said Act of General Assembly, as well against the present offenders in the Premises, as all others who may hereafter Trangress the same. " Given under my Hand, and the Great Scal of the said Province,
at Philadelphia, the twentieth day of September, in the thirteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third, by the by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-three.
" JOHN PENN. “By His Honour's Command. “ JOSEPH SHIPPEN, Junior, Secretary.
“GOD SAVE THE KING.”
Edward Shippen,} Esquires.
At a Council held at Philadelphia, in the Council Chamber, on Wednesday the 22d of September, 1773.
The Governor having yesterday received a Message from the Assembly, acquainting him that the House had met pursuant to adjournment, and proposed to present him an address, and requesting to know when he would be pleased to receive the same, and his Honor having appointed this day for that purpose, about one o'clock he sent a Verbal Message to the House, by the Secretary, acquainting them that he attended his appointment in the Council Chamber, and was ready to receive the House with their address: the whole House immediately waited on the Governor, and the Speaker Delivered him the following address, Viz":
« To the Honorable JOHN PENN, Esquire, one of the Proprie
taries anıl Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania :
“ The Address of the Representatives of the Freemen of the said
Province, in General Assembly met : “May it Please your Honour :
“Permit us very sincerely to congratulate you on your safe return to this Province and re-accession to the Government.
“ The Harmony subsisting between the two Branches of the Legislature at the time your private affairs called for your presence in Europe, and the Happiness which that Harmony promised to the People, induce us to receive you again in the same Station and Character, with very sensible pleasure.