REPRESENTATION OF THE LORDS OF TRADE TO THE KING, 27th AUGUST, 1765.
PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE, C.O. 5, Vol. 1365.
To the King's most Excellent Majesty.
May it please Your Majesty.
Having lately received several letters and papers from Francis Fauquier, Esqr., Lieutenant Governor of Your Majesty's Colony of Virginia, dated in May and June last, containing Matters of the highest Importance, and intimately affecting the dignity and Authority of Your Majesty's Government, the due Execution of the Laws and the Peace and Security of Your Majesty's Subjects in those Parts, We hold it our indispensable Duty to lose no Time in laying them before Your Majesty.
That we may state to Your Majesty the Particulars of these Dispatches with the greater perspicuity, we beg leave to rank them under three several Heads.
The first Article relates to the unwarrantable Proceedings of several of Your Majesty's subjects, who from Pensylvania and the Back Settlements of Virginia, have migrated to the Westward of the Allegheny Mountains, and there have seated themselves on Lands contiguous to the River Ohio in express disobedience to Your Majesty's Royal Proclamation of the 7th October, 1763.
As nothing in our Opinion can more effectually conduce to the Peace and Security of that part of Your Majesty's Dominions, and the continuance of that quiet and tranquility on the Frontiers, which the Treatys and Alliances lately concluded and entered into, with the Indians had so happily produc'd, than the Strict and due Observance of this Your Majesty's Royal Proclamation, whereby the Indians are secured and confirmed in their possession of the Lands, which these settlers usurped, We humbly submit to Your Majesty, whether it will not be advisable by an Express Order for the immediate evacuation of those Settlements to enjoin a more strict obedience to Your Majesty's commands signified in the former Proclamation and to provide against any future violation of it.
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All of which is most humbly submitted.
Whitehall, Aug. 27th, 1765.