CIRCULAR LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES
TO ALL THE GOVERNORS ON THE CONTINENT OF AMERICA.
PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE, C.O. 5, Vol. 222, p. 5.
Sept. 13th 1766.
Advices having been received from His Majestys Superintendents for Indian Affairs, that the most unprovoked violence and Murthers have been lately committed on the Indians under the Protection of His Majesty and whose Tribes are at present in Peace and Unity with His Majestys Provinces, and that the Offenders have not yet been discovered & brought to Justice, and likewise that Settlements have been made on the Back of the Province, without proper Authority and beyond the Limits prescribed by His Majesty Royal Proclamation of 1763 & in some places even beyond the utmost Boundaries of any Province in America, and that in consequence the Indian Nations do everywhere discover the greatest discontents and Resentments which may endanger the Peace of His Majestys Provinces and the safety of His Subjects.
It is thereupon His Majestys Commands that you apply yourself in the most earnest manner to remedy and prevent those Evils, which are as contrary to the Rules of Good Policy, as of Justice and Equity.
The Violation of those Principles attended also with so many Dangers to the Provinces, is what cannot be permitted.—If a due obedience had been paid to His Majestys Royal Proclamation, and a due attention given to proper Restraints on the Conduct of the Indian Traders, these Evils would have been effectualy avoided.
His Majestys Commander-in-Chief has received express orders to cooperate with the Civil Government for the enforcing a due Obedience to that Proclamation, and His Majesty requires and expects every measure to be taken which Prudence can dictate for the removing such Settlers, preventing in future any such Settlements as are Contrary to the Intentions of the Proclamation, and for apprehending such Offenders, whose daring crimes have so direct a Tendency to involve the whole of His Majestys Provinces in America in an Indian War,
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