His Excellency having acquainted this Board that many of the Insurgents having submitted themselves by laying down their arms and emploring His Majestys Pardon, others having been convicted by a due Course of Law, and the remainder absconding through Fear of Punishment to the great injury of their Families proposed to this Board his intent of issuing a proclamation of general pardon with some exceptions.
Ordered that a Proclamation issue in the following words Vizt
By His Excellency William Tryon Esquire &c.
Whereas, Divers dissolute outrageous and disorderly persons have of late frequently Assembled themselves together in several parts of this province particularly in the County of Orange, Anson, Rowan and Johnston in a most riotous and unlawful manner to the disturbance of the publick peace, audaciously attempting to intimidate and deter the Civil Magistrates from doing their duty and committing many Acts of violence contrary to Law being led on by some evil, wicked and designing men.
And Whereas the greater number of these Insurgents having testified a sense of the heinousness of their crimes and the violence they have offered to Government, many having submitted themselves by laying down their Arms, and imploring his Majestys gracious Clemency, others convicted by due course of Law still a great number through Fear of the Punishment due to their Crimes have absconded to the great hurt and prejudice of their Families
I do therefore out of compassion to the misguided multitude, being much more inclined to prevent than punish crimes of so high
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the Said Province at Hillsborough the 3rd of October 1768 &cWm. TRYONBenj. Heron Secretary