Proclamation by Samuel Johnston concerning fighting with Native Americans
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
Volume 21, Pages 506-507
BY HIS EXCELLENCY SAM. JOHNSTON, ESQUIRE, GOVERNOR, &c., OF THE SAID STATE.
State of North Carolina.
Whereas the General Assembly of the said State now sitting impressed with the deepest concern for the Miseries and distresses of the Citizens of the said State on the Western Waters from Motives
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of Humanity and Benevolence are desirous of putting an end to the shedding of Human Blood and to the horrid Murders & Massacres, which have and still continue to be committed between some persons on the Western Frontiers of this State and the Neighbouring Tribes of Indians, have appointed a Commissioner to treat in conjunction with the other Commissioners appointed under the Authority of Congress with the said Indians in order to settle and compromise all disputes and controversies that may have arisen between the Citizens of the United States and any of the said Tribes of Indians and to establish a firm and lasting peace between the United States and the said Indian Nations.
I do therefore hereby require and command all the Citizens of the said State as they will answer at their peril to cause and abstain from all Hostilities & Offensive Operations against the Creeks & Cherokees & Chickamawga Nation of Indians until the result of the Negotiations of the said Commissioners shall be known and the Order of the Executive of the said State shall be signified.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the said State at Fayetteville this 29th day of November in the XIII year of the Independence of the said State and in the year of our Lord, 1788.