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A complete and authentic issue of Gentleman’s Magazine, London, disbound, VG. This April 1777 issue contains “The Following Proclamation ... by His Excellency George Washington, Esqr. General and Commander in Chief of all Forces of the United States of America.” this proclamation was issued by General Washington from Morris-Town New Jersey, January 25, 1777. In essence Washington addresses those who have “sign a declaration of fidelity, and, in some instances, have been compelled to take oaths of allegiance, and to engage not to take up arms, or encourage others so to do, against the King of Great-Britain....” He then requires their denouncement, “deliver up such protections, certificates, and passports, and take the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. ...” And finally advises the consequences for failure to comply, “And I do hereby declare that all and every person, who may neglect or refuse to comply with this order, within thirty days from the date hereof, will be deemed adherents to the King of Great-Britain, and treated as common enemies of the American States.” After two significant victories over the British in Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey, General George Washington marched north to Morristown, New Jersey, where he set up winter headquarters for himself and the men of the Continental Army on January 6, 1777. The hills surrounding the camp offered Washington a perfect vantage point from which to keep an eye on the British army, which was headquartered across the Hudson River in New York City. This Proclamation is issued only weeks later. The Gentleman's Magazine was founded in London, England, by Edward Cave in January 1731. It ran uninterrupted for almost 200 years, until 1922. Cave, who edited The Gentleman's Magazine under the pen name "Sylvanus Urban", was the first to use the term magazine (meaning "storehouse") for a periodical. Contributions to the magazine frequently took the form of letters, addressed to "Mr. Urban". The iconic illustration of St. John's Gate on the front of each issue (occasionally updated over the years) depicted Cave's home, in effect, the magazine's "office".
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A Proclamation by General George Washington, Morris-Town - 1777

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