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Declaration and Protestation of the Governor and Council Against James Carteret
A Declaration & Protestation of the Hon[orable] Phillip Carteret Esq[uire] Govern[or] of the Province of New Jersey & his Concill, unto all the Inhabitants in the Several Townes and Plantations in the Province abovesaid as followeth.
Whereas, We are certainly Informed of several Eregular & Illegal proceedings & Actions of several Persons styling themselves The Deputies or Representatives for the Country, in Attempting the making an Alteration in this Government by Assembling together at Elizabeth Towne, the fourteenth day of May Last under the Denomination aforesaid, without writts from the Governor or without the knowledge approbation or Consent of the Governor and Councill abovesaid, & by Electing a President for the Country and making Proclamation publickly of these their Illegal Actions All which tends only to Muteny and Rebellion and to the Disquitement of the Peaceable Inhabitants of this Province, and is altogether Contrary to the Constitution of the Government and the nterest of the Lords Proprietors which we are by o[ur] oathes bound to maintain to the utmost of our Power, according to our best Skill & Judgment. We therefore in his Majestys Name do strictly charge and Command all and every person or persons, that hath had any hand in these Illegal Actings, imediately upon Publication hereof to desist from all such Illegal proceedings and to yield due obediencve unto the Government of the Lords Proprieters and their Governor Phillip Carterett Esq[uire] (who is by them commissionated for that service) and his Councill untill the Lords Pleasure is to Commissionate some other person for that purpose and the same be Legally Published, which if they shall readily doe The Governor and Councill will as readily pass by the faults by them Committed Judging that they have been misled by Ill Advice And that the Chief Actors i these Illegall procedings viz those who call themselves Deputies for Elizabeth Towne Newark, Woodbridge, New Piscataway and one from Bergen, doe within ten days after Publication hereof Come and Declare their submission unto the Govenor & Governm[ent] as abovesaid in writing under their hands, upon which their submission so declared, We The Governor and Councill doe hereby Promise and Engage that their Illegal Actions as touching the Premisses before Publication hereof shall be buried in Oblivion, but if they the said Persons shall still persist in such kind of Illegal Actions or not declare their Submission as is above Expressed, they shall be proceeded against as Mutineers & as Enemies to the Government Peace and Welfare of this Province, and we do further declare that o[ur] hearty desires are that these Breaches may be peaceably healed and that we may all Live in Peace Love and Amity each with others, all persons conscienciously observing the respective Duties in their Several Stations & Relatios, But if these o[ur] desires doe unhappily Fail us of o[ur] hoped Expectation, We doe hereby Declare and Protest against all such Illegall Actions, & Must & shall in faithfulness to the trust reposed in us and discharge of o[ur] oaths put in Execution that Power and Authority that we have from the Lords Proprietors upon all persons that shall obstinately persist in any such Mutinuous Actions or Attempt & if by this means there should be any blood shed We do hereby Cleer our Selves before God & man from the Guilt thereof. It is the Governor & Councills pleasure that the Declaration be Published by the Constable of each respective Towne within this Province at a full Town meeting, & the Same to keep in his Custody & Let any Person or Persons have Copies thereof Dated in Bergen Jurisdiciton this 28th May 1672.
|Robert Vauquellin||Samuel Edsall|
|John Bishop||John Berry|
|Lawrence Adres||Wm Pardon|