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Proclamation of Alexander Spotswood, 1711 Aug. 16.

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[in pencil] Aug 16, 1711

By Her Maty's Lt Governour & Commander in Chief of the Colony & Dominion of Virginia A Proclomation for a Fast Whereas our most Gracious Sovereign as well out of her Pious Zeal to propagate the Protestant Religion & extirpate Popish Superstition and Idolatry, as out of a just horrour of the Rapperies & Murders daily committed on her People by the French & Indian Salvages in their interest; & as well for Restoring the Crown of Great Britain to its ancient Rights in North America, as for settling Quiet & Happiness to all her subjects on this Continent; has thought fitting to send a very considerable part of Her Fleets & Armys on an Expedition to Reduce Canada. And whereas Her most Sacred Majesty has commanded that about the time when Her said Forces shall proceed on this important Expedition, a Day of publick Fasting & Humiliation be kept in her several Dominions on this Continent, to implore the Blessing & Mercy of Almighty God in protecting Her arms employ'd in this just & necessary undertaking & giving them success therein. I have therefore, with the Advice of Her Maty's Council of this Colony, Thought fit to issue this Proclamation, appointing