A PROCLAMATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY Major-General THOMAS SHIRLEY, Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over all his Majesty’s leeward Charibbee islands in America, Chancellor, Vice-Admiral, and Ordinary of the fame, &c. &c. &c.
WHEREAS I have received a letter from his Excellency
Hugh Pigot, Esq. Admiral and Commander in Chief
of his Majesty’s squadron in these seas, containing sundry inclo-
sures, transmitted to him from his Excellency the Marquis de
Bouillie, Governor General of the French Windward islands,
by which it evidently appears that preliminary articles of peace
have actually been signed between Great-Britain and the other
powers at war, particularly from a letter or passport granted by
Alleyne Fitzherbert, Esq. his Majesty’s Minister, employed in
the negociations, to the ship or vessel called the Tartare, dis-
patched by the Court of France, for the purpose of notifying
the event: And whereas it further appears that the said prelim-
naries were ratified on the third day of February last, in confe-
quence whereof, and conformable to the limitation therein spe-
cified, hostilities are to cease in these seas between the contend-
ing powers on the third day of April next, wherefore not doubt-
ing the truth and certainty of the premises, although no official
account thereof hath been yet transmitted me, and being willing
to carry the gracious intentions of the King, my Royal Master,
into execution without delay, so as to prevent, as much as pos-
sible, any disputes arising between Great-Britain and France, in
fulfilling the terms of the treat which relate to this part of the
world; I do issue this my proclamation, and do hereby give
public notice (the Marquis de Bouillie having orders from his
Court to do the like) that hostilities will accordingly cease be-
tween the contending powers on the 3d day of April next, and
that all vessels captured after that period will be restored. And
I do moreover give notice to all owners and others interested in
privateers or armed vessels, having commissions, that they do
forthwith call them in and disarm them on the said 3d day of
April next, under the severest pains and penalties of the law.
And all persons concerned are to pay due attention to this pro-
clamation, and govern themselves accordingly.
Given under my hand and seal at Antigua, and counter-
signed by my Secretary, this 21st day of March, 1783.
and in the twenty-third year of his Majesty’s reign.
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Thomas Shirley, British Governor of the Leeward Islands, wrote this proclamation announcing the end of the American Revolution and the cessation of hostilities after the signing of the preliminary articles of peace, on April 3, 1783. It appeared in The Independent Gazetteer, or The Chronicle of Freedom, a newspaper published in Philadelphia on May 3, 1783.