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Gov. Livingston’s Proclamation

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

August 25.—Rivington, in the Royal Gazette of this day, republishes1 the following proclamation by Governor Livingston of New Jersey, offering a reward for Ensign Moody and his party, with a counter proclamation from Moody:—

Whereas it has been represented to me that the persons hereinafter mentioned, have been guilty of atrocious offences, and have committed divers robberies, thefts, and other felonies in this State. I have therefore thought fit, by and with the advice of the Honorable Privy Council of this State, to issue this proclamation, hereby promising the rewards herein mentioned, to any person or persons who shall apprehend, and secure in any gaol of this State, any or either of the following persons or offenders, to wit: Caleb Sweesy, James O’Hara, John Moody, and Gysbert Eyberlin, the sum of two hundred dollars of the bills of credit issued on the faith of this State.

Given under my hand and seal at arms, at Trenton, the third day of August, 1781, and in the fifth year of the independence of America.

Wil. Livingston.

[It may be proper to intimate that Mr. Moody has succeeded in two enterprises, twice interrupting the mails from the eastern to the southern provinces, and earned them to headquarters in New York.2]


1 The proclamation was first published in the New Jersey Journal.—See August 2, 1780 (Volume I, Chapter VIII).
2 Note by Rivington.

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