Published by Authority by his Excellency Francis Bernard, Esquire
Captain-general and Governor in chief in and over His Majesty's province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, and Vice Admiral of the same.
Whereas yesterday, towards evening, a great number of people unlawfully and riotously assembled themselves together, in the town of Boston, armed with clubs, staves, etc. and with great Noise and Tumult, pulled down a newly erected building belonging to the Secretary of the Province and having done so surrounded his Dwelling House, pulled down part of his fences, Broke his window and at length with Force and Violence entered the House and damaged and destroyed his Furniture, and continued thus unlawfully assembled until Midnight, and committed diverse Other Outrages and Enormities to the great Terror of his Majesty's liege Subjects.
I have therefore thought fit with the five of his Majesty's counsel to issue this Proclamation, requiring all Justices of the peace, and all Officers, civil and military to use their utmost endeavors for discovering, apprehending and bringing to Justice any of the Persons concerned in the unlawful assembly aforesaid.
And I do hereby promise that whoever shall deliver and detect any of the persons concerned in the Outrages aforesaid, so that they or any of them may be lawfully convicted shall receive out of the Public Treasury of this province, the Sum of 100 Pounds as a Reward, to be paid upon conviction of any such offender or offenders. . . .
Given at the Council Chamber in Boston the 15th Day of August 1765 in the fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Francis Bernard
By his Excellency's Command JN Cotton, Secr. GOD SAVE THE KING.
The Boston Newsletter, August 15, 1765, p. 1