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Doc. 157.-proclamation by Gov. Magoffin. August 3, 1861.

Whereas, certain arms belonging to the State of Kentucky, intended for distribution to homo Guards in counties of the First and Second districts, under an allotment made by the Military Board, were lately seized by lawless persons and taken away from their place of deposit in Mayfield; and it being reported to me that a portion of said arms have been distributed among individuals in Fulton County, contrary to [475] law and the authority of the Military Board, and said Military Board having passed the following order:

military Board, Frankfort, Aug. 1, 1861.
On motion of General Dudley,

Resolved, That his Excellency, the Governor, be requested to take such steps as he may think best calculated for the recovery of the public arms forcibly taken from Mayfield and carried to Fulton County.

A copy-attest.

--Now, therefore, I, B. Magoffin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do now issue this, my proclamation, commanding every citizen or other person, within the jurisdiction of this State, having in his possession any arms or munitions thus unlawfully seized as above stated, forthwith to deliver up the same to the judge of the county court of the county in which he resides, to be returned by said judge to the State arsenal at Frankfort; and I make this appeal to the loyalty of such citizens in good faith, believing that they will promptly manifest such a signal poof of their fidelity to the laws and authorities of the State; at the same time warning all concerned that if this order be not promptly obeyed, my duty will require the most rigorous enforcement of the laws against all disobedient offenders.

[L. S.]

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my name, and caused the seal of the Commonwealth to be affixed. Done at Frankfort, this, the 3d day of August, A. D. 1861, and in the seventieth year of the Commonwealth.

By the Governor,

B. Magoffin. Thomas B. Monroe, Jr., Secretary of State.

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