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Doc. 31.-Governor McGill's proclamation.

The following is the first response from Washington Territory to the President's proclamation for troops:--

Whereas, the President of the United States has issued his proclamation, stating that the laws of the United States have been and now are opposed in several States by combinations too powerful to be suppressed in the ordinary way, and therefore calling for the militia of the several States, now, therefore, deeming it expedient that the militia of the Territory of washington should be placed in readiness to meet any requisition from the President of the United States, or the Governor of this Territory, [166] to aid in “maintaining the laws and integrity of the national Union,” I do hereby call upon all the citizens of this Territory capable of bearing arms, and liable to militia duty, to report immediately to the Adjutant-General of the Territory, and proceed at once to organize themselves into companies, and elect their own officers, in the manner prescribed by the act of January 26, 1855, and the amendatory act of February 4, 1858, to organize the militia. The organization of each company will be immediately reported to Adjutant-General Frank Matthias, at Seattle, W. T., and through him to the Governor, when the commissions will issue to the officers elected.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the Territory to be affixed, at Olympia, this tenth day of May, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, and of the Independence the eighty-fifth.

[L. S.]

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