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Doc. 240.-proclamation by Gov. Hicks.

State of Maryland, Executive Chamber, Frederick, Maryland, June 7, 1861.
Whereas, Some of the arms and accoutrements belonging to the State have been placed beyond the control of the constituted authorities, as is believed for disloyal purposes, by persons connected with some of the military companies of the city of Baltimore, in violation of their duties as soldiers and as citizens; and whereas, a very large number of the arms and accoutrements of the State still remain in the hands of the various military companies of said city, some of whom are known to be disloyal to their country; and whereas, there are just grounds for apprehending that a portion of said arms and accoutrements are about to be carried beyond the limits of this State for hostile purposes, and others are about to be destroyed or concealed--

Now, therefore, I, Thomas Holliday Hicks, Governor of Maryland, by virtue of the power vested in me by the law of the State, do hereby, by this my proclamation, warn and enjoin upon all citizens of Baltimore, the loyal as well as the disloyal, having in their hands and possession any arms and accoutrements belonging to the State, to surrender and deliver up the same to Colonel E. R. Petherbridge, who is [348] fully authorized to reclaim and take possession of such arms and accoutrements, and to take all necessary steps, on behalf of the State, to secure from those to whom said arms and accoutrements have been confided, a strict compliance with the condition of their bonds for the preservation of such arms and accoutrements, and for their re-delivery to the State whenever thereto required by my order.

Given under my hand.


--N. Y. Express, June 10.

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