Doc. 202.-proclamation of Gov. Curtin.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Andrew G. Curtin, Governor of the said Commonwealth, A Proclamation to the freemen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:-- Washington is again believed to be in danger. The President has made an earnest appeal for all the men that can be furnished to be sent forward without delay. If Pennsylvania now puts forth her strength, the hords of hungry rebels may be swept down to the latitudes where they belong. If she falters, the seat of tumults, disorder, and rapine may be transferred to her own soil. Let every man so act that he will not be ashamed to look at his mother, his wife, or sisters. In this emergency it devolves upon me to call upon all commanders of companies to report immediately to the Headquarters of the Commonwealth, at Harrisburg, that means may be provided for their immediate transportation, with the men under their commands. The three-months volunteers, whose discharge has so weakened the army, are urged by every consideration of feeling, duty, and patriotism, to resume their arms at the call of their country, and aid the other men of Pennsylvania in quelling the traitors. Given under my hand and the great seal of the State, at Harrisburg, this 20th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1861, and of the Commonwealth the eighty-sixth.
Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth.