, of North Carolina
, has recently issued a proclamation declaring that information has reached him that certain persons, unmindful of the calls of patriotism, and forgetful of the duties of good citizens, are using their influence to prevent obedience to the law of Congress known as the Conscript law, and that others are attempting to organize an open resistance to its execution; and such conduct being not only in direct violation of law, but also detrimental in the highest degree to the cause of our country, it becomes his sacred duty to prevent and repress the same by all the means in his power.
He therefore warns all such persons to desist from such unpatriotic and criminal conduct, earnestly hoping that all who are disinclined to defend their homes themselves, either by reason of age, infirmity, or cowardice, will cease to dissuade those who are willing; and notifying positively all persons contemplating an armed resistance to the law, if there really he any such misguided and evil disposed persons in our midst, that they will commit the crime of treason, according to the Constitution
, and must not expect to escape the penalties.
thousands upon thousands of our best and bravest have cheerfully obeyed the law, and by their patriotic valor have driven the enemy back to the Potomac
, it would be an intolerable outrage upon them to permit others to evade the law, of, worse still, to resist it by open violence.
Let no one, therefore, be deceived; the law will be enforced, and I appeal to all loyal and patriotic citizens to sustain those who are charged with its execution.