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Rebels Could Expect to Die
CO 137/181


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[crest] DIEU ET MON DROIT
Head-Quarters, Montego-Bay,
St. James's, Jan. 2, 1832.
TO
THE REBELLIOUS
SLAVES.
NEGROES,
YOU have taken up arms against your Masters, and have burnt and plundered their Houses and Buildings. Some wicked persons have told you that the King has made you free, and that your Masters withhold your freedom from you. In the name of the King, I come amongst you, to tell you that you are misled. I bring with me numerous Forces to punish the guilty, and all who are found with the Rebels will be put to death, without Mercy. You cannot resist the King's Troops. Surrender yourselves, and beg that your crime may be pardoned. All who yield themselves up at any Military Post immediately, provided they are not the principals and chiefs in the burnings that have been committed, will receive His Majesty's gracious pardon. All who hold out, will meet with certain death.
WILLOUGHBY COTTON,
Maj. General Command[in]g.
GOD SAVE THE KING.

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