A PROCLAMATION For Discovering who Robbed the Packquit.

WILLIAM and MARY by the Grace of GOD, King and Queen of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, Defen­ders of the Faith; To [...] Macers of Our Privy Council, Messengers at Arms, Our Sheriffs in that part, conjunctly and severally, specially constitute, Greeting: Forasmuch as, albeit by the Third Act of the Third Session of Our current Parliament, the Robbing or Seising the common Post, Male, or Packquit, or any other Express to, or from this Kingdom to the Kingdom of England, or the Kingdom of Ireland, is Declared to be a notorious kind of Robberie, and shal be punished with Death, and Confiscation of Moveables; Yet nevertheless, some Persons of Pernicious and Disloyal Principles, in manifest Contempt of the said Act of Parliament, have of late made it their Business, to Robb, and take away the said or­dinary Packquit, and particularly upon Saturday last, the thirteenth Instant, a person mounted on Horse-back, with a Sword about him, and another Person on Foot, with a Pistol in his hand, did Invade, and fall upon the Post-boy upon the High-way from Haddingtoun to Edinburgh, near that place thereof called Jocks-Lodge, about Ten hours of the Night, and violently Robbed and Carried away from the said Post-boy, the Packquit or common Male from England to this Kingdom, with the Horse whereon the Boy rode, being a Sorrel-Naig, and thereby did their outmost Endeavours to Intercept Our Royal Commands to Our Privy Council of this Kingdom, and to hinder that Communication which is absolutely requisit for the right Administration of Our Government, and the support of Trade and Commerse amongst Our good Subjects; And We being earnestly desirous, that the persons guilty of such horrid Villany and Crimes, as well as any accessory thereto, should be discovered and apprehended. Therefore, for the more effectual Discovery and Apprehending of the saids Persons guilty of, or accessory to the Seising upon, or Robbing of the said Male or Packquit upon Saturday last; We with Advice of Our Privy Council, Assure, and Declare, that (by and attour the refounding what Charges and Expences shall be laid out by any of Our Leidges, or what Damage shall be sustained by them, in Discovering and Apprehending the saids Cri­minals) there shall be duely payed to them by the Lor [...]s of Our Theasury, the Sum of Fifty Pounds Sterling, as a Reward for their Discovery, and the Sum of an hundred Pounds Money foresaid, to any who shall Take and Apprehend the Persons guilty of the Crime above-mentioned, or any of them, and deliver them Prisoners to the next Sheriff, or Magistrat of Burgh-royal; And for the more ef­fectual Discovery of the said Crime, We with Advice foresaid, not only Pardon, Indemnifie, and Remit the said Crime of Seizing and Robbing the Packquit to any one of the Persons concerned therein, or accessory and privy thereto, who shall come in, and make the first Discovery thereof, to any of Our Privy Council, betwixt and the Twenty second day of August current; but also assure to them, or any of them the said Reward of Fifty Pounds Sterling; And further, We with Advice foresaid, Declare these presents shall be a sufficient Pardon and Indemnity to all and every one of Our good Subjects, for all Slaughter, Wounds, or Mutilation that shall be done or committed by them upon any of the saids Criminals, and their Associats, in the taking and apprehending of them, and bringing them to condign Punishment. OUR WILL IS HEREFORE and We charge you Strictly, and Command, that incontinent these Our Letters seen, ye pass to the Mercat-crosses of Edinburgh, Haddingtoun and Linlithgow, and there in Our Name and Authority, make Publication hereof, by open Proclamation, that none pretend Ignorance. And Ordains these presents to be Printed.

Per actum Dominorum Secreti Concilii. In Supplementum Signeti. DA. MONCREIFF, Cls. Sti. Concilii.
GOD Save King VVilliam and Queen Mary.

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