Proclamation by the King for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition

(1775)

Impact

The Proclamation by the King for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition had a different impact on each of George III's audiences. For those engaging in the highest levels of British politics, George III's statement provided further evidence of their opinions concerning his leadership and its effectiveness. His supporters found a firmness of purpose and direction in his words, while his opposition saw evidence of his intractable nature and failure to compromise. Similarly to George III, both sides viewed the document through the lens of an eighteenth-century elite who practiced the politics of convenience and factional loyalty. The statement not only served to define the position of the Crown but also functioned as fodder for discussion and debate. The British public was much less discriminating in its interpretations. Their reading of the document was filtered by the popular press. In fact, given the low literacy rates in Great Britain, most of their understanding came by...

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King George III (Library of Congress)

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