PROCLAMATION AGAINST REBELLION

 

October 7, 1878

Washington, D.C.

 

Whereas it is provided in the laws of the United States that whenever, by reason of unlawful obstructions, combinations or assemblages of persons, or rebellion against the authority of the Government of the United States, it shall be-come impracticable, in the judgment of the President, to enforce by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings the laws of the united states within the State or Territory, it shall be lawful for the President to call forth the militia of any of all the States, and to employ such parts of the land and naval forces of the United States as he may deem necessary to enforce the faithful execution of the laws of the United States, or to suppress such rebellion, in whatever State or Territory thereof the laws of the United States may be forcibly opposed or the execution thereof forcibly obstructed;

 

And whereas it has been made to appear to me that by reason of unlawful combinations and assemblages of persons in arms, it has become impracticable to enforce, by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, the laws of the United States within the Territory of New Mexico, and especially within Lincoln County therein; and that the laws of the United States have been therein forcibly opposed and the execution thereof forcibly resisted;

 

And whereas the laws of the United States require that whenever it may be necessary, in the judgment of the President, to use the military force for the purpose of enforcing the faithful execution of the laws of the United States, he shall forthwith, by proclamation, command such insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes, within a limited time:

 

Now, therefore, I, RUTHERFORD B. HAYES, President of the United States, do hereby admonish all good citizens of the United States, and especially of the Territory of New Mexico, against aiding, countenancing, abetting, or taking part of any such unlawful proceedings, and I do hereby warn all persons engaged in or connected with said obstructions of the laws, to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes on or before noon of the thirteenth day of October, instant.

 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. 

 

Done at the city of Washington this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and third.