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British royal proclamations relating to America, 1603-1783. [e-book]
Includes English Royal proclamations, declaration and manifestos relating to the Americas, 1603-1783 that emanated directly from the Monarch. It does not include orders in council (see the Privy Council, colonial series), proclamations of other colonial or british officials (some of which can be found in the London Gazette), or parliamentary decisions. Also available in print:
Locations: Van Pelt Library: E172 .A3 1971 v.12; Van Pelt Library: E18.82 .G7 1968
Acts of the Privy Council
Through most of the 17th century, the Privy Council was the chief executive body advising and making decisions on behalf of the Monarch. The Privy Council played three chief roles in regards to the colonies:
- It was the primary channel of communications between the King and the proprietors/governing bodies of colonies as well as the chief executive body charged with managing the colonies.
- It was the final court of appeal with regard to cases brought by colonial courts as well as the highest recipient of petitions from subjects.
- It gave or withheld assent to colonial legislation.
Through the 18th century the Privy Council lost power to Parliament and the Cabinet.
London Gazette. [e-resource]
The official journal of record of the British Government, The London Gazette conveyed information of political interest to legal and official representatives in England and throughout the Empire. It had a virtual monopoly of regular news coverage until the early 18th century. Aside from news items, it regularly provided coverage of official announcements, legal proceedings, land grants, appointments, honors, bankruptcy announcements, letters of thanks to the monarch, and related types of information. the Gazette readership was not the general public but the mercantile classes, the legal profession and officers of state serving at home and abroad.