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Context of By His Excellency Benjamin Fletcher, captain general and governour in chief of the province of New-York, &c. A proclamation : whereas sundry souldiers belonging to the four companies of granadeers in garrison in His Majesties forts in New-York, Albany and the fronteers of this province, have lately deserted and run into the neighboring colonies ... I do hereby ... declare, that in case the said deserters ... shall return unto their respective garrisons within the space of thirty days, now next ensuing, I do freely pardon all such as shall so return
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