About Governor Jonathan Belcher's Proclamation for the Encouragement of Piety and Virtue

[In Colonial America, it was O.K. for a governor or ruler to encourage morality in the people and to stand up for moral values! The following is from The New England Weekly Journal, No. 185, October 5, 1730 (Printed by Kneeland and Green):]


    His Excellency our Governor, with the Advice of His Majesty's Council, has been pleased to issue out a Proclamation for the encouragement of piety and virtue, and for the preventing and punishing of vice, prophaneness, and immorality; pursuant to His Majesty's commands given to His Excellency in his royal instructions, and from a sincere desire that the surest foundation of the lasting prosperity and happiness of this people may be laid in a general reformation of manners, and in the increase and flourishing of piety and virtue under the administration of this government.

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