The proclamation ordered British officials to “use their utmost endeavors to withstand and suppress such rebellion.”
King George expanded on the Proclamation in October of 1775, for he believed that American leaders were instigating the rebellion in a “desperate conspiracy” to become an independent nation.
The colonists responded that they were loyal to the king, and said that while they would defend their rights and retaliate, they told the King that they hoped to avoid a civil war. Less than a year later, however, they declared their independence and the Revolutionary War began.
Words of Wisdom
Gentlemen, I am very happy in having the honor of commanding so fine a band of men. I do not in the least doubt that you will behave like Englishmen and becomrth good Soldiers. If the enemy will not come out of their entrenchments, we must drive them out at all events. Otherwise, the town of Boston will be set on fire by them. I shall not desire one of you to go a step farther than where I go myself at your head. Remember, gentlemen, we have no recourse to any other resourses if we lose Boston but to go on board our ships, which will be very disagreeable to us all.