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• Franklin Pierce
Proclamation 64—Warning to United States Citizens Against Participating in an Unlawful Military Operations in Nicaragua
December 8, 1855
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas information has been received by me that sundry persons, citizens of the United States and others resident therein, are preparing, within the jurisdiction of the same, to enlist, or enter themselves, or to hire or retain others to participate ill military operations within the State of Nicaragua:

Now, therefore, I, Franklin Pierce, President of the United States, do warn all persons against connecting themselves with any such enterprise or undertaking, as being contrary to their duty as good citizens and to the laws of their country and threatening to the peace of the United States.

I do further admonish all persons who may depart from the United States. either singly or in numbers, organized or unorganized, for any such purpose, that they will thereby cease to be entitled to the protection of this Government.

I exhort all good citizens to discountenance and prevent any such disreputable and criminal undertaking as aforesaid, charging all officers, civil and military, having lawful power in the premises, to exercise the same for the purpose of maintaining the authority and enforcing the laws of the United States.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed to these presents.

Done at the city of Washington, the 8th day of December, 1855, and of the Independence of the United States the eightieth.


By the President:


Secretary of State .

Citation: Franklin Pierce: "Proclamation 64—Warning to United States Citizens Against Participating in an Unlawful Military Operations in Nicaragua", December 8, 1855. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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