Proclamation, Oct. 7th, 1763 (bilingual)
This proclamation announced Britain's
intentions to establish governments in different regions
of newly acquired territories. Lord
Mansfield indicated in a 1774 judgment that it
was the constitution of Québec "by proclamation"
until it was superceded by other acts.
This proclamation outlined the future government of Québec. The
governor would call an assembly "so soon as the state and circumstances of the said
Colonies admit." Governors had power to make laws for "Public
Peace, Welfare and good Government, as near as may be agreeable
to the laws of England."
The document also reserved lands for Aboriginal people ("Indians")
and ordered people settled on those lands to leave.