The Delawarean Thomas McKean (1734–1817, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, served with Dickinson in the Continental Congresses and in the militia during the American Revolution. In this letter directed to Caesar Rodney, President [Governor] of Delaware, McKean and Dickinson are requesting assistance with the guard and transport of sixty–four British prisoners of war whose ship, the sloop of war Harlem, had been captured while en route to Haiti.
John Dickinson, Pennsylvania, Ss. by the President and Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a Proclamation: As the Best and Greatest of Beings Commanded Mankind into Existence with a Capacity for Happiness, Bestowing Upon Them Understanding and Many "good Gifts" ... All Persons Are Hereby Fervently Exhorted, to Observe the Lord's Day ... Given in Council, Under the Hand of the President, and the Seal of the State, at Philadelphia, This Twentieth Day of November ... One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Two. Philadelphia: Printed by Francis Bailey, 1782.
Dickinson wrote this proclamation while he was President [governor] of Pennsylvania.