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nor any money which there is a possibility of remitting to Denmark. Every person so indebted is exempt from paying the sums due. But should any such debtor attempt to pay any part thereof, at any time, he shall be compelled to pay the whole amount to the present government.
13. All kinds of grain shall by no means be sold at exorbitant prices.
14. All Icelanders are exempted from one half of their taxes till the 1st of July, 1810.
15. The inhabitants can proceed uninterruptedly from place to place and trade wherever and with whomsoever they please, except Danish merchants not resident in Iceland.
16. Till such time as the natives shall send in their representatives, all public officers, and persons who have money due from government, may address me for the same, and they shall be paid.
17. No man shall be judged or punished, after the representatives are assembled, without being found deserving of punishment by twelve of his fellow-citizens.
18. Every public officer, of whatever denomination, shall endeavour to prevent all communication with Danish ships. A specification shall be given in of what grain is necessary for each district, so that it may be transported thither before the setting in of the winter; and care shall be taken that hereafter the island shall be supplied with corn for one year to come.
19. No Icelander must, on account of the late liberty being granted, presume to offend or assault a person for being a Dane, nor for having held a situation under the king, nor for having been in the employment of, or connected with, a Danish mercantile house, provided they do not interfere with the political affairs of the island.
*** The number of representatives to be sent are three from the southern ampt, one from the eastern ampt, two from the northern, and two from the western ampt.
JORGEN JoRGENSEN. N°3.PROCLAMATION.
Reikevig, June 29, 1809.
We are informed that certain evil-minded people have propagated false reports in the country; and have represented to the inhabitants that it is dangerous to travel from place to place, and that much blood has been spilled in the streets of Reikevig by the English. The inhabitants need not be under any apprehensions, but may rest assured that no violence will be committed against them, and that they are at full liberty to follow their lawful occupations without molestation; and it is hereby declared that all such rumours are entirely without foundation.— All persons that do or shall hereafter spread such false reports, shall be deemed enemies to the state, and it will be necessary to treat all such people, who do not demean themselves as peaceable citizens, with the utmost severity.
Reikevig, July 1, 1809.
We are informed that some discontent exists on account of the natives interpreting an article in the proclamation of the 26th of June, to a total exemption from all debts whatever.—It is hereby declared, that only such debt is remitted which is due to the king, or to such Danish mercantile houses, whose principals are not residents of Iceland. It is further declared, that all such Danish merchants, whose wives and children are at present in Iceland, and who themselves wish to remain in the island, shall receive all debts due to them, and, in case of refusal, the persons concerned will communicate the same to me, who engage to see justice done. On the other hand, all such natives as have money due from Danish merchants' mercantile houses on the island, shall have the same paid to them, if such debt can be proved by their books.
Reikevig, July 11, 1809. In our proclamation, dated the 26th of June, 1809, it was requested that the nearest districts should, within a fortnight, and the more distant, within a certain limited time, send in representatives, to consult what was best to be done in the present exigency. We find, however, that the public officers have far from facilitated such a meeting; and we are therefore under the necessity of no longer resisting the wish of the people, who have earnestly solicited us to manage the administration of public affairs, and who have in hundreds offered to serve in the defence of their country.—It is therefore declared,
1. That We, Jorgen Jorgensen, have undertaken the management of public affairs, under the name of Protector, until a settled constitution can be fixed on, with full power to make war or conclude peace with foreign powers.