At the Court at Carlton House, The Twenty-third Day of June 1812. Present, His Royal Highness The Prince Regent in Council.
Broadsides, or oversized printed sheets, were an effective way of communicating ideas and information to the general public. Broadsides typically contained proclamations, announcements, or advertisements, and were publicly posted or distributed door to door. This broadside, printed in London, announces a significant act of government that was a contributing factor to the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. The broadside is printed with a proclamation, titled “At the Court at Carlton House, The Twenty-third Day of June 1812. Present, His Royal Highness The Prince Regent in Council,” repealing the British Orders in Council. Two of President Madison’s grievances, which eventually led to the United States’ declaration of war against Great Britain, concerned the harassment of American merchant vessels and the blockading of commerce. Through the Orders in Council, Great Britain had attempted to thwart international trade with its enemy, France. The United States, attempting to trade with both England and France, was stymied by the Orders in Council. On June 18, 1812, the United States issued its war declaration against Great Britain, just five days before the Prince Regent repealed the Orders in Council. By the time news of the repeal reached the United States, it was too late.