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[186] five heated, unruly persons in the crowd discharged
Chap. XXXV.} 1768. Sept.
their guns into the roof of the house, making two or three holes, and breaking two panes of glass without further damage.1 At Fanning's instance, a warrant was issued by the Chief Justice to arrest three of the rioters, and bring them all the way to Halifax.2

Raising a clamor against the odiousness of rebellion, Fanning himself, as military Commander in Orange, called out seven companies of militia;3 but not above one hundred and twenty men appeared with arms, and of these, all but a few stood neutral or declared in favor of the Regulators.4 In Anson County5 on the twenty-first of April, a mob interrupted the inferior court; and, moreover,6 bound themselves by oath7 to pay no taxes, and to protect each other against warrants of distress or imprisonment.

In Orange County the discontented did not harbor a thought of violence,8 and were only preparing a Petition to the Governor and Council. ‘They call themselves Regulators,’ said Fanning, ‘but by lawyers they must be termed rebels and traitors;’ and he calumniated them as plotting to take his life, and lay Hillsborough in ashes.9 Meantime Tryon, who as the King's Representative, should have joined impartiality with lenity, made himself an open volunteer

1 Committee of Regulators to Governor Tryon, 30 May, 1768. Lieut. Col. Gray to Colonel Fanning, 9 April, 1768.

2 Memorandum preceding Grays Letter.

3 Col. Fanning to Col. Gray, 13 April, 1768.

4 F. Nash and T. Hart to Col. Fanning, 17 April, 1763.

5 Col. Spencer to Gov. Tryon, 28 April, 1768.

6 Address from the Inhabitants of Anson County to Tryon.

7 The Oath, in Rules and Resolves of the Anson Mob.

8 Compare the Letter of the Regulators to Tryon, 30 May, 1768.

9 Fanning to Tryon, 23 April, 1768.

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