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[187] on the side of Fanning,1 and while he advised the
Chap. XXXV.} 1768. Sept.
people to petition the Provincial Legislature,2 he empowered Fanning to call out the militia of eight counties besides Orange, and suppress insurrections by force.

The people of Orange, and equally of Anson, Rowan and Mecklenburg, were unanimous in their resolution to claim relief of the Governor. Flattery was, therefore, mixed with menaces, to allure the Regulators to sign a Petition which Fanning had artfully drafted,3 and which rather invoked pardon than demanded redress.4 ‘You may assure yourself from my knowledge of things,’ wrote Fanning's agent to Herman Husbands, ‘one couched in any other terms cannot go down with the Governor. The hands and the feet, should not run in mutiny against the head.’ But he vainly sought to terrify the rustic patriot by threats of confiscation of property, perpetual imprisonment, and even the penalties for High Treason.5

On the last day of April, the Regulators of Orange County, peacefully assembled on Rocky River, appointed twelve men on their behalf, “to settle the several matters of which they complained;” 6 instructed ‘the Settlers’ to procure a table of the taxables, taxes, and legal fees of public officers;7

1 Governor Tryon to Fanning, 27 April, 1768.

2 Governor Tryon's Proclamation.

3 Plain and Simple Narration of Facts, 1768.

4 Paper offered for Signature at the Council of Regulators, 25 April, 1768. Petition to his Excellency, William Tryon, Esq. &c. &c., inclosed in the letter of Ralph McNair to Herman Husbands, without date, but about 25 April, 1768.

5 McNair to Herman Husbands, April, 1768.

6 General meeting of the Regulators, 30 April, 1768.

7 Instructions to the Settlers appointed by the County.

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