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[188] and framed a Petition to the General Assembly,
Chap. XXXV.} 1768. Sept.
to secure them a fair hearing, and redress where they had been wronged.1

Fanning, on his side, unable to induce the Regulators to heed the offer2 of his services, advertised their union as a daring insurrection, announced his authority to employ against them the militia of eight counties, and bade them expect ‘no mitigation of punishment for their crimes;’ at the same time twenty-seven armed men of his procuring, chiefly Sheriffs and their dependents, and officers, were suddenly despatched on secret service, and after travelling all night, arrived near break of day, on Monday the second of May, at Sandy Creek, where they made prisoners of Herman Husbands and William Butler.3

Against Husbands there was no just charge whatever. He had never so much as joined ‘the Regulation;’ had never been concerned in any tumult; and was seized at home on his own land. The ‘astonishing news,’ therefore, of his captivity, set the County in a ferment. Regulators and their opponents, judging that none were safe, prepared alike to go down to his rescue, but were turned back4 by ‘the glad tidings,’ that the Governor himself had promised to receive their complaints.

Hurried to gaol, insulted, tied with cords, and threatened with the gallows, Husbands succeeded by partial concessions, the use of money, and by giving bonds, to obtain his liberty. But it seemed to him,

1 Petition of the Regulators to the Governor, Council and Assembly.

2 Col. Fanning to Jacob Fudge, 1 May, 1768.

3 A plain simple Narrative of Facts.

4 Doings of a General Meeting of Regulators and Inhabitants of Orange County, 21 May, 1768.

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