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[190] threw himself entirely against the Regulators,
Chap. XXXV.} 1768. Sept.
and demanded of them unconditional and immediate submission,1 and that twelve of them should give bonds in a thousand pounds each, for the peaceful conduct of them all. An alarm went abroad, the first of the kind, that Indians2 as well as men from the lower counties, were to be raised to cut off the inhabitants of Orange County as ‘Rebels.’ About fifteen hundred men3 were actually in arms; and yet when in September, the causes came on for trial in the presence of Tryon, and with such a display of troops, Husbands was acquitted on every charge; and Fanning who had been a volunteer witness against him, was convicted on six several indictments.4 A verdict was also given against three Regulators. The court punished Fanning by a fine of one penny on each of his convictions; the Regulators were sentenced to pay fifty pounds each, and be imprisoned for six months.

Tryon would have sent troops to reduce the Regulators to submission by fire and sword; but his sanguinary disposition was overruled by the Council of War.5 The Regulators remained quiet at their own homes, brooding over the failure of their efforts for redress. They resolved at the next election to

1 Tryon to Inhabitants of Orange County, &c. 1 August, 1768. Depositions of Tyree Harris and of R. Sutherland, 3 August. Regulators to Gov. Tryon, delivered 5 August. Order in Council at Hillsborough, 13 August, and Letter of Tryon to the Regulators.

2 Letter of James Hunter, Thos. Welburn, and Peter Julian, in behalf of the Regulators, 19 August, 1768.

3 A General Return of the troops assembled under His Excellency's command, Hillsborough Camp, 22 September, 1768.

4 Copy of the Docket, relating to the Indictments, in Herman Husbands' Impartial Account. See Wheeler's History of North Carolina, II. 321, 322.

5 Proceedings and Resolutions of the Council of War, held at Hillsborough, 22-23 Sept. 1768.

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