of their accounts.’1
Honor and good faith now
prompted them to join for the rescue of Husbands.
might be attacked and his newly finished palace, source of so much gratification to his vanity, of grievous taxation to the people, might be burned to the ground.
Without some manifest sanction of law he dared no longer detain in custody the sturdy Highlander
, who had come down under the safeguard of his unquestioned election to the Legislature.
Eager to take advantage of the Riot Act
, he had by special commission called the Judges
to meet at Newbern
on the sixth of February.
No sooner were they assembled, than he conspired with the Chief Justice
to get Husbands indicted for a pretended libel.
But the Grand Jury
refused to do the work assigned them; and the prisoner was set free2
Angry with the indocile jury, the Governor
by a new Commission, called another court for the eleventh of March; against which day he took care, by
giving the strictest orders to the Sheriffs, many of whom were defaulters, and by the indefatigable exertions of his own private Secretary
, to obtain jurors and witnesses, suited to his purpose.3
The liberation of Husbands having stopped the march of the Regulators, it occurred to some of them on their return to visit Salisbury
On the sixth of March, about four or five hundred of them encamped in the woods near the Ferry
, on the