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‘ [391] of their accounts.’1 Honor and good faith now
Chap. XLVI.} 1771. Feb.
prompted them to join for the rescue of Husbands.

Tryon was intimidated. Newbern 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 Superior Court.4 On the sixth of March, about four or five hundred of them encamped in the woods near the Ferry, on the

1 Petition signed by one hundred and seventy-four, addressed to Chief Justice Martin, &c. &c.

2 Tryon to Hillsborough, 12 April, 1771.

3 Tryon to Hillsborough.

4 Colonels Frohock and Martin to Gov. Tryon, Salisbury, 18 March, 1771.

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