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[392] western side of the Yadkin River. ‘The lawyers
Chap. XLVI.} 1771. March
are every thing’ they complained. ‘There should be none in the Province.’ ‘We shall be forced to kill them all.’ ‘There never was such an Act as the Riot Act in the laws of England.’1 This was true; the Counsel to the Board of Trade, making his official report upon that law, declared its clause of outlawry ‘altogether unfit for any part of the British empire.’2 ‘We come,’ said the Chiefs in the Regulators' camp to an officer from Salisbury, ‘with no intention to obstruct the Court, or to injure the person or property of any one; but only to petition for a redress of grievances against officers taking exorbitant fees.’ ‘Why then,’ it was asked, ‘are some of you armed?’ ‘Our arms,’ said they, ‘are only to defend ourselves.’ They were told, that no Court would be held on account of the disturbances; but the very persons of whom they complained, finding them ‘peaceably disposed beyond expectation,’3 agreed with them, that all differences with the officers of the county of Rowan should be settled by arbitration on the third Tuesday in May. The umpires being named, the Regulators marched through Salisbury, gave three cheers, and quietly returned4 to their farms, which were the best lands in the whole Province.5

1 Deposition of Waightstill Avery. This deposition of one of Tryon's witnesses, taken alone, gives a very wrong view of the case. The letter of Frohock and Martin must be compared. They are adverse witnesses, but far more candid than Avery.

2 Report of Richard Jackson to the Board of Trade, on the Acts of the North Carolina Session, which began Dec. 5, 1771; 14 February, 1772.

3 From the letter of Fohock and Martin.

4 Letters of Tryon and of Martin; Caruthers in Life of Galdwell.

5 This account, given by the very officers of whom complaint was made, was the statement on the Government side, not of the Regulators. See Frohock and Martin to Tryon, 18 March, 1771.

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