were bent on revenge.
On the eleventh of March the Court
opened at Newbern
; with willing witnesses and a unanimous Grand Jury, sixty-one1
indictments were readily found for felonies or riots, against the leading Regulators in Orange County
, who lived two hundred miles off, and many of whom had been at home during the riots of which they were accused.
By law, criminal jurisdiction belonged in the first instance to the district within which offences were charged to have been committed; every one of the indictments was illegal;2
and yet those charged with felony must appear within sixty days, or a vain and merciless Governor will declare them outlaws.
Armed with this authority to proscribe the principal men among the Regulators, Tryon
next received the Grand Jury
at the Palace, and volunteered to them to lead troops into the western counties.3
The obsequious body, passing beyond their proper functions, applauded his purpose; and the Council acquiesced.
To obtain the necessary funds, which the Legislature had refused to provide, Tryon
created a paper currency by drafts on the Treasury.
The Northern Treasurer declined to sanction the
illegal drafts; and in consequence, the Eastern
counties took no part in the scenes that followed; but the Southern Treasurer
a body of militia under the command of Waddel