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[396] retreat.1 Nine of the King's troops were killed, and
Chap. XLVI.} 1771. May.
sixty-one wounded.2 Of the Regulators, above twenty fell in battle, besides the wounded.3 Some prisoners were taken in the pursuit. Before sunset, Tryon had returned in triumph to his camp.

The next day James Few, one of the prisoners, was by the Governor's order, hanged on a tree as an outlaw; and his parents ruined by the destruction of their estate. Then followed one proclamation after another,4 excepting from mercy outlaws and prisoners, and promising it to none others but those who should take an oath of allegiance, pay taxes, submit to the laws, and deliver up their arms.

After this Tryon proceeded to the Yadkin to join

Waddel, who had incurred some danger of being cut off. Waddel then moved through the Southwestern counties, unmolested, except that in Mecklenburgh his ammunition was blown up,5 while Tryon turned back, living at free quarters on the Regulators,6 forcing them to contribute all kinds of provisions, and burning the houses and laying waste and destroying the plantations of every outlaw.7

On the ninth of June he arrived at Hillsborough, where the Court awaited him. His first work was a proclamation inviting ‘every person’ to shoot Herman Husbands, or James Hunter, or Redknap

1 Letter from North Carolina, 24 July, 1771.

2 Official return of the killed and wounded.

3 Martin's Hist. of North Carolina, II. 282.

4 Proclamation of Tryon, 17 May, and others.

5 Tryon's Proclamation of 11 June, excepting from the amnesty, “all concerned in blowing up Gen eral Waddel's ammunition in Mecklenburgh.”

6 Postscript to the same letter.

7 Tryon to Hillsborough, 1 August, 1771. ‘The commissary had got occasion to purchase any provision for the troops, from the 16th of May, till they quitted their settlements the 20th of June.’

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