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[35] Presbyterians,1 suffered from the illegal exactions of
Chap. XXVII.} 1766. Oct.
Sheriffs and officials, whose pillaging was supported by the whole force of Government. ‘The Sons of Liberty,’ said they to one another, ‘withstood the Lords of Parliament in behalf of true Liberty; let not officers under them carry on unjust oppression in our province.’2 Some of those who were wronged hardly gained by their utmost efforts a scanty subsistence for their families.3 All were loyal; regarding the British form of government as ‘the wholesomest Constitution in being.’ But they were goaded ‘by the corrupt and arbitrary practices of nefarious and designing men, who, being put into posts of profit and credit among them, and not being satisfied with the legal benefits which arose from the execution of their offices, had been using every artifice, practising every fraud, and where these failed, not sparing threats and menaces whereby to squeeze and extort from the wretched poor.’4

To meet this flood of iniquity, the most approved advice came from Herman Husbands,5 an independent farmer, who dwelt on Sandy Creek, then in Orange, now Randolph County, where he possessed an ample freehold of most fertile land, and cultivated it so well, that his fields of wheat and his ‘clover meadow’6 were the admiration of all observers. Each neighborhood throughout Orange County came together

1 Compare Foote's Sketches of North Carolina, chap. XI.

2 No. 1, Advertisement C. Aug. 1766. In Tryon to Secretary of State, 24 Dec. 1768; Martin's North Carolina, II. 217; Jones's Defence of N. C.

3 Compare Petition prepared by Fanning, and sent the Regulators by Fanning's friend, Ralph McNair.

4 Plain and Simple Narrative of Facts.

5 Compare A Plain and Simple Narrative of Facts.

6 Compare North Carolina Gazette of 15 July, 1771, copied into Boston Gazette of 15 July, 1771; 348, 2, 1 and 2.

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