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[36] and elected Delegates to a General Meeting. ‘They
Chap. XXVII.} 1766. Oct.
are judiciously to examine,’ such were the instructions given them by their simple-hearted constituents, ‘whether the freemen of this County labor under abuses of power, and in particular to examine into the public taxes, and inform themselves by what laws, and for what uses they are laid, in order to remove some jealousies out of our minds; and the Representatives, Vestrymen, and other officers are requested to give the Members of said Meeting what information and satisfaction they can; so far as they value the good will of every honest freeholder and rendering the execution of the public offices pleasant and delightsome.’1

In October, chosen men, about twelve in number, assembled at Maddock's Mill, on Enoe River, just outside of Hillsborough. Some of the officers had expressed their willingness to meet the people; but none appeared. A second invitation was sent to them; but no answer came, except from Edmund Fanning.2 A favorite and at a later day the sonin-law of Governor Tryon, he was at that time the Representative of the County, one of its magistrates, the highest officer under the Crown in its militia; and was amassing a fortune by oppression as an attorney, and by extortion as Registrar, loading titles to estates with doubts,3 and charging illegal prices for recording Deeds.4 He was, above all others, justly obnoxious to the people; and his message to them

1 Meeting of the Neighborhood of Deep River, the 20th Aug. 1768.

2 Plain, Simple Narrative of Facts.

3 Compare Sabine's American Loyalists, at the word Edmund Fanning.

4 For Proofs of Extortion, see Records of the Court held at Hillsborough, September, 1768, printed by Husbands, and reprinted in Wheeler's North Carolina, II. 322. Tryon admits the Fact.

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