, under orders from the council, dis-
armed the Highlanders
and Regulators of the back country, and sent the ringleaders to Halifax
offered assistance, and South Carolina
would gladly have contributed relief; but North Carolina
had men enough of her own to crush the insurrection and guard against invasion; and as they marched in triumph through their piny forests, they were persuaded that in their own woods they could win an easy victory over British regulars.
had promised the king to raise ten thousand recruits; the storeship, with their ten thousand stands of arms and two millions of cartridges, was then buffeting the storms of the Atlantic
; and he could not supply a single company.
remained confident, secure, and tranquil; the terrors of a fate like that of Norfolk
could not dismay the patriots of Wilmington
; the people spoke more and more of independence; and the provincial congress, at its impending session, was expected to give an authoritative form to the prevailing desire.