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Monday, June 20, 2011

Letter from William Tryon to inhabitants of Anson County ~ August 16, 1768

Corresponding Narrative: The Regulators' Movement and the Aftermath

His Excellency's Answer to the Anson Petition

The various matters of Complaint in your Petition to me delivered by Mr Luke Robinson are of so extraordinary and unusual a nature, that they require the consultation of His Majesty's Council which are far distant from me, at present. Such part of your asserted Grievances as regard the Extortion of Public Officers will be remedied by the Parties who have been injured applying to the Attorney General who shall receive directions from me to prosecute those who have abused their Public Trusts—As to the Insults you offered to the Magistrates in the execution of their Offices at the inferior Court of your County, will be a subject of Enquiry at His Majesty's Superior Court of Salisbury District—The acknowledgment however you make of the guilt of so rash and illegal a Proceeding will if accompanied with a future good Behaviour and a dutiful submission to the Laws of your County, entitle you to some lenity from the Court as well as from Me. The enclosed Proclamation will be sufficient to satisfy you of the just abhorrence His Majesty entertains of the dishonorable Practices complained of in Public Offices.

Hillsborough 16th August 1768.

Note.—No. 24 is the Printed Proclamation herewith transmitted. [See ante page 751].—Editor.