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Letter from John Urmston to John Chamberlain
Urmston, John
July 17, 1711
Volume 01, Pages 773-775

[From N. C. Letter Book. S. P. G.]

No Carolina
July 17th 1711


Since my last of the 7th the Rebels after a shameful defeat in their wicked attempt against the Governor and council dispersed themselves, some fled into Virginia where there will be met with, others have absconded, but so as to be ready at a call, the Governor of Virginia is expected in by Land with forces, & Captain Smith commander of Her Majesty's Ship the Enterprize Guard Ship in Virginia brings with him a sloop and Marines, so that there will be search made for the enemies,

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they will I hope be apprehended & disabled from ever making head againe, except they are protected & assisted in their villainy by Danson, their old friend, they have sent divers to him to make their complaint by this fleet, & are very confident they shall turn out Coll Hyde & his council & have the whole management of affairs in their own power. If the proprietors are so negligent of us surely the Society will interpose & engage the Queen to take us under her protection. otherwise there will be little hopes of establishing the Church or any good order. I have been dreadfully threatened by them, & if they prevail must not expect to stay here. Madm Hyde the Governors Lady with Mr Knight Secretary of this Government came over with the same Ships. She has a copy of all proceedings as sent to the proprietors which is to be given to my Lord Rochester who will doubtless acquaint her Majesty's privy council therewith. I told you in my last, I think that several Quakers have arms, and more are ready so to do, & if that will not do, they threaten to bring in the Indians upon us. Danson sent hither from England one Roach with some goods, & a dozen or 14 Great Guns & ammunition under pretence of building a Ship, but 'tis verily believed were designed for our Ruin many of them were mounted on Board a Brigantine which was manned by the Rebels with small arms, but upon their dispersing was since taken by our forces with 3 men only in her, & all the Great Guns & ammunition this is a considerable addition to our strength & now many who were intimidated by the audacious impudence & cruel menaces of the Rascals, now daily join the Governor: & others who were for the adversaries are disheartened from acting against us, so that at present, things have a better face, & we shall I hope be in quiet till News England except Coll Hyde have a commission from the Queen, he will either be turned out or not obeyed so great is Danson's influence over the rest of the proprietors, these are with all humble respects to the Honorable Society from,

Sir yours &c

P. S.—As for the Rebels I am not much concerned, but 'tis grievious to here the complaints of the poor men & families, who have been so long in arms that they have lost their crops & will want bread, the ravage & plunder the enemies have committed has ruined others.—another instance of the Quakers Knavery I cannot omit which concerns you to Knowe as having been commissioner for the Palatines. Baron Graffenreid with his people must have starved, if not supplied by others here, He had an

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order from the proprietors. i. e. Danson for the rest never concern themselves to receive £1500 here for which he was to pay 1000 sterling. a great cheat, for £1000 sterling is worth £3000 here in our pay. Danson in his Letter to his friends here bragged they should get an Estate by these Foreigners. Cary the late usurper of this government, & now head of the Rebels was to pay it out of the proprietors dues which he had received he was arrested & made his escape what reason then have they to protect him to prevent others from supplying the Baron in his great distress. Roach & the Quakers reported that the Baron had no credit in England, nor had he any money any where. through ill usage in their way hither & since their of arrival 900 palatines there are but 300 nowe alive, & those ready to starve. through the instigation of the English, who live near them the neighboring Indians are very trouble-some to them in the beginning of this present Rebellion the Baron with the Swiss & palatines would have joined the Governor but were threatened with fire & sword. the Engld & Indians designed to destroy them & all they had such encouragement do the proprietors give people to come into their colony. I have written a very tart Letter to Sir John Colleton a proprietor concerning all matters whether pleased or displeased, it matters not the proprietors promised me all friendship & favor. but as yet never shewed any & I believe never will.