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Letter from Edmund Fanning to Jacob Fudge
Fanning, Edmund, 1739-1818
May 01, 1768
Volume 07, Page 741

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[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Indies. N. C. No. 216.]
Letter from Colonel Fanning to Mr Jacob Fudge

Hillsborough May 1st 1768.

I am pleased with your pacific, prudent and orderly conduct since I saw you last, and convinced from thence that you are a man of sense and reason and therefore should be glad to see you, Mr Richard Cheek, and Mr Benjamin Saxon in Town on Tuesday next without fail, you shall be used and treated kindly, and civilly and I am hopeful by your and the other Gentlemen's suitable conduct there will be no more tumultuous and riotous Assemblies had, or instances of open and lawless violence committed, for as I told you before, and I repeat it now again, that I declare in my conscience I am, and ever was ready to give all the Information in my Power to satisfy and convince the People why and wherefore Taxes have been laid, and to what Purposes they have been applied. That if the People of Orange labour under any public Grievance, let some few of them come to me, and I will draw a Petition to the Governor, Council & Assembly for a relief and will prefer it at the next meeting of the Assembly; and if they have suffered any private injury, they shall if they apply to me, find certain and sure redress, by the Laws of the Land—Let me intreat you to visit me, as soon as possible as you regard the Peace, quiet and safety of the People, & the good order of the Government, but at the same time I must inform you, that I will not suffer any Insurrection, or Outrage to be committed and I have Orders from the Governor by an Express yesterday to raise our own Militia, and the Militia of Halifax, Bute, Granville, Johnston, Cumberland, Anson, Mecklenburgh and Rowan, to suppress the Insurrections and if it be necessary he will come himself to enforce an Obedience, and subjection to His Majesty and his Laws, and to prevent further trouble and perhaps mischief, but I do not intend that Violence shall be offered to any one if I can prevent it.

Mr Fudge I have taken the Liberty of thus writing to you, as I have talked with you on this Subject and as you have declared to me, your entire satisfaction on the matter.

I am Sir &c

P. S. I have sent a Copy of this to Mr Cheek & Mr Saxon.

Yours &c.
E. F.