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Letter from Maurice Moore to William Tryon
Moore, Maurice, 1735-1777
March 13, 1770
Volume 08, Pages 178-179

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from Judge Maurice Moore to Governor Tryon.

Salisbury March 13th 1770.


The Sheriffs of the several Counties of this District complain heavily of the opposition to them in the execution of their office, by the People who call themselves regulators; I am told there is no such thing as collecting the Public Tax, or levying a private Debt among 'em; a plain proof (among many others) that their Designs have ever extended further, than to promote a public inquiry into the Conduct of officers. This is an evil Sir (tho' Cognisable in the Courts of Law) no Civil Process can remedy—the reason is obvious—none such can be executed among them. I have therefore recommended to the Sheriffs to Petition your Excellency and the Assembly at ye next meeting on this subject—and I wish, it may not be

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found necessary to redress them by means equal to the Obstinacy of the People, who have given reason for it.

I am Sir wishing your Excelly &
Family every Felicity
Your most obt & most huml servt
His Excelly William Tryon Esqr