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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
April 12, 1770
Volume 08, Page 195

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[From Tryon's Letter Book.]
Letter from Governor Tryon to Lord Hillsborough,

Brunswick the 12th April 1770.

Your Lordship will observe by Mr Moores letter some of the inhabitants of the counties of Rowan, Orange, and Anson continue in a state of disobedience to the laws of their country

The measure the Council advised for the Sherifts to come to the next meeting of the General Assembly and lay before that body the state of the difficulties they labor under will I am in full expectation be the means of inducing the Assembly to fall upon some measures to bring those people within the discipline of Government. Were the Treasurers to publish such a state of their accounts as would bear the test of the public it would give infinite content to the country: I have been industrious in obtaining this end and I hope 'tis not far off.

The restless dispositions of the inhabitants of Rowan and Orange Counties are in some measure occasioned by Lord Granvilles Land Office having been shut up for upwards of five years which has proved a very great prejudice both to the province and to his Lordship's interests, for as great bodies of the inhabitants from the northern colonies come to take up land in our western settlements and finding when they arrive there is no land to be procured they are under a necessity to set down on vacant land, few being in circumstances to move back again with their families, thus laboring for subsistence only, without the prospect of making provision for their children they become discontented and unwilling to pay a proportion to the exigencies of that government in which they have no more interest than they can move out of it perhaps in a few days.