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Letter from James Watson, Francis Nash, et al. to William Tryon
Watson, James; Nash, Francis, 1720-1777; Et Al.
September 30, 1770
Volume 08, Pages 246-247

Letter from James Watson Robert Lytle and others to Governor

Hillsborough Septr 30th 1770.

May it please your Excellency,


We doubt not that you have before this time heard of the distressed situation of our affairs here, the unheard of insolence offered by a Body of the Regulators, to His Maj's Superior Court sitting, and of the many outrages committed by them against the Persons, liberties and properties of many of our fellow subjects for the particulars of which we beg leave to refer you to the Bearer Mr McNair.

These are a set of men may it please your Excellency whom we have long considered as dangerous to society and as pursuing every measure destructive of Peace and good Government And their conduct on this occasion has we think, to a demonstration proved, that they only want time and a larger Body of their disaffected Fools of Faction, to effect purposes of the most dangerous and dismal Tendency, and which we apprehend must (unless timously prevented by the wise interposition of Government) end in the ruin and destruction of the Province.

Government has, may it please your Excellency, we doubt not for very wise and prudent purposes been pleased hitherto to deal with great clemency and tenderness towards this set of people under a presumption that they would see through their infatuation,

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reclaim and become good and useful members of Society, but as they have now laid aside their disguise and discovered themselves lost to every sense of humanity as well as obedience to Laws under which we are governed by committing the most open and daring Acts of violence, we do most humbly pray your Excy that you will take the matter under your consideration and adopt such measures as in your wisdom shall seem most proper. At the same time begging leave to assure your Excellency that we think ourselves hourly in the most imminent danger not only of losing our lives and fortunes but of every connection which we esteem valuable. Our worthy friend Colonel Fanning who has been a great sufferer on this occasion is not in Town, therefore does not join in this our Memorial

We shall with impatience wait your Excellency's orders and beg leave to assure you that We are

Your Excellency's most obedient most faithful humble servants,