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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
October 07, 1770
Volume 08, Page 248

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

Newbern the 7th October 1770.

I have the honor to receive your Lordships dispatches, containing the original and duplicate of No 33, with his Majestys warrant for my leave of absence from this government: Also a copy of the memorial of the merchants trading to North Carolina and importers of naval stores, with a letter for Mr Chief Justice Howard; As that gentleman had my leave of absence to go to Boston last Summer, I shall not have an opportunity of delivering the letter myself to him, till he attends the Superior Court in this town the eighth of next month.

Mr Samuel Cornell has produced to me his Majestys mandamus for his seat in Council, and took the oaths for the qualification of public officers, and at the next sitting of the Council will take the oath of office and his seat at the Board. He entertains a perfect sense of the honor his Majesty has conferred on him,

On my arrival yesterday evening from an excursion I made for the recovery of my health, and to view the sea coast between Beaufort and Portsmouth, dispatches were delivered from Hillsborough, acquainting me of an insurrection of the regulators in that town on the 24th & 25th of last month during the setting of the Superior Court. After they had offered many insults to the dignity and proceeding of the court, they committed such outrages in the town that Mr Henderson the associate judge was forced to put an end to the court by making his escape in the middle of the night.

I shall not here enter minutely into their savage conduct, having ordered of Majestys Council to be summoned to meet me on the 16th instant to consult on the properest measures to be taken in the exigency of the case; when resolved upon his Majesty shall be particularly informed.

Your Lordship may depend I shall exert my warmest endeavours to obtain your wish that some better regulation may be established in the Treasurers office as well as to suppress the disorders which now threaten the general peace of this government.