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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
October 20, 1770
Volume 08, Page 255

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

Newbern 20th October 1770.

I have the honor to transmit to your Lordship the Minutes of the Council Journal, with copies of the several papers referred to therein, respecting the outrages and high crimes committed by the regulators during the last Superior Court at Hillsborough. Mr Attorney General's opinion and advice was taken in Council on this occasion and entered on the Journal. I have in pursuance of the advice of the Council sent circular letters to the commanding officers of the respective regiments of militia, and by their returns as required of the number of volunteers willing to turn out on the first call, in the service of their King and country, and also of what number of men can be ordered out upon an emergency. I shall be able to form a near guess of the strength of the government and the affections of each part. This information will likewise direct me in the choice of the number of men the approaching Assembly shall think expedient to be raised for suppressing these riots, collecting the taxes, and bringing the offenders to the justice of their country. It must be by the spirited aid of the Legislature only that I can expect success in my endeavours to extinguish this dangerous flame.

Inclosed, my Lord, is a copy of the Charter I granted to the inhabitants of Hillsborough on their petition for the same.