Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Circular letter from William Tryon to colonels in the North Carolina militia
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
October 19, 1770
Volume 08, Pages 679-680

Wrote to the Colonels of the Orange and Rowan Regiments the following letter.

Newbern 19th October 1770.

Whereas the Peace and good order of this Government has been lately violated and much injury done to the Persons and Properties

-------------------- page 680 --------------------
of many Inhabitants of this Province by a Body of People who stile themselves Regulators, I do by the advice of His Majesty's Council order and direct you forthwith to call a General Muster of so many of the Companies of the Regiment of Militia as you judge free from any engagements with those Insurgents, to be held at such place or places as you think most proper and make report to me as soon as possible of the number of Volunteers that are willing to turn out in the service of their King and Country when called upon, and also what number of effective men belong to your Regiment who can be ordered out in case of an emergency, and in case any further violence should be attempted to be committed by the Insurgents, you are also hereby directed to act with such part of your Regiment as you may find necessary in support of the authority of Government by assisting to the utmost of your power the Civil Magistrate in the execution of his duty, if he should find it necessary to call upon you for that purpose. Your diligent and punctual obedience to these Orders will be well received by

Your obedt servant

P. S. I inclose you two Proclamations one to be put up at the Court House, the other to be read at the Head of the Companies.