Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century (1853)



Such were the outrages, political and domestic, that disquieted the people of North-Carolina. The perpetrators of the former were the men in power, who were appointed by law to redress the wrongs and protect the rights of the people. Those who were injured met and petitioned for relief, and made representations of the mal-practices from which they had suffered. Their petitions were rejected and treated with disdain. They held several meetings, assumed the name of Regulators, and resolved “to pay no more taxes, until they were satisfied that the tax was agreeable to law, and should be applied to the purposes therein mentioned; to pay no officer any higher fees than the law allows, to attend their meeting of conference; to consult our representatives on the amendment of such laws as may be found grevious or unnecessary; to choose more suitable men for burgesses and vestrymen, than we have heretofore done, and to petition the Assembly, Governor, Council, King and Parliament for redress, in such grievances as in the course of the undertaking may occur; and to inform one another, learn, know and enjoy, all the privileges and liberties that are allowed and were settled on us by our worthy ancestors, the founders of our present constitution, in order to preserve it on its ancient foundation, that it may stand firm and unshaken.” In the public and documentary proceedings of the Regulators we see nothing to blame and much to admire. “On these principles, and to this extent of opposition, the whole western counties were agreed. The most sober and sedate in the community were united in resisting the tyranny of unjust and exorbitant taxes, and had been aroused to a degree of violence and opposition, difficult to manage and hard to quell. And the more restless, and turbulent, and unprincipled parts of society, equally aggrieved and more ungovernable, cast themselves in as part of the resisting mass of population, with little to gain, but greater license for their unprincipled passions; and little to lose, could they escape confinement and personal punishment. Unjustifiable acts perpetrated by these, were charged upon the Regulators, and they were held accountable for all the ill that wicked men chose to do, under the name of struggling for liberty; while it is well known that the leaders”

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