“Regulators” Resist Tax Collectors in the Carolinas

An article from the Virginia Gazette, during the War of the Regulation:

The people called regulators have lately severely chastised one Lum, who is come to town; but we have not yet learnt the real cause of this severity to him. A letter from Pine-Tree-Hill (now called Camden) dated , contains the following intelligence, viz. “The regulators have fixed upon to have a meeting here, to draw up their grievances, in order to be laid before the new assembly, 2500 or 3000 of them, from St. Mark’s and St. David’s parishes, are to rendezvous, on , at Eutaw, and thence proceed to Charles-Town, to pursue the proper measures for redress. The regulators from the Congaree, Broad and Saludy rivers, are not to proceed to town, unless sent for by their brethren; but 1500 of them are to hold themselves in readiness, in case they should be wanted. They do not intend the least injury to any person in town, desiring only provisions and quarters till their complaints shall be heard. The confusion in North-Carolina is still greater than in this province, where the people of Orange county again threaten Col. Fenning [Edmund Fanning], and refuse paying any taxes till an act granting an enormous sum for building a house for the Governor be repealed; so that Governor [William] Tryon has been obliged to draught 2000 men from Mecklenburg and Dobbs counties to overawe them, who are to march from the town of Mecklenburg . Two of their leaders have been secured, but its apprehended they will be released before they can be brought to trial, as the people in general complain loudly of the above mentioned act as a great grievance, as well as of that laying a duty on paper, glass, &c. which will soon drain from them the little specie they have. Their paper currency being mostly sank, and a poll tax of eleven shillings proclamation money does not fail to add to the distresses of the country.”