We expect to write you a publick Letter next Wednesday[2
] but opporty.
offering I must inform you that after visiting the upper part of Col: Richardson's Regt:
and the High Dutch in the Fork between broad and Saludy Rivers the former with great Success the latter with verry little We have at length visited the great and mighty Nabob Fletchel. We found him surrounded by his Court viz Cunningham Brown and Robinson who watch all his Motions and have him under great Command: We soon found the unchangeable malignity of their minds and the inexpressible pains they were at to blind the people and fill them with Bitterness against the Gentlemen as they are called. Genl_
Gages Pamphlet is raging[Page 338]
thro' the District and greedily read.[3
] The Leaders have taken the same Methods with the romish Church to keep the people ignorant and in general they firmly beleive that no man that comes from below_ and that no paper printed there can speak the Truth. This was necessary in order to prevent anything we can say from taking place. We soon found that reasoning was vain with those who were fixed by
royal Emoluments. But perceiving that Fletchal affected to play between we let him know that we had discovered things which he thot were a profound Secret and surpriz'd him much_ He confessed receiving a Letter from the Govr.
_ within five Days last and offer'd to swear that there was no harm in it and that he would not take Arms against the Country. But we surpriz'd him into a promise to assemble the Regt:
next Wednesday which highly affronted Cunningham and the rest of the upper House some of whom treated us with Insolence upon it. We expect to meet the Regt._
accordingly and many of our Freinds whom I have advertized of it will be thier, some having intimated a Design to put some trick upon us. In the Mean time Mr. Drayton
is gone up to his Iron Works and
the People about Lawsons Fork[4
] where he will do some thing. I turn'd my Course into the New Acquisition where I am to have a Meeting from Day to Day in Col: Neals Regt:
] I think I shall fix this District in the right Cause. I[Page 339]
a Scheme to surprize Fort Charlotte and take all the Powder and Arms away:[6
] took an Affedavit of it and sent it express to Mr. Drayton
so hope it will be prevented. The Govr.
has undoubtedly given Orders for it and they are privately enlisting Volunteers to the Service. I shall this Morng:
privately obtain Affedavits to prove that Major Robinson has attempted to inlist many in the King's Name assuring them that he had a Number of Commissions in his Pocket which should be distributed to the most worthy and that they should have King's Pay
; He is just return'd and it is known that he met the Govr.
at Dorchester. They think that they are nearly ripe to shew themselves and make no Scruple to threaten the whole province with Devastation in a short time. They say that Cameron is among the overhill Cherokees and will soon join them with 3000 Gunmen. I have just heerd that the lower Towns will not join them but confess that the overhill Indians are preparing to Fight for the King. In short your Friends in Town are preparing a great Dish of Blood for you and expect soon by their Army not only to have an Assylum to fly to but to bear down all before them. This both you and I have prophesied many times but a lethiferous Slumber seems to have seal'd the Eyes of some of our Brethren. Robinson assures the People here that a greet Multitude in town of those who have signed the Association are in the Scheme and will join them upon Notice. I am now convinced that a certain Affidavit which some have so much despised is with a small Exception true in evry particuler. There is here all the Appearance of an hellish Plott. And the Freinds of America have no Amunition and may be surprized without Remedy. I wish the Council would think of this. We have greatly weakened and expect more to weaken them_ but to over set the plan immidietely is impossible. I have formed
our and am forming in this District another Troop of volunteer Horse Rangers who are as good as sworn to the Council of Safety when they enlist. We are hemming in the Dissidents on all sides as much[Page 340]
as possible. But their Leaders seem determined if possible to bring the People to draw Blood before they have time to be enlightened. I have forsook my Chaise and ride on Horse Back from Day to Day meeting People.
P.S This Comes by Joseph Woods Esqr
] a worthy Magistrate in the new Acquisition of whom if you enquire you may learn many Things.
If you do not keep a look out these People and the Savages will receive Ammunition by Waggons from Town by Waggon or from Dorchester from on board the Fleet; they have no doubt of a supply.