This Ashley Cooper And the rest of the prprs of the province of Carolina.
Wee the who are in Scorne called Quakers are made willing for of the Truth and our Innocency and to Inform you that and are a seperated people and have stood single from all the seditious actions which hath happened within this County of Albemarle As will appeare by what was acted in the yeare 1677.
Thomas Miller arriving here about the moneth with commissions and deputations from you the prpretors and Thomas Eastchurch commisionated governor of this County to settle it in order sd Thomas Miller was received as president by the Inhabitants of this County who did signify Their Allegiance by an Oath for The King and fidelity to you the prprætors and Submissi to the present government Established; And wee whom the world in scorne call Quakers subscribe the same and not long after of those that the prsent power thus established rose up in armes and seized the records and Imprisoned the President Thomas Miller and two more of your Deputies Against whose actions wee Testimony and could nott joyne with them in the same they gave forth they would seize some of our fri one of your Deputies who was thereby exposed of our friends to goe to Virginia and soe intended for England with Thomas Eastchurch (then newly arived In Virginia) lest from going whereupon the sd Thomas Eastchurch lamation thereby to appease ther Jury which regarded placed a Guard of souldiers at the house of James (Hill) Tho: Eastchurch or any of our friends which were in Virginia with him Which Guard took away our guns out of our houses saying wee could not joyne with them in their Evil practises In not only in that Action, but in our which they tooke from us Whereupon they which Committee issued forth their false and unjust orders seizing and securing any of our friends which then were in Virginia from their family which was accordingly executed at their return Namely James (Hill) one of your Deputies and Francis Jones and Christopher Nich two Ancient Inhabitants and then burgesses of this County, which with the sd James u Hill were apprehended (as will appeare) by their Lying Orders and by their assertions whereby they labour to villifie us and bring anvile persons and disquiaters of the peace and scandalous base Intelligencies which things they cannott make appeare against us though falsely laid to our charge for we doe detest and Abominate and ever have borne our Testimonies agst such wicked practises since the everlasting Truth of our God hath Appeared among us Which Truth Traceth us to deney all ungodliness and worldly Lust and to live soberly Righteously and godly in this present evill World And now these seditious persons by whome we have suffered are still breathing forth their threats against us They haveing received an act of grace and Indemnity (as they call itt.)
To which two of your Deputies (for Conscience sake could not assigne Namely James Hill and Timothy severall Reasons And now the heads that were of that seditious are Elected to sett in Parliament And some of the of the Court and soe consequently to become our Judge shall bee the objects for them to execute their upon; Although wee have submitted and subscribed to this present Government as well as wee have to the former governments, Knowing assuredly that they have noe just for what they have Acted against us but only oute of their Envie Except It bee for our fidelity to you our Proprietors and submission to the present Government then established In that we could nott joyne with them against the then President Thomas Miller Because wee were well persuaded what they acted against him was Envie Mallice Because severall of us being then members of Parliament and saw what was then Acted before that sedition for the Cleareing of the Truth and for the satisfaction of the Proprietors and signifieing our Innocency as per refference to what we have often been charged withall yet still wee found a peaceable people according to what wee doe professe giveth us the more Liberty to signify the Truth unto you yee might the better know and be informed as Truth which ought Rightly to be Understood such cases as these are, Why. Because and welfare of a Nation and not only soe of their own Right and Interest severall as been for the most part of us) Sellers in Province of Carolina and have made hither abundance of patience This Late Rebellion arose here in these parts we thought wee should have done which thing (we in some measure bee looked Into with a that the many grievances and hardships wee have and are Like to
The wee up the pure mindes of you All to doe the and needfully the which if you doe the Lord pleased And hee will add unto you of even in the greatness of his mercy and Tru will F in this your Country Alwayes provided that Truth may have the Rule Butt when wickedness beares Rule the Righteous must needs mourne, Wherefore Consider what of them that have been the patient sufferers all along as in the behalfe of God the prosperity of his Truth and the peaceable setling of this Your Country whose Lives and Estates to the Spoyler and they themselves are readie to bee made made a prey upon If the Lord put not an end thereunto
These from the people of God
who are in scorne called Quakers
whose names are hereunder written
These may give to understand That most of us whose names are hereunto subscribed have been Inhabitants in Carolina since the yeares 1663: and 1664.
Wee doe declayre and averr that the above subscribers comonly called quakers did cause this Remonstrance to be drawn In order to itts presentment to the Lds proprietors and dis also assigne it this is for the Trouth given under or hands this 25th Sept 1679
NOTE.—All blanks torn away in the original documents.—W.N.S.