I met nothing worthy remark till I got into North Carolina, being the 26th, which is distant about a hundred and some odd miles, where I found the people all in confusion and disorder, every one getting their arms, and were in a readiness to go down to a place called Pamplico to take one Colonel Cary who was late president, and had got the Lords money in his hands, and would neither lodge it in the Assembly's hands, nor give them sufficient security for the indemnifying the people from the lords. This put me to a stand whether I had best proceed through such a disorderly country as I perceived that was, or else to go back; but, desiring God's protection and blessing, I resolved to put forward; so sending my horses and guide back, I crossed Roanoke River, and then was obliged to travel six miles on foot, there being no such thing as a horse to be had; at length I got one, and that night reached Governor Hyde's, where I found abundance of men in arms. I was received very kindly, and after the governor had perused a letter from the Honorable Governor Spotswood of Virginia (which was in my behalf), he told me he was designed to Pamplico the morrow, and that there was opportunity for my passage for South Carolina. The next day, being Monday 27th, the governor, with about eighty men, crossed the sound and went up the river Moretto [Moratoc] about twelve miles, and there landed his men, which were there increased to about one hundred and fifty, but left his guns there. We were all obliged to lie in the woods that night, and the next day got to Pamplico (otherwise called Hampton), the place where Colonel Cary lived; but he, having notice of our coming, made his escape to a house of one Colonel Daniels, which was a small way down the river. The governor did dot think fit to pursue him that day, but on the next went down with his men, at which time Colonel Cary had fortified the house with five pieces of Cannon, and had about forty men; they could not bring him to any terms that was reasonable, and finding
My reason for insisting so long on this subject is to let you see partly the management of this country, the inconstancy and unaccountableness of this people, who are of such a factious temper, that they are ready to follow any one that will head them, let the design be what it will; and all is purely for want of sense and reason. I really think there cannot be a people in the world like them; indeed the country is good, pleasant, and fruitful, and if inhabited with honest and industrious people, would exceed all the places I have yet seen.