Deposition of Waighstill Avery.
North Carolina Mecklenburg County.
Waighstill Avery testifieth and saith that on the sixth day of
And he this Deponent then saw Thirty or Forty of those People who style themselves Regulators and was then and there arrested and forcibly detained a prisoner by one of them (who said his name was John McQuinton) in the name of them all calling him and them the people and that soon thereafter one James Graham (commonly pronounced Grimes) spoke to this Deponent these Words “You are a Prisoner and You must not go anywhere without a Guard” immediately after one Thomas Hamilton spoke words of the same Tenor and purport adding that “You must keep with your Guard and you shant be hurt.” Before this Deponent left the house the aforesaid James Graham desired him to step aside and then told him “You had but to call for a Bowl of Tody and treat the Captains for they are going to ride on to the regulating Camp.” The Bowl of Tody being spent this Deponent was conducted under a Guard of two men to the regulating Camp (as they termed it) about a mile distant, where were many more persons of the same denomination and others came there some hours after, in the whole as this deponent supposes and imagines about two hundred and thirty. Here this Deponent [remained] unaided for 4 or 5 hours and got leave to pass from one part of their Camp to another repeatedly, as lead by curiosity to hear and see what was said and transacted and discover the Temper of the parties etc But was still deemed a Prisoner by all and many took upon them to command this Deponent. That from themselves he this Deponent learned the Names of five of their Captains or leading Men then present (viz, Thomas Hamilton and one other Hamilton, James Hunter, Joshua Teague one Gillespie and the aforesaid James Graham). He the deponent heard many of them whose names are to him unknown say approbious things against the Governor the Judges of the Superior Court against the House of Assembly and other persons in Office and while a surrounding crowd were uttering things still more approbious the said Thomas Hamilton stood in the midst and spoke words of the following tenor and purport (the crowd still assenting to and affirming the Truth of what was said) “What Business has Maurice Moore to be judge, he is no Judge, he was not appointed by the King he nor Henderson neither They'll neither of them hold Court” “The Assembly have gone and made a riotous Act, and the people
When news ws brought that Captain Rutherford at the head of his Company was parading in the Streets of Salisbury, this Deponent heard sundry of them urge very hard and strenuously that the whole Body of the Regulators then present should march into Salisbury with their Arms and fight them saying they had then