A disturbance has happened in this Town since you left us, which in its consequences tends greatly to obstruct the legal course of the civil powers for keeping peace and good order amongst us. You'll be more surprised to find that a justice of the peace has been the first mover in a most violent fit of passion, lost sight of his duty as a magistrate and made a Riot, on the following Occasion, to-wit:
Col. Chariol listed in the public service as a Soldier, a young fellow, a French sailor, which John Davis claimed as his servant. William Davis the father applied to justice Tisdale for a warrant to apprehend the man who was listed. Mr. Davis and his two sons went to the Barracks to take the men, which the French sergeant refused. They proceeded to Col. Chariol, and James Davis clapped his hands on the shoulder of the Col. and told him he was his prisoner, and should be sent to Gaol. 24 hours afterwards a parcel of sailors, Mr. Davis' sons and relatives and some others appeared armed with Guns, Clubs, &c., and the Esquire at their heads, coming to Dr. Gaston's for trial. Colo Chariol received from Mr. Davis and his sons much abuse, told him he had no right to enlist men, that he would cause his commission to be taken from him and alleged that the assembly had no right to appoint him and abused Dr. Gaston and the other Justices grossly, swore he would have justice done, or he would the night following head a party to put every Frenchman to death iu town, or drive them out of it. The French gentlemen were very much alarmed, and not understanding well the language, were not easily convinced, that the town in general did not approve of such proceedings. The arbitrary and scandalous behavour of that man, in many the like instances before has given this Town a name, such a name, as every inhabitant except himself and minions would blush at. We have magistrates in Town a Majority of them are ignorant, and the officers afraid to act, which is a curse that ought to be removed at any rate. Mr. Davis knows better and therefore
N. B. I do not wish this letter to be made known to any other than friends, as you'll hear more of this matter, from other means. I will satisfy the French Gentlemen that the Town does not approve of this proceeding, and that a stop will soon be put to such usage. Have desired Mr. Chariol to get his sergeant back, he shall be safe.