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Testimony of William Pickett concerning the actions of the Regulators
Pickett, William
December 07, 1770
Volume 15, Page 762

INTERROGATORIES OF WILLIAM PICKETT, ESQUIRE, SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY OF ANSON, AT THE BAR OF THE HOUSE, THE 7th DAY OF DECEMBER, 1770.

Question 1. Who are Deemed Ringleaders of the Regulators in your County?

Answer. Thomas Swearingham, principal.

Question 2. Do you recollect any opposition to the Justices sitting in the County Court of Anson?

Answer. He saw the Regulators pull them off the Bench, took their seats and continued dancing, &c., for some time, and believes with intent to prevent the usual Course of Justice; and hath often seen advertisements threatening to whip Sheriffs if they attempted to serve any process.