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North Carolina Resisted the Landing of the Stamps

stamp actOn the 22nd of March, 1765, the Stamp Act was passed. This act produced great excitement throughout the whole country, including North Carolinians. The Legislature was then in session, and the opposition was so intense and wide-spread, that Governor Tryon feared the passage of denunciatory resolutions, so prorogued that body after a session of fifteen days. However, the speaker of the House, John Ashe, informed Governor Tryon that this law "would be resisted to blood and death." And he kept his word. Earlier that year, the sloop-of-war Diligencearrived in the Cape Fear River having on board stamp paper for the use of the province. Its approach had been closely observed, and when it anchored above the town of Brunswick on the Cape Fear, Colonel John Ashe, of the county of New Hanover and Colonel Hugh Waddell of the county of Brunswick, marched at the head of the brave sons of these counties to Brunswick, and notified the captain of their determination to resist the landing of the stamps. They then seized one of the boats of the sloop, hoisted it on a cart, fixed a mast in her, mounted a flag, and marched in triumph to Wilmington. The excited inhabitants all joined in the procession. That night the town was illuminated. On the next day, Col. Ashe, at the head of a great concourse of people, proceeded to the Governor's house and demanded of him to desist from all attempts to execute the Stamp Act, and to deliver to them James Houston, a member of the Council, who had been appointed Stamp Master for the Province. The Governor at first refused to comply with a demand so sternly made, but finally had to yield before the power of an incensed crowd of citizens preparing to set fire to his house. The Governor reluctantly produced Houston, who was seized by the people, carried to the market house, and there compelled to take a solemn oath never to perform the duties of his office. After this he was released and conducted by a delighted crowd, to the Governor's Palace. The people gave three cheers and quietly dispersed.
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