INSTITUTIONAL BEGINNINGS OF THE WEST (1768-1775)
WHILE the orders of Hillsborough were drawing the colonies together in common opposition to the king and Parliament, the western pioneers of North Carolina were striving to redress the shameful abuses in the civil service which Tryon and the assembly had refused to remedy. The war of the Regulation has no direct connection with the Revolution. It was neither religious nor political in character. It was essentially a peasants' rising on account of economic wrongs. Hermon Husband sympathized deeply with the aggrieved people, and by wise methods did what he could to relieve them from oppression; but, contrary to the popular view, he was rather a peace-maker than a leader of rebellion.
There was little self - government in the colony. Power was centralized in the hands of the governor and a few leaders. So in the western counties the spoils of office were shared by corrupt "rings." The "grievances of the Regulators were excessive taxes, dishonest sheriffs, and extortionate fees."1____________________