Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER X.
Colonel Edward Tynte succeeded Sir Nathaniel John-
son in office, under commission from lord Craven, suc-
cessor, as palatine, to lord Grenville. Craven's policy favored the dissenters, as much as that of Grenville had discouraged them ; but Tynte had scarcely time to learn the real state of the country, and to establish proper regulations in it, before he died. At his death, a controversy arose in the provincial council about the succession, which had almost produced civil war, and did for a brief period array two strong parties in arms against each other. One of these declared for Robert Gibbs, the other for Thomas Broughton. Broughton drew together an armed force at his plantation, with which he marched upon the town. There he encountered a similar array, under the command of Gibbs, who manned the walls with the militia, and closed the gates against him. Aided by some of the in-inhabitants, who let down the drawbridge, Broughton, however, forced a passage and entered the city. After blows were exchanged and wounds given, the party of Broughton prevailed, and marched towards the watch-house in Broad street. There, two companies of militia were posted. The prudence of some of the leaders inter-posed to prevent the bloody consequences of an issue;
and after vainly endeavoring to make himself heard in the clamour of drum and trumpet, which prevailed, Broughton led his men off in another quarter. Some