Wm. M. Lee, Editor. VOL. 3 NO. 35 BllJE_EIDGE BAPTIST. DEVOTED TO EELIGION, EDUCATION AND TEJIPEKANCE. NORTH WILKESBOEO, N. C.. JUNE 11, 1903. D, W. Lee, Associate Editor ond Monog'er. WEEKLY, 50c. A YEAR. HIHBEfoiTfniraW (nHE ® BAPTIST CHURCH; Preaching every second and fourths Sunday, morning and evening. Sunday School 10 A. M. Prayer meeting every Thursday eve. Rev. W. R. Bradshaw, Pastor. METHODIST CHURCH: Preaching every first and tliird Sun day morning and evening Sunday School 9:30 A. M. Prayer meeting every Tuesday evening. V Rev. J. B. Tabor, Pastor. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Preaching every third and fourth Sun day, morning and evening. Sunday School 9:30 A. M. Prayer meeting every Wednesday eve." Rev. C. W. Robinson, Pastor. All are cordially invited to attend^ ^^these services. PKBMIUMS fOR-^ —BAPTIST WORKERS. Doubtlass no other Religious paper in Western Carolina, has grown so rapidly as the Blue Ridge Baptist. 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Now is your chance to get you a nice, val uable book or even a Library with very little effort on your part and at the same time be helping a good cause. Old subscribers taken the same as new provided all arrears are settled. All subscribers thu taken must be for one year at 50c, paid in advance. Every body’s shoulder to the wheel while this ofler holds good. Address: BLUE RIDGE BAPTIST, No. Wilkesboco- THE LEWIS’ FORK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. ART. NO. 4. Questions and Answers. 1st. Do we understand you to say that these Mountain Baptists or any considerable number of them were driven from the lower counties of the colony prior to the Revolution because of their views on the subject of reli gion? 2nd. Do you plainly declare that the Episcopal Establishment had taken steps k- compel the Colonists of North Carolina to support its establishment here by taxation? 3rd. Do we understand you that the Baptists did not ask fo’- recognition and sup port by taxation and that on this question they stood alone? 4th. What further proofs do you offer to sustain what you have said regai-ding the persecution of the down country Baptists by the British Governor Tryon and his govern ment? To question one, two and three I answer yes—this embodies in brief just what I want you to understand. Do not think that I mean less than your questions imply. To the fourth question I must answer at greater length and must depend upon the readers to consult the public records of North Ca-'olina found in the custody of ev ery clerk of the superior court at the court house and accessible to all. The history writ ten about 50 years ago by J. H. Wheeler is also good authority. Wheeler, however, was not familiar with Baptists. The assembly of 1764 was emboldened by its majority of cfiurciinieii to pass Governor Tryon’s Vestry Act and other oppressive measures. The resistance of the settlers against unjust taxation during many years passed had not matured the wisdom of our Provincial Governors and now the Vestry Act increased the rage of our yeomanry to organized effort at self protection. This or ganization became known as Regulators. Its object was self government, religious liberty and home rule. Winsor in his book entitled The Western Movement defines this “a body of associates against horse thieves and tax gatherers.” It was a body of farmers whose homes were in every county of the Province. The collectors of public monies were then in arrears as much as $70,000.00. The courts were corrupted. The established church al lied itself vvith the royal party. Governor Dobbs had died March 28, 1765. His suc cessor was well calculated by his bigotry and zeal to attempt an enforcement of the Vester Act, This fie tried without offering any re dress to the oppressed taxpayers. The publi cation of the Stamp Act that year added by its weight other and threatened indignities from the crown. The regulation began by the issuance of citizens proclimatious, some ten in number, the first of which was issued June 5, 1765. It proceeded from Nutbush in Granville county and sngests the observation that Nut- bush was the home of Herman Husbands the patriot and agitator, and, infact, the central figure in the regulation. He was the friend of the Baptist preachers Shiibiil Stearns and Daniel Marshall. Here near Nutbush had been organized the Grassy Oieek Baptist church prior no doubt to the organization made in November, 1755 at Sandy Creek in Guilford (now Randolph) county. For ten years prior to this first “serious address” Stearns, Marshall, Col. Harris, Jeremiah W^alker and Others had preached a pure gos pel to an oppressed people, and this first pro- te.st had their approval. It is as pure as the driven snow in its terms but was grievous to the oppressors at whesegreed it was aimed. These proclamations were each of them issu ed from the immediate vicinity of some Baptist local organization or arm. In fact, Husband entered large tracts of land on Sandy creek in November 1755, the same month in which the Sandy Creek Baptist church was organized, and continued to enter- lauds for some time afterward in Randolph county. Husbands and Stearns stood side by side until the regulators defeat stilled their hopes and Elder Stearns went to his reward. The effort of Governor Tryon was made with the purpose of effecting the organization of a Vestry in every comity in the Province. Tills was contested by the liberty loving Baptists and their Patriotic friends. Tryon himself understood this joint effort of Bap tists and regulators. He said it was aimed at overturning the church of England. Woodmason’s account was written in 1765 and we will quote from it the following passages:—“The Anabaptists of Pennsylvania resolving themselves into a body and deter mined to settle their principles in every va cant quarter began to establish meeting houses also on the holders and by their ad dress and assiduity warmed the Presbyteri ans out of all these strong-holds and drove them away so that the Baptists are low the most numerous and formidable body which the church has to encounter with in the in terior and back parts of the province.” A- gain he says, the Baptists have great preva lence and footing in North Carolina and have taken such deep root there that it will require long time and pains to grub up their layers. This is the situation to which Governer Tryon as a churchman addressed himself from the 28, day of March 1765 to the 30, of June 1771 when he took shipping to New Vork. His acts were never disavowed by King George. He was simply made the sub ject of a poor Jest. The trial at arms between Governor Tryon and the regulators occuired on the 16, of May 1771 in the highway on the south side of the Alamance river in Alamance county, then Orange. The Governor’s loss after two hours engagement was 71; the regulators lost about 30, killed and wounded. It was the first blood in America that was let in op position to our freedom, It was not accident al, but was premeditated on the part of the royal forces who Were ready for conflict and came near losing it. Here they camped. Some of them dipped their fingers in the blood of the wounded regulators and marked the walls of the hut in which they were placed as kings prisoners. The old logs stood within memo ry of the present generation to show this barbarity. On the 21, of May Tryon moved to the farm of Herman Husbands within two miles of Sandy Creek Baptist church and pastured down the standing grain, collected taxes, intimidated women, administered oaths, levied cattle and drove consternation in the inhabitants to Wednesday the 29, when they moved to Deep river about 12 miles a- way. Here had also been a Baptist congrega tion. An advance force had gone ahead to de-^ stroy and intimidate. On the 30, they en camped on the Uwharrie, another Baptist community, but here also the orders of the Governor had been obeyed in adJance by his advancing forces. On the 30, they came to the Platt swamp and Vannoy fish dams where more Baptists resided where the an cestors of more than one of the delegates and pieachers of the Lewis Fork Association ac cording to her records, then lived. On June 1, he encamps in the Jersey settlement and here his conquests ended and his triumphs began. This was the Baptist strong hold of the Yadkin country, captains' Merrill and Wessen whom Tryon hanged lived near. June 1, fell upon Saturday and this warm supporter of Episcopacy issued part of his orders for the day following as follows: “Divine Service to be. performed to-morrow merning at nine o’clock. The horses, bridles and saddles that were taken in battle and now in camp to be brought to the head of artillery at 12 o’c’oek to-morrow. The horses to be branded with a Brand T. The commis sary to brand all the cattle brought in from the settlements according to requisitions made on them. When Sunday came the wor shipful Governor issued an -tdditional fora “court martial to be held at 5 o’clock for the tryal of the prisoners of the army.” I hope the type will show the intelligent spelling of the Governor as it might otherwise be deem ed the “iiitcdligent” spelling of his ignorant copyist, h rom the 3, of June began his march of triumph by Moravian town to Hillsboro. On the morning of the battle this worthy propagator of the Thirty nine Articles with his own hand in a moment of rage and prior to hostilities shot and killed Robert Thomp son the bearer of a peaceful message from the the Baptists and regulators. On the 17, he hung the poor moinmiainac James F'ew a nejjhevv of Husbands v hose mind had lost its balance by reason of the seduction of his in tended bride by Fanning one of Tryon’s offi cers. Now, my brother, all this had been done in the name of the Episcopal church of which the king was the avowed head in North Carolina; and the above are a few of the many facts that answer question four. Morgan Edwards was a Baptist minister who lived in New England. He came to the Sandy creek field in 1771 and turned apolo gist for the Baptists. He declared that he could learn of but seven of their number a- mong the regulators, but his statement re garding the number of 1500 families beyond the mountains sufficiently refutes his asser tion. It is said that Edwards was the only tory certainly known in the Bapti.st ministry during the Revolutionary wiir. The others were all patriots. W.H.E. Greensboro, N. C. ADVICE TO NEWLY MARRIED FOLKS. I don’t know how many of the newly mar ried folks read the Bine Ridge Bajitis',, but among so many who have recently married there must be some that do, and I thought it would be a good idea for some one to drop an article in this little paper for the newly married people to contemplate upon; and, perhaps, it would not do those who have been married for years any harm to read it. There may be many causes for which' people mai-ry. Some may marry to get to be at a, wedding, others because some body else has married, not regarding the solemn oath by which they are joined together, while some marry through pure motives and con jugal affections, and this should be the onlv cause for which any person should unite in wedlock. If this was always the case I think there would be more peace and harmony rea lized in many families than doubtless there is. I just want to drop a word of advice and en couragement to the newly married husbands and wives. Be kind to each other, always try to speak kindly and gently to each other, for “a soft answer turneth away wrath.” Be congenial to each other, prefering onean- other in love. Let your conversation be of a Godly sort. Try to live blameless before all men. Young wives, reverence your husbands. “Husbands, see that yon love your wives and be not bitter against them,” Remember that the pleasures and enjoyments of life a’-e what you make them. So if you have cares in life that trouble you, cast them all ou Jesus who will help you bear them and help you live good, examplary lives and so make you shine as a light to all around you. May God help you all to hold up a little light to the world that all the storms of persecution cannot blow out. L. C. Blackburn, .T..