Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Affidavit of George Burrington concerning the case of Thomas Bailey
Burrington, George, 1680-1759
December 03, 1725
Volume 02, Page 581

-------------------- page 581 --------------------
[From North Carolina Letter Book of S. P. G.]

No Carolina

On this 3rd day of Decr 1725. Before me Edwd Moseley. Personally came & appeared Geo. Burrington Esqr who on his oath on the Holy Evangelists taken saith, that on Monday the 22nd of Novbr last the Revd Mr. Thos. Bailey came to this Deponents lodgings in Edenton & told this Deponent that Christr Gale Esqr chief justice of this Province had granted a warrant against him & that he was in custody of a Constable & desired him to go with him before the chief justice. which he, this Deponent readily did. that there were present with the sd chief justice (then in the house of Mr. Wm Badham of Edenton) Sir Richd Everrard Bart Govr of N. Carolina. Jno Lovick Secy & others; That they Questioned the aforesaid Mr. Bailey concerning his Preaching the Day before: to which questions Mr. Bailey gave modest answers, notwithstanding the sd Sir Richd Everard Govr Christr Gale chief justice & John Lovick Secy did very much insult the Sd Mr. Bailey, treating him with base & scurrilous language such as this Deponent saith he never heard given to a Clergyman by any Majestrate before. the sd Mr. Bailey was also threatened to be sent to prison, if he would not give security to appear at the general court: & this deponent verily believes they would have so served him if bail had not been given.

Sworn, before me the Day & Year first above written.
E. Moseley

Also Arthur Goffe Esqr, Mr. Jas Winwright & Mr Jerome Armor came before me & made Oath that they were present at the examination of the Revd Mr Bailey in the above deposition mentioned & they also give the like testimony of the treatment Mr Bailey met with as Mr. Burrington has above declared.

Sworn before me
E Moseley.