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Deposition of Samuel Swann concerning sectional dispute over the location of the North Carolina General Assembly sessions
Swann, Samuel, 1704-1774
October 10, 1747
Volume 04, Pages 1189-1190

The Deposition of Samuel Swann being of full age duely sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God.

This Deponent deposeth and saith that sometime about the last of October in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred & forty six, This Deponent being at the general Court then held at Edenton and observing that several of the Members of the General Assembly for that part of the Province were caballing together as he understood to come to an agreement among themselves not to go to the General Assembly which then stood prorogued to the third Tuesday in November to meet at Wilmington, and on conversing with one Mr. Peter Payne a Member of the General Assembly chosen by Chowan County on the subject of the Assembly's meeting at Wilmington aforesaid, the said Mr. Peter Payne told this Deponent that he believed there would be no Assembly, for that a Majority of the Members of the said Assembly had agreed among themselves not to attend at Wilmington. And further this Deponent saith that after the Disolution of that Assembly he was told

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by several of the said Members that the reason of their not going to the said Assembly was that they understood this Deponent was Speaker of the said Assembly would not proceed of Business with a less number than a Majority of the whole Members. And further this Deponent saith not.


Additional Notes for Electronic Version: This document was enclosed with a letter from Gabriel Johnston - See Related Documents.