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Deposition of Catherine Routledge concerning sectional dispute over the location of the North Carolina General Assembly sessions
Routledge, Catherine
Volume 04, Page 1190

North Carolina.

Katherine Rutledge wife of Nicholas Rutledge late of New Bern Victualler on her Oath on the Holy Evangelist taken saith—

That in November 1739 when the Assembly was held at New-Bern her Husband and she kept an House of Entertainment in the said Town, That some of the Burgesses particularly James Craven Esqre Mr. White and Mr. Shergold with others generally used their House that she understood that the Assembly was broke up by means of some of the Members withdrawing and absconding in the Bushes from whence it was usually called the Bush assembly. And that she often heard the assembly men that used their House talk that they would not consent to the removing the Publick Business or seat of Government from Edenton. That she frequently heard divers of the Northern Members of the Assembly held at Newbern June 1746 speak both before and after the Assembly was Prorogued to Wilmington that they would not go thither.