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Deposition of James Craven concerning sectional dispute over the location of the North Carolina General Assembly sessions
Craven, James, d. 1755
May 18, 1749
Volume 04, Page 1209

The Deposition of James Craven, aged about thirty nine Years of Edenton, in the Province aforesd Gentleman; taken in Virtue of an Order of the Right Honourble the Lords Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs. Dated at the Council Chamber Whitehall, the fourteenth day of July One thousand seven Hundred & forty eight, being first duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists, Deposeth & Saith

That he this Deponent was not a Member of the Assembly held at Newbern; called, in Catherine Rutledges Affidavit (taken in behalf of the Governor) the Bush Assembly, neither was he, this Deponent, at Newbern, during that Session of Assembly. And this Deponent furthur saith, that he intended to have gone to Wilmington Assembly in November One Thousand seven hundred & forty six, if he had not been prevented by a Violent fit of the Gout, & this Deponent furthur saith, that he doth not remember he saw George Johnston in October, one Thousand seven hundred & forty six, nor doth he remember Mr. Hodgson make use of any such Expression as is mentioned in George Johnston's Affidavit, taken in behalf of the Governor, for this Deponent saith he was not in a condition to be in Company, particularly in the Streets, being confined in his bed the greatest parts of the Month of October, Novembr & December, One Thousand seven Hundred and forty six, with the Gout, & furthur this Deponent saith not.


Edenton this 18th day of May Anno Dom. 1749.