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Deposition of John Benbury concerning sectional dispute over the location of the North Carolina General Assembly sessions
Benbury, John
May 20, 1749
Volume 04, Pages 1209-1210

The Deposition of John Benbury aged forty two years & upwards of Chowan County in the Province aforesaid Esqre Taken in Virtue of an

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Order of the Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs Dated at the Council Chamber Whitehall the 14th day of July, 1748, being first duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists Deposeth and saith that he this Deponent was a Member of the Assembly held at Newbern in June in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred & forty six, & that he this Deponent went from near Edenton in Chowan County by Water in a Sloop to Newbern in Company with Mr. James Craven, Mr. Joseph Blount, & Mr. Peter Payne, then also Members, and that he this Deponent returned from the said Assembly at Newbern by Water in the said Sloop to near Edenton in Company with the said James Craven, Joseph Blount, and several others & this Deponent furthur saith that to his knowledge the said James Craven who is mentioned in Bridget Arthurs Deposition taken in behalf of the Governor neither passed over the Ferry mentioned in her Deposition, going to nor returning from the said Assembly and furthur this Deponent saith not.


Edenton the 20th day of May 1749.