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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Petition from James Abercromby concerning dispute over North Carolina General Assembly sessions and representation
Abercromby, James, 1707-1775
Volume 04, Pages 1224-1225

The Memorial of the Agent of the Province of North Carolina [to the Board of Trade] Humbly sheweth

That he has within these few days received a letter from the Governour of that Province dated last Novbr 17th wherein he expresses himself in these words (viz)

I have nothing more to trouble you with only to tell you how uneasy every body here is to have an account of the Determination of that tedious affair of the five Members which has now for four years compleat kept this Poor unhappy Province in inexpressible confusion; If it is not soon to be decided I dont see how we can long keep up the face of Government.

This being the situation of that Government, your Memorialist therefore moves your Lordships will be pleased to take this matter into consideration and do therein as your Lordships shall think most condusive for his Majesty's Interest and the Peace and Tranquility of the Inhabitants of that Province and your Memorialist shall &c:

JA: ABERCROMBY Agent for North Carolina.

To the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantation.

The humble Petition of James Abercrombie Agent for His Majesty's Province of North Carolina Sheweth

That your Lordships on the thirtieth Day of April last were pleased to referr to his Majesty's Attorney and Solicitor General Two Acts passed in the said Province of North Carolina in 1746. The one of which is entituled “An Act for the better ascertaining the number of the Members to be chosen for the several Counties within this province to sit in General Assembly and for establishing a more equal Representative of all his Majesty's Subjects in the House of Burgesses.”

That the Attorney and Solicitor General by their Report to your Lordships dated the first day of December last certifyed that they were of Opinion the said Acts were not proper to be confirmed for the reasons in the said Report mentioned.

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That your Petitioner humbly conceives the said Report ought to have been in favour of the above mentioned Act.

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that he may be heard before your Lordships by his Council against the said Report and in support of the above mentioned Act before your Lordships come to any resolution with respect thereto. And your Petitioner shall every pray &c: