Letter from Nathaniel Rice and John Baptista Ashe to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Ashe, John Baptista, d. 1734; Rice, Nathaniel, d. 1753
Volume 03, Pages 439-440
[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 9. A. 45.]
RICE AND ASHE VS. BURRINGTON—ERECTION OF NEW PRECINCTS.
Mr Rice and Mr Ashe to Lords of Trade 20th April 1733.
May it please your Lordships,
His Excellency Governor Burrington proceeding to appoint (there being no apparent necessity) several new precincts, in most of which there were very few Inhabitants, This as it was making to the surprize of most People a very great and sudden alteration in the Constitution of
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the Legislature, as it would cause a very unequal Representation of the People, as His Majesty had not been advised or apply'd to therein, as it seemed to be directly contrary to one of His Majesty's Instructions, as there was a violent suspicion that there were secret and by-ends aimed at therein, his Excellency himself writing and forming some Petitions for such Precincts, and promoting them by much Art and persuasion, as we suspected one end or design in particular was, that it might be an obstruction or hindrance of the Assembly's proceeding to business when it should meet. These considerations moved us to offer objections and reasons against such a practice which objections are hereunto annexed as also the Governor's Answer in which he has bestowed on us much reproachful language and endeavoured to misrepresent us as Persons opposeing His Majesty's Prerogatives; a censure we think very unjust in that we have and always shall carefully avoid the least opposition or even so much as touching on them; and to prevent his success in such his endeavours, we have put the matter in a just and true light, & submitting it to your Ldps
My Lords Your Lordships most obedient and most humble servants
J. BAPTa ASHE
20th April 1733.