This Parcel of Papers contains all the Papers left at the Council Office by Mr. McCulloh, in behalf of the Complainants against Governor Johnston.
Referred to this Board, by the Lords of the Comttee of Council; Order dated ye 21st Novr 1749.
[For copy of complaint see ante page 1158.—Editor.]
Letter of Agency, from the Complainants within named, to Wyriott Ormond and Thomas Barker Esqrs Dated the 21st Janry 1748.
Whereas, by an Order of the Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated at Whitehall, the fourteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Forty Eight; made in behalf of us, and the several Inhabitants of the Precincts or Counties of Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Currotuck, Bertie and Tyrrell in North Carolina, upon our humble Petition, addressed to his most sacred Majesty in Council
It is among other things ordered by their Lordships that the Complainants or their Agents be at liberty to take Copys of all Records in any of the Publick Offices in the said Province, touching the Matters complained of, as the said Complainants or their Agents shall think necessary to support the said Petition of Complaint; and that the same be delivered to the Complainants or their Agents, signed and authenticated in the usual manner, under the Seal of the Province; and also that free liberty be given to all such Persons as the said Complainants or their Agents shall name, to make Affidavits before the Chief Justice and Judge of the Court of Admiralty of the said Province; or either of them, of what they know touching the Premises, particularly as to the practice of the said Province with regard to the Majority of the Assemblys being present before any Business could be proceeded upon; and likewise with regard to the Number of Representatives sent by each of the Northern Counties to the General Assembly, from the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and forty six and such Chief Justice, and Judge of the Admiralty Court, or either of them, do summon before him or them, such Persons as the Complainants, or their Agents shall name, and take their Affidavits, and examine them upon such Interrogatives as shall be exhibited for that purpose. And also
In witness whereof, We, the said Complainants have hereunto set our Hands and Seals, the Twenty First Day of January, Anno Dom: 1748.