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Deposition of Francis Foster concerning the election of North Carolina General Assembly representatives
Foster, Francis, d. after 1735
April 14, 1749
Volume 04, Pages 1169-1170

The Deposition of Francis Forster of Perquimans County in North Carolina, Gentleman, aged about ninety years; who being sworn on the Holy Evangelists, deposes and saith, that he, the said Deponent, upwards of sixty years ago, was chosen a Burgess for Perquimans Precinct, and that he and four other Burgesses represented the said Precinct in the General Assembly of North Carolina, & that he the said Deponent served the said Precinct as a Burgess for several Years; and this Deponent furthur saith, that he was appointed a Member of Council when Thomas Carey Esqre was first Governor of the said Province and that he the said Deponent, continued to be a Member of Council, acted as such, and was conversant in the Publick Affairs of the Province 'till

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seven of the Lords Proprietors had conveyed their Estate and Interest in the Province to his Majesty: And further this Deponent saith that the said Precinct of Perquimans, and likewise the Precincts, now called Countys of Chowan, Pasquotank & Currituck, ever since this Depont hath known the Province have been represented in the General Assembly by Five Burgesses from each of the said Precincts or Counties; and that he never knew, nor heard their right to such a Representation contested or called in Question, 'till after November One Thousand seven hundred and forty six: and further this Deponent saith, that he never knew nor heard that less than a Majority of the Members of the House of Burgesses did proceed in Publick Business; And also that he never knew nor heard, that any new Members of the House of Burgesses were ever qualified till a Majority of the House of Burgesses had met unless since November, One Thousand seven hundred and forty six, and further saith not.


Edenton, 14th April 1749.