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Deposition of James Craven concerning sectional dispute over North Carolina General Assembly sessions and representation
Craven, James, d. 1755
April 12, 1749
Volume 04, Pages 1177-1178

The Examination of James Craven of Chowan County Esqre aged thirty nine years, taken before Mr. Enoch Hall Esqre Chief Justice of North Carolina, and Joseph Anderson Esqre Judge of the Admiralty Court of the said Province, by virtue of an Order by the Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, Dated the 14th day of July 1748 at the Council Chamber Whitehall, taken this 12th day of April 1749.

To the 1st Interrogatory this Deponent saith, that he was a Member of the House of Burgesses before the Month of November 1746.

To the 2nd Interrogatory this Deponent saith, that the number of Twenty six Burgesses were in June 1746 deemed and held to be a Quorum of the House of Burgesses.

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To the 3rd Interrogatory this Deponent saith that in June 1746 the Governor prorogued the Assembly by Proclamation for want of a Majority and that he hath frequently heard that that hath been the usual Practice.

To the 4th Interrogatory this Deponent saith, that during the time this Deponent was a Member he never knew less than a Majority of the Burgesses proceed on Publick Business, and never heard it was done till November 1746.

To the 5th Interrogatory this Deponent saith that he doth not know that there were more than two Sessions of Assembly called and held in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and forty six, the one in June and the other in November.

To the 6th Interrogatory this Deponent saith, that during the time this Deponent was a Member he doth not know or remember that any of the Burgesses did qualify before a Majority of the Members, representing all the Precincts or Counties and Towns in this Province were met.

JAs CRAVEN.

Edenton 12th April 1749.