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Deposition of Wyriot Ormond concerning sectional dispute over the location of the North Carolina General Assembly sessions
Ormond, Wyriot, ca. 1707-ca. 1758
April 05, 1749
Volume 04, Pages 1195-1196

Wyriot Ormond of Beaufort County in the Province of North Carolina

Gentleman aged Forty two years or thereabouts being sworn and examined deposeth as followeth (viz.)

To the first Interrogatory This Deponant saith that he was at the Governours House the latter end of October one thousand seven hundred and forty six

To the second Interrogatory This Deponant saith that when in conversation with the Governour he said he was not capable to advise him yet he beleived if the Assembly might or could be prorogued to meet at New Bern they would do Business he further said he beleived there

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would not be Burgesses enough to make a House at Wilmington from any judgement he could form of men in their circumstances and this Deponant further saith that if he might presume to advise him the said Governour he would not advise him to go to Wilmington.

To the third Interrogatory This Deponant saith that in the Latter end of June or the beginning of July one thousand seven hundred and forty six in the Street at New-Bern just after the prorogation of the said Assembly to Wilmington he heard some of the Northern Burgesses with great heat say they would not go to Cape Fear in November others more colly said that they could not attend there and that the Governour had done it on purpose for it was at the time of killing of Beef and the time of the Pork Season coming on when they must be at home afterwards in the beginning of November at Edenton he heard some of the Members of Chowan County say they would not go to Wilmington to the Assembly others that they could not go and some Members of the other Counties and Mr. Blount said that if Members enough went to make a House he would go.

To the fourth Interrogatory This Deponant saith that the reasons that induced him to tell the Governour why he beleived there would not be Burgesses enough to make a House at Wilmington were that the circumstances of some of them as he heard them say would not permit them to go for their Livelihood depended upon the Beef and Pork Season and that he had not seen any of the Members since the Prorogation as this Deponant verily beleives and from what he heard the Northern Members declare when the Assembly was prorogued to Wilmington.

WY: ORMOND.

New-Bern the 5th April 1749.