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Deposition of William Alston concerning the actions of Hance Hamilton
Alston, William
September 09, 1776
Volume 10, Page 796

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Affidavit of William Alston.

Mr Wm Alston of Guilford County in the State of North Carolina of lawful Age being sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God deposeth and saith that a certain Hance Hamilton of Granville County in a conversation with this deponent in the County of Rowan on the third or fourth day of this instant September the said Hamilton ask'd this deponent if he had done distressing of poor John Henderson. This deponent answered that he never had distressed John Henderson, and that as Henderson had given security to the Congress at Halifax he this deponent was satisfied. Hance Hamilton then said damn such a Convention and their proceedings for that they had no right to hold him to security or bring Henderson to trial. Hance Hamilton ask'd this deponent what was the Court for that they did not hold him to security. This deponent then told him the sum was over the Jurisdiction of a County Court. Hamilton then repeatedly damn'd the Congress and said they would be call'd to account for their proceedings, and further this deponent saith not.

Wm ALSTON.

Sworn to in open Councill the 9th Sepr 1776 before me.

Saml Ashe, Presidt.