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title:“Affidavit of Thomas Merriwether”
date written:1788-7-21

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"Affidavit of Thomas Merriwether." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 10. Ed. Gaspare J. Saladino and John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1993. 1461-62. Print.

Affidavit of Thomas Merriwether (July 21, 1788)

The affidavit of Thomas Meriwether of lawful age, in a matter of controversy between Waddy Thomson, Charles Yancey and Thomas Johnson jun gentlemen, Commissioners appointed by the late Convention, to take the depositions of sundry persons touching the legality of their votes in a disputed election between Col. Richard Morris and Col. William White and William Smith Ballard, Nelson Anderson, and Richard Paulett. This deponent after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that he was at the house of Charles Yancey on the 16th of June, the day appointed for the meeting of the said Commissioners, the said William Smith appeared as agent for Col White, (who was absent) the Commissioners proceeded to take the depositions of the witnesses that appeared, and while they were engaged in doing the business, Mr. Smith desired them to enter his objections to their proceedings; they old him that they were then very much engaged in taking the depositions of sundry persons that were anxious to return to their several homes (it being late in the evening) but when they were ready to make up their report, would enter any objections he would offer; he appeared to be very much offended, and proceeded to write a letter, I suppose, to Col. Nelson Anderson walked aside, and after being in private a while Mr. Anderson came to the Commissioners and asked them if they refused to enter Mr. Smith's objections, they replied inthe negative; and after they had nearly taken all the depositions, Mr. Smith told them, that he wished to give his deposition respecting several persons right to vote; they desired him to write his deposition, he accordingly began to write it, and Col. Garritt Minor (who appeared in behalf of Col. Morris) objected to his giving his deposition, but the objection was over ruled by the Commissioners. Immediately Mr. Smith taking offence tore up the paper he was writing on, and went to his horse. One of the Commissioners followed him, and desired him to come back and give his deposition, but he refused to do it. Since the letter from Mr. Smith was read in Convention I happened to be in company with Col. Nelson Anderson (who attested the letter,) and a conversation arising respecting the letter, he said that he did not sign the letter as containing facts, but to prove that Mr. Smith wrote the said letter, this deponent further saith that the Commissioners appeared to act fairly and impartially on the occasion.

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