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title:“Deposition of Garret Minor”
date written:1788-8-20

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"Deposition of Garret Minor." 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. 1462-64. Print.

Deposition of Garret Minor (August 20, 1788)

Deposeth that being at the house of Charles Yancey gentleman, on the 16th of June past, this deponent received a letter from Col. Richard Morris, requesting that he would apply to certain gentlemen Commissioners to take depositions in a dispute between the said Morris and Col William White, respecting the legality of certain votes at a late election for the county of Louisa, to represent the county in Convention; with this letter this deponent received also a list of voters objected to by the said Morris, and a copy of the resolves of a committee of the Hon Convention, which this deponent laid before the gentlemen Commissioners therein appointed, and requested on behalf of the said Morris that they would proceed to take the depositions of such persons as were then present. This objected to by Capt. William Smith, who appeared as agent to Col. White. But on this deponent shewing that Col. Morris had done every thing that lay in him to do, agreeable to the resolution of the Hon. Committee. Three of the gentlemen appointed in the resolve, to wit: Waddy Thomson, Charles Yancey, and Thomas Johnson, proceeded to take the depositions that were offered, on the occasion which this deponent thinks and believes they did fairly and impartially.
The other gentlemen Commissioner, to wit: Col. Nelson Anderson refused to assist in the business, on the suggestion of Capt. Smith, that Col. Morris was absent and would not give him notice of the votes that he meant to object to on behalf of Col. White. Although thisdeponent shewed him plainly that Col Morris had done every thing requisite on his part agreeable to the resolve of the Honourable Committee.
This deponent thinks and believes, that Capt. Smith only wished to procrastinate the day's business, as this would have answered every purpose for which he was appointed. When Capt. Smith proposed giving in his own deposition, this deponent objected to the legallity of it, observing that it could not go to the Hon. Committee as legal evidence until Col. Morris had been first served, by Col White or his agent, with a copy of the objectionable voters. The gentlemen Commissioners over ruled this objection, and said they would take his deposition but the said Smith went off seemingly much offended, reflecting in a very indecent and improper manner, on the gentlemen commissioners.

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