Deposition of Hugh Blackburn, 1744 Sept. 15.
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11 The Deposition of Mr. Hugh Blackburn aged Eighteen yrs or thereabouts who being sworn saith that on Wednesday the 5th of this [illegible] Septr near the store of his Brother Mr. John Blackburn opposite the Court house in Norfk. Town abt. 10 or 11'Clock in the forenoon a Discourse happened between the Rt. Honble Lord Banff and Mr. John Taylor present Mayor of Norfk. The Deponant among other things hard Lord Banff say to the Mayor that if any watch was kept in this Town, so long as he staid here, he the sd. Lord Banff would order any of his people that should come on shore to wear Arms in their defence, The Depont. being obliged to go into the store to serve a Customer soon afterwrd. and heard said Lord Banff tell the Major. to Witt, I Declare open war agt. the people of Norfk. and that he would order his men on shore and head them himself, the Major Replyd there was people enough in Norfk. to defend themselves agt. a greater number of men than my Lord had on Board his Ship, That Lieuts.[illegible] Mr. Partridge, Dr. Mc[illegible] & Mr. Francis Miller were present and further saith not. [signed] Hugh Blackburn Sworn before us Septr: the 15th 1744 Geo. Howton Jno Taylor