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Ratification of the Constitution by the states. Microform supplement: Delaware
([1978])

Deposition of Joseph Derrickson, 4 December 1787,   pp. 280-282


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32    Deposition of Joseph Derrickson, 4 December 1787"
As to any facts relating to the Petitions he is not
acquainted with them, that on his return home from the Place
of Election, he saw a number of armed men and counted two
hundred arms, in an old field about a mile or rather less
from the place of Election. Mr. Nathaniel Mitchell ordered
the front to be cleared & said he thought it best to put them
under guard, but knows not who he meant, he was not under
guard himself nor saw any body, it was about two OClock in
the Afternoon, he saw no disturbance at the election nor
any vote refused nor any appearance of any being refused,
previous to the election he saw a four pounder getting in
order at Dagsbury, but knows not for what use, he saw no
armed man at the place of Election but Mr. Evans with holsters
and appearance of pistols in them; he was there about three
hours, he returned home without voting and 8 or 10 with him
he thinks without voting but beleives they did not offer
to vote his reasons and he believes their reasons, for not
voting, was, that they expected a reconcilliation of the
parties but finding it not so, they did not chuse to vote.
he heard no firing, he was not afraid nor did he hear any


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