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Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware. Microform supplement

The Delaware General Assembly, 24 October-10 November 1787,   pp. 111-150

Page 122

to wit:
[For the indenture of election, see Mfm:Del.14-C].
House Proceedings, P.M., 30 October
The House met according to adjournment.
Nathaniel Waples and Charles Polk, two of the Representa-
tives returned for the County of Sussex, appeared in the
Four Petitions from 121 Inhabitants of the County of
Sussex, were read, complaining that the Freedom of the late
general Election for the said County was obstructed by an
armed Body of about two hundred Men, known by the Name of
Associators; that the leading Gentlemen of the said County,
on the Day of the Election, agreed that about 100 votes only
should be received, whereby about one thousand, or nine tenths
of the Freemen of the said County, were abridged of their
greatest Privilege, that of choosing their Representatives;
that James English, the Inspector of Little Creek Hundred,
was beaten, driven out of Lewes-Town, and compelled to give
Bail to be absent on the 15th of October, to which time the
Election was adjourned; that divers others of the Citizens
were beaten, wounded, and maimed; that many other mal-practices
were exercised at the said Election, which renders the same
illegal and unconstitutional; and praying relief in the premises

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