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sure ; that during the sitting of the legislature, Mr. Longstreet
ROBERT FLOURNOY, esquire, being duly sworn, saith, that at the session of the legislature before the last, he made an acquaintance with judge Pendleton; that the said judge Pendleton contemplat. ed and made proposals to the legislature to purchase a part of the vacant territory ; that he then offered the deponent a share, pro. vided the business succeeded that not being the case, the deponent attended at the last session, when that subject came on the carpet again. That then William Longstreet called on the deponent one morning, at his lodgings, and informed him, that he, the deponent, was set down for a share of 75,000 acres, in the Georgia company; that the deponent was informed, that he was set down by the influence of general Gunn: this deponent further saith, that the meetings of the Georgia Mississippi company, were held at the deponent's quarters ; that he was present at some of their meetings, and during the passage of the act for the disposal of the western lands, he thinks general Gunn sent for the deponent, and asked him if he was intimate with Henry Mitchell, esquire, a senator from the county of Warren. The deponent answered he was. General Gunn then requested the deponent to go to him, the said Mitchell, and propose to him to take a share of 75,000 acres of the lands, on the same terms of the other purchasers, and
at the same time to urge him to vote for selling the land ; the said
ROBERT FLOURNOY, esquire, further saith, that Roberts Thomas, esquire, in a conversation on the subject, before the meeting of the last legislature, told the deponent he should be in favor of a sale, as he thought it would be an advantage to the state, if it came forward in a favorable shape. The deponent further saith, that general Gunn likewise told the deponent, during the sitting of the legislature, that no member of the legislature should or could ex. pect to have a share, if he did not vote for the bill., (Signed)
JAMES SIMMS, esquire, one of the representatives from the county of Columbia, being duly sworn, saith, that he had frequent conversations with Roberts Thomas, esquire, a member of the Senate of this state, at the last session of the legislature at Augusta; that the deponent did frequently, during that session, and whilst the act for the disposal of the western territory was in agitation, advise the said Roberts Thomas not to vote for the sale of the lands; that the said Thomas said there was an opportunity of making something very clever, and if he did vote for it, he would the deponent told the said Roberts Thomas, that the purchasers would deceive him, and after he had voted in favor of it he would get nothing; to
which the said Thomas replied, he would take care to make himself secure before he gave his vote.
The deponent further saith, that during the last session of the legislature, whilst the said bill for the disposal of the western lands was on the carpet, general Gunn called on the deponent, and told him that he was fearful the bill would be lost. Luke Mann, esq. a member of the senate, as the deponent understood that day, vo. ted against the bill; Gunn then said, Simms, I suppose, from what I have heard, you are a poor man, and you now have an op. portunity of making something handsome for yourself and family : if you will prevail on Mann to vote for the bill, I will give you fif. ty thousand acres of land. The deponent further saith, that the said Gunn told the deponent he would give the same, if he would get Mr Wood, a senator, to vote for it, or any other member of the senate; that he was in company with Mr. John King and Mr. Samuel Wright, two members of the same senate, at their quarters in Augusta-that a conversation arose about the sale of the western lands; the deponent expressing himself opposed to tha measure, the said John King and Samuel Wright told the depo. nent he ought not to oppose it, for he might make something cle. ver, if he would come into the measure, or words of that nature, (Signed)
BURRALL POPE, esquire, one of the members of the last and present senate of this state, being duly sworn, saith, that being a member of the senate at the last session of the legislature, he lodged at Mr. Herbert's, in Augusia, with Mr. Harrison Mus. grove, then a member of the house of representatives, from the said county--that one evening, whilst the bill for the disposal of the western territory was in its passage, the said Musgrove told the deponent he had found out more than ever he knew before ; that he had discovered there were two shares in Cumming's company reserved for himself and every member that would take them; the deponent further saith, that at another time said Musgrove said to the deponent, friend Pope, I am authorised to tell you that you can have one hundred guineas for your part; to which the deponent answered he had no part; that at another time the said Musgrove further told the deponent he might get five hundred silver dollars. (Signed)
Henry G. CALDWELL, esquire, being sworn, saith that, dur. ing the sitting of the last convention at Louisville, the deponent had a conversation with general Gunn, when the said Gunn asked the deponent who was to be governor next year?-The deponent said he heard judge Stith mentioned; the said Gun shook his head and said it would not do, that Stith had been ungrateful to his poor relations, for that he had made a great deal of money by the speculation, and had not been generous to them ; the depo. nent asked the said general Gunn how much judge Stith had made by that business; general Gunn answered, thirteen thousand dol. lars. The deponent then asked the said Gunn if the said Stith had a share in the lands, to which general Gunn gave no direct answer, but said he had engaged to give judge Stith thirteen thousand dollars for his influence in passing the law for disposal of the lands; that if the law passed, Stith was to have the money : that the law had passed, and that in consequence, he had given him a draught for the money, and he either had received or would receive it.
(Signed) HENRY G. CALDWELL. Sworn to, as aforesaid.
David B. MITCHELL, a member of the last as well as the present legislature of the said state, being duly sworn, maketh oath to and saith, that on his return from Augusta, after the rising of the last legislature, he rode in company with Thomas Wylly, esquire, a member of the senate of that legislature, from the county of Effingham, when a conversation took place between this deponent and the said Thomas Wylly, on the subject of the sale of the wes. tern territory of this state, which took place during that session, when the said Thomas Willy told this deponent, that he, the said Wylly, had sold a share which he held in one of the companies who had purchased the said territory, to one Wilson, a merchant in Augusta, for which he had got a negro fellow named Dublin, which was either in full or in part for the said share, but this de. ponent believes the negro was only in part, for the said Willy, al. so informed this deponent that he had some money besides, which was paid him on account of said share, and further, that the said negro Dublin was then riding behind the carriage in which the said Willy and this deponent were ; and this deponent further saith, that at the same time, the said Wylly told this deponent, that he would make eight or ten negroes by the shares he held in the different companies who purchased the said territory ; that this deponent then observed to the said Wylly, that he had not made as much as some others of the senate had; when the said Wylly observed, that he had engaged too soon, that he was not so lucky as some of them, who had held off until the last. (Signed)
D. B. MITCHELL.
HENRY MITCHELL, esquire, senator from the county of War: ren, in the last and present general assembly, being duly sworn, saith, that during the sitting of the last legislature at Augusta, the deponent was sent for by Mr. Cumming, one of the grantees of the Georgia Mississippi company, to his house, where, in a conversation about the sale of the western territory, the said Mr. Cumming asked the deponent his opinion as to the propriety of such sale; the deponent answered it was a subject that would come before him in the senate, and consequently, he did not think proper to form his opinion before it did come forward ; that the said Mr. Cumming further told the deponent that provided he thought it right to sell the lands, that he should not be precluded from having a share, although a member, for that the companies had made provision for shares for all the members, provided they thought fit to take them. (Signed)
JAMES M.NIEL, esquire, a member of the representative branch of the last legislature, and now a member of senate, being duly sworn, saith, that in a short space of time after the adjournment of the last legislature, he was in the town of Augusta, in company with Andrew Innis, who told him that he was one of the associates contemplated in an act passed by the aforesaid session, for disposing of a part of the western territory of this state ; that the purchasers and their associates were reduced to the neces. sity of passing a credit in favor of Roberts Thomas, then senator of Hancock county, as an associate, for the full amount of eight clear shares of land, without his paying one shilling for the same; whereby they did procure the vote and interest of him, the said Thomas, in passing the aforesaid act; that after the legisla. ture adjourned, the said Roberts was alarmed, and did propose to sell or let his eight shares as aforesaid, revert to the grantees and their associates, for a certain sum not less than three, nor more than five thousand dollars, which proposal was acceded to, and that he, as one of the associates, was called in for his proportionate part of the aforesaid sum, which he did pay; whereby the claim of the aforesaid Roberts was thereby extinguished for and in the behalf of the grantees and their associates, or words to that effect. (Signed)
John THOMAS, being duly sworn, saith, that his late brother, Roberts Thomas, a member of the senate at the last legislature,