Carolina Under the Lords Proprietors' Rule

16th House of Burgesses - 1708-1710

In 1708, Thomas Cary was elected by a rebellious faction in North Carolina after he recanted his earlier position on Quakers having to take the oath of office, something the current President William Glover refused to do. For two years, there were two separate Executive Councils and two Presidents attempting to govern North Carolina.

Both are known to have issued "writs for elections," and it was agreed that the General Assembly to be chosen should decide which was the rightful President. Of the seven precincts, four in Albemarle County and three in Bath County, five chose Thomas Cary members. All the members from Bath County, and those from Pasquotank and Perquimans precincts in Albemarle County, were his adherents. Edward Moseley, a supporter of Thomas Cary, was chosen Speaker of the House.

On the strength of representations then made by John Porter, the General Assembly voted that the Lords Proprietors had disallowed both of the laws requiring the oaths, though the Quaker members later went through a form of declaration. Thomas Cary was chosen President by this body, but was not recognized by William Glover and his party. In this divided condition, without recognized and legal government, the province remained for two years, 1708 to 1710, and apparently no effort was made by the Lords Proprietors or their representatives in South Carolina to pronounce definitely in favor of either party.

Due to the fractured government with two leaders, none of the records of the two Executive Councils nor any records of the General Assembly have survived, if records were even made.

Election District

Delegate

Archdale Precinct

Unknown

Unknown

Chowan Precinct

Edward Moseley*

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Currituck Precinct

Richard Sanderson**

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Pamtecough Precinct

Unknown

Unknown

Pasquotank Precinct

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Perquimans Precinct

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Wickham Precinct

Unknown

Unknown
*Edward Moseley was elected as Speaker of the House in 1708.
**Richard Sanderson was elected as Speaker of the House in 1709.
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