Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.73
state. of things, no set of officers could maintain their
places long. In the short space of four years, from
1682 to 1686, there were no less than five governors :
Moreton succeeding West; West again displacing More-
ton ; and being followed in turn by Sir Richard Kyrie,
Robert Quarry, and James Colleton.
Moreton assembled a parliament, which established a
variety of regulations, some of which were displeasing
to the proprietaries. It enacted a la~v for raising the
value of foreign coins, by which the currency of Caro-
lina was first regulated ; and suspended all prosecutions
for foreign debts ; a measure which was negatived by the
proprietaries, whose own interests might have suffered
from such an enactment ; and which they declared con-
trary to the king's honor, as obstructing the proper course
of justice.
Another cause of dispute between the proprietors and
the people, arose from the manner in which the par-
liament , was constituted. The province, at this time,
was divided into the three counties of Berkeley, Cra-
ven, and Colleton. Berkeley filled the space around the
the capital ; Craven (including the district lately called
Clarendon) lay to the northward ; and Colleton con-
tained Port Royal and the islands in its vicinity, to the
distance of thirty miles. Of the twenty members, of
whom the parliament was to be composed, the proprie-
taries desired that ten should be elected by each of the
counties of Berkeley and Colleton. Craven was deem-
ed too inconsiderable to merit any representation.
Berkeley, which contained the metropolis, was the only
county which, as yet, possessed a county court ; and the
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