Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 128THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
a mean submission to said acts, that the like are designed
for all the colonies ; when, not even the shadow of lib-
erty to his person, or of security to his property, will be
left to any of his majesty's subjects residing on the Amer-
ican continent."
The South Carolinians concluded their resolutions, by
sending Henry Middleton, John Rutledge, Christopher
Gadsden, Thomas Lynch, and Edward Rutledge, as dep-
uties, to meet the deputies from the other colonies in a
general congress, at Philadelphia. On the return of these
delegates to South Carolina, with a report of their pro-
ceedings, a provincial congress was held at Charlestown,
forming a new representative body of one hundred and
eighty-four members. They met on the 11th of January,
1775, and without a dissenting voice, approved of what
had been done in the continental congress. They passed
a number of resolutions suited to the times, and concluded
by a mixed recommendation to all the inhabitants, which
savors of the old leaven of puritanism, to practice the use
of fire arms, and set aside a day for prayer, fasting, and hu-
miliation. These recommendations for arming and pray-
ing, were carried into effect with equal zeal, and Charles-
town resumed the appearance, which it had so frequently
worn before, of a garrisoned town. Volunteers formed
themselves into separate bands ; and the very boys of the
city, emulating their seniors, were soon busy in the use of
mimic weapons, and in the practice of the manual.
While affairs stood in this posture, a packet reached
Charlestown, containing despatches from the British gov-
ernment to the governors of Virginia, the Carolinas, Geor-
gia, and Florida, which were seized by William Henry