Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
and safety of South Carolina ; holding all persons inimi-
cal to the liberty of the colonies, who shall refuse to sub-
scribe the association." This document was tendered
to the lieutenant governor, William Bull, who was a na-
tive of the province, but he refused to sign it. The
congress resolved to raise two regiments of foot, a
company of rangers, and to put the town and province in
a state of defence. So great was the excitement and
ardor of the people, that, in a few weeks after the battle
of Lexington, the popular leaders had a treasury and
army at command. While the congress was in session,
the royal governor, lord William Campbell, arrived in the
city. Its members waited upon him, with an address of
congratulation, in which, among other things, they de-
clare, " that no love of innovation, no desire of altering the
constitution of government, no lust of independence, has
had the least influence upon their councils.""We only
desire the secure enjoyment of our rights." Campbell
replied that he was "incompetent to judge of the disputes
between Great Britain and the colonies," and refused to
recognize any representatives of the people, except in the
constitutional assembly.
At the time these military operations were in progress,
the whole quantity of powder in the province, did not ex-
ceed three thousand pounds. To obtain a supply, extra-
ordinary measures were necessary. Informed that a Brit-
ish sloop had reached St. Augustine, having a large sup-
ply, twelve persons sailed from Charlestown, and carried
her by surprise, though she was in charge of as many gren-
adiers. They took out fifteen thousand pounds of powder,
and spiking the guns of the vessel, set sail for Beaufort,