Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription APPENDIX,
COMPRISING A CHRONICLE OF THE LEADING EVENTS IN
THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, FROM THE CLOSE
OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR TO THE PRESENT YEAR.
(1840.)
A D. 1782. John Rutledge governor. General Assembly convened at Jacksonboro in January. Christopher Gadsden is chosen governor; he declines office on the plea of age. John Matthews is chosen. Assembly proceeds to supply vacancies in the different departments of office, and to re-establish all the branches ofcivil government. The governor empowered, as in the case of his predecessor, to do "all matters and things which are judged expedient and necessary to secure the liberty, safety and happiness of the state." Laws passed for the confiscation of estates of tories, and banishing from the country such as are active and decided friends of the British ; also for amercing the estates of others, in lieu of their personal services, which had been withheld from the country. Two hundred and thirty-seven persons, or estates, included in the first, and forty-eight in the last of these clauses. These enactments afterwards modified or repealed (see preceding history to the close of the war) by the evacuation of Charlestown. Partial collision between the state authorities and the army under Greene. See Johnson's life of that general.
1783-5. Benjamin Guerard governor. Charlestown incorporated and called Charleston. Statesburg founded by general Sumter. Cotton culture begun on a small scale.
1785-7. William Moultrie governor. The Methodists first make their appearance, as a religious fraternity, in Carolina. The town of Columbia ordered to be laid out and made the seat of government, March 2nd.
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