Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 322APPENDIX.
1787-9. Thomas Pinckney governor. Instalment law passed; the last attempt in South Carolina to interfere between creditor and debtor. Last instalment made payable March 25th, 1793. Clermont established.
1789-92. Charles Pinckney governor. State records removed to Columbia, December 1st, 1789. First legislature meet at Columbia, January, 1790. The present constitution of the state there ratified, June 3d of the same year. The United States census in 1790 makes the population of South Carolina consist of 140,178 whites ; 107,074 slaves, and 1,801 free blacks and colored. Total 249,073.
1792-4. Arnoldus Vanderhorst governor. Right of primogeniture abolished, and an equal distribution granted of intestates' estates. Roman Catholics organized into a church, Monday the 2nd of t May, 1791. George Washington, president of the United States, arrives in Charleston, accompanied by his wife and suite. Is re-
ceived with unmeasured enthusiasm ; visits the public and military works. On the 9th of May leaves Charleston for Savannah ; es-
Corted on his way to Ashley ferry, by governor Vanderhorst, gen-
erals Moultrie, Pinckney, and other distinguished citizens. 1792.
The orphan house established in Charleston. Yellow fever pre-
vails in Charleston with great fatality ; one hundred and sixty-five persons fall victims in four months. Instalment law expires with the last payment, 25th of March, 1793. Santee canal begun in 1793.
1794-6. William Moultrie, second time governor. Orphan
house goes into operation. Considerable increase in the cultivation of cotton.
1796-8. Charles' Pinckney governor. The French Protestant church a second time destroyed by fire in Charleston.
1798-1800. Edward Rutledge governor. The yellow fever prevails in Charleston in 1799, but with less fatality than in previous years ; ninety-six persons, mostly Europeans, fall its victims. The French Protestant church is rebuilt. The legislature establishes the office of comptroller general. The state is divided into twenty-
four counties, districts and parishes, vix : Beaufort, Charleston, Georgetown, Orangeburg, Camden, Cheraw, Ninety-Six, Pinck-