Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Message to the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, Nov. 26, 1844 >> Page 85

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a just regard for the safety and welfare of the com-
munity require that efficient measures should be taken
to remove from it, at the earliest possible period, an
engine so destructive, which fraud, accident, or over-
sight might at any moment put in fatal operation ?
It is at least worthy your consideration, whether we
are to incur the risk of it forever ; and if not, as its
charter has but twelve years to run, there is little time
to be lost, since it cannot be closed up in seven without
desolating the State.
The Bank of South Carolina, and the State Bank,
have accepted the provisions of the act of 1840, and
the suits against them have been withdrawn.
It affords me great pleasure to inform you that the
militia of the State are completely organized, and are,
for militia, in excellent training. There are few officers
of any grade who are not familiar with, and competent
to instruct the men in the different schools of infantry
tactics, and in camp duties. The artillery on the
coast is in fine condition, and the cavalry throughout
the State numerous, well mounted, and well drilled in
the sword exercise, and the manoeuvres appropriate to
that arm of service. The whole number of the militia
amounts to near fifty-five thousand, officers and men.
There are now in the State arsenals, in order for
service, ten thousand five hundred muskets, rifles and
carbines ; one hundred and two pieces of artillery ;
thirty thousand pounds of powder ; and twenty-five
thousand pounds of lead, besides a large quantity of
balls and cartridges. The other military stores and
equipments are in proportion. The number of public
arms in the hands of the militia cannot easily be ascer-
tained, but it is not short of five thousand muskets and