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 93

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as regards the commissioning of sheriffs, are extremely
inconvenient and uncertain, if not incompatible.
A title to the Mount Dearborn lands has been at
length acquired for the State, and it is recorded in the
office of the Secretary of State, and of the Register
of Mesne Conveyance in Lancaster District.
Duplicates of the weights and measures established
by the Federal Government have been received, and de-
posited with the Collector of the Port of Charleston
for safe-keeping, until yon can make some disposition
of them.
I transmit to you the supplementary report of Mr.
RUFFIN, our late able and indefatigable State Agricul-
tural and Geological Surveyor. In consequence of his
resignation of that appointment at the close of the
year, I offered it to M. TUOMFY, Esq., of Virginia, an
accomplished Geologist and Botanist, who accepted it.
His very valuable and interesting report is herewith
submitted. It has been found impossible to traverse
every portion of the State within the year. Many
important localities remain unexplored, and many re-
quire to be visited again to render perfect even a
general view of the Geology of the State. I would
not recommend a minute and detailed geological survey
at the public expense. I do not think it called for at
this time, or likely, in the present state of that science,
to supersede the necessity of other surveys at no very
remote period ; but it is due to science, and the char-
acter of the State, that, since the survey has been in-
stituted, it should be completed on the scale on which
it is commenced. That can probably be done in one
year more, and I recommend its continuation for that
length of time.