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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
himself entirely ignorant of the state of provisions, &c., be-
fore ; but said he would consult his council, and promised that
if it was determined by us to capitulate, he would send such
articles as they required for the citizens of Charlestown, in an
hour or two.
" Adjourned in the evening to Gen. Lincoln's quarters, when
Col. Lamey representing the insufficiency of our fortifications,
(if they were worthy of being called so) the improbability of
holding out many days longer, and the impracticability of
making our retreat good, as the enemy were now situated,
carried it for offering (trying first) terms of honourable capit-
ulation first. The Lieut. Governor, with four of his council,
Messrs. Ferguson, Hutson, Cattle, and Dr. Ramsay, coming in
a little after, used the council very rudely ; the Lieut. Gov-
ernor declaring he would protest against our proceedings, that
the militia were willing to live upon rice alone, rather than
give up the town upon any terms, and that even the old women
were so accustomed to the enemy's shot now, that they trav-
elled the streets without fear or dread ; but if we were deter-
mined to capitulate, he had his terms in his pocket, ready.
Mr. Ferguson, on the other hand, said, the inhabitants of the
town observed several days (some titae) ago, the boats col-
lected together to carry off the continental troops, but that
they would keep a good watch upon us, (the army,) and if it
was ever attempted, he would be among the first who would
open the gates for the enemy, and assist them in attacking us
before we got aboard. After the Lieut. Governor and Coun-
sellors were gone some time, Col. C. C. Pinckney came in
abruptly upon the council, and forgetting his usual politeness,
addressed Gen. Lincoln in great warmth and much the same
strain as the Lieut. Governor had done, adding, that those
who were for business required no council, and that he came
over on purpose from Fort Moultrie, to prevent any terms
being offered the enemy, or evacuating the garrison ; and ad-
dressing himself to Col. Lamey, charged the engineer depart-
ment with being the sole authors and promoters of any pro-
posals, &c. I was, myself, so much hurt by the repeated
insults given to the commanding officer in so public a manner,
and obliquely to us all through him, that I could not help
declaring, ai it was thought impracticable to get the conti-