Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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285a4 : PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF CITIZENS OF BARNWELL DISTRICT RESPECTING
THE EDISTO AND ASHLEY CANAL COMPANY23

December 3, 1845
Mr. W. Gilmore Simms presented the Petition of sundry citizens of Barnwell, praying a charter for the Edisto and Ashley Canal Company; which was referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements.
Printed in Journal of the House of Representatives of South Carolina, 1845 (Columbia, S.C.: A. G. Sumner, State Printer, 1845 ), 63. House Bill 32 received a second reading on December 12, 1845 (Journal of the House of Representatives of South Carolina, I845, 110).
285a5 : PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF THE CITIZENS OF BARNWELL DISTRICT RESPECTING
THE EDISTO AND ASHLEY CANAL COMPANY

[December 3, 1845] To the Legislature of South-Carolina.
The Humble Petition of Sundry Citizens of Barnwell District Rsepectfully Sheweth
That your petitioners have long contemplated a connexion between the waters of Edisto and Ashley Rivers, by means of a Canal on the most practicable route from a place on the former below Givhan's Ferry, to a point on the latter below Bacon's Bridge.
Your Petitioners have caused a Survey of the route to be made by competent engineers, and find the distance to be a little less than thirteen miles, over a section of country which seems to have been designed by a wise providence for no other purpose.
23. Proposals to construct a canal connecting the Edisto and Ashley rivers were frequent from 1787 to 1863. The Statutes at Large of South Carolina ... Volume Seventh (Columbia: A. S. Johnston, 1840), no. 1349, pp. 545-47, authorized incorporation of a canal company. The papers of the S.C. General Assembly contain numerous petitions promoting and opposing construction. See Abram Blanding, Report of the Superintendent of Public Works ... for the year 1823 (Columbia: D. and J. J. Faust, 1823) and Report . for the Year 1824 (Columbia: D. and J. J. Faust, 1824), reprinted in David Kohn, ed., Internal Improvements in South Carolina 1817—1828 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1938), 269-70, 369-82.