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Journal Of The Commissioners Of The Navy Of South Carolina: October 9, 1776 - March 1, 1779

ISBN13: 9781408607084
ISBN: 1408607085
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $28.95
Publisher: Mallock Press
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Pages: 276

JOURNAL OF THE Commissioners of the Navy l South Carolina October 9, 1776 --March 1, 1779 Edited by A. S. SALLEY, JR. Secretary of the Historical Commission of South Carolina Printed for THE HISTORICAL COLMMISSION OF SOUTH CAROLINA By The State Company. Columbia. S. C. 1912 - INTRODUCTION - On Saturday, September 21, 1776, the General Assembly Ordered That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for appointing Commissioners to superintend and direct the Naval Affairs of this State And that the Honourable M Edwards Captain Roger Smith Mr. Corbett Mr. Neufville and Mr. Ward be a Committee to prepare and bring in the same. On September 26th Col. Charles. Cotesworth Pinckney and Attorney General Moultrie were added to this committee. On September 27th Mr. Ed.wards presented the bill to the House, and it was received and read the first time and ordered to a second reading. On October 1st the House proceeded to ballot for commissioners to superintend and direct the naval affairs of South Carolina, and, having selected Edward Blake, Thomas Savage, Josiah Smith, Jr., Thomas Corbett, Roger Smith, George Abbott Hall, and Thomas Shubrick, the. bill was given a second reading, the names of these commissioners were inserted, and the bill was sent to the Legislative Council. On October 3rd the bill was returned from the Legislative Council, where it had received two readings and had been amended by striking out the name of Thomas Shubrick and inserting other name. On October 4th the bill came up in the House for its third reading. It appearing on the reading of the first clause that the name of Thomas Shubrick, one of the commissioners named by the House, had been stricken out by the Legislative Council, the House proceeded to ballot for another commissioner, and George Smith being selected his name was inserted, and the bill was given a third reading its title ordered changed to that of an Act, and it was ordered that Mr. Thomas Waring and, -Mr. Keating Simons carry it to the Legislative Council for concurrence, which they did and so reported to the House a few minutes later. On October 8th the House appointed Mr. Heyward and Mr. Young to join with a member of the Legislative Council to examine and compare the engrossed bill. A short time thereafter they reported that they had examined it and found it correct. Later in the day the Speaker and Hause attended His Excellency in the Council Chamber and presented it with other Acts to President Rutledge, who signed it. On October 9th the commissioners met and organized for busi-, ness. .Their journal from that date to March 23, 1780, when the close investment of the American lines at Charles Town put an end to their activities, an engrossed copy of the portion thereof to March I, 1779, and a volume of accounts kept by the commissioners, were among the manuscripts in the State Library of New York when the New York State capitol at Albany was partially destroyed by fire, March 29, 191 I, and they were considerably damaged thereby. How these records came to be in Albany has not been ascertained, but the records of the State department of New York show that in 1818, when J. V. N. Yates became Secretary of State of New York, he found these volumes in the State archives thereof. . At the time of the fire in 1911 a bill for the returning of these volumes to South Carolina was pending before the General Assembly of New York. This bill subsequentlybecame a law and the damaged records were returned to South Carolina. In copying for publication the text of the original journal was used, save where the mutilation or destruction necessitated the use of the engrossed copy. It has often been found necessary to piece together the copy from scraps of the pages of each volume, and often after the copying has been done the paper, burned to charcoal, has ckumbled to pieces. Thewords taken from the engrossed copy are put initalics...