Orig. pub. London 1779. Reprinted 1962, 1971. Print on Demand Edition 2015. The set. Item #136
Dr. Alexander Hewatt (or Hewat) is known as the first historian of South Carolina and is best known for this two-volume work. He was a Presbyterian minister in Charleston from 1763 to 1777. Not sympathetic with the Patriot cause, he returned to England in 1775 but remained interested in South Carolina until his death in 1828. While the books are primarily South Carolina material with a strong Charleston and lowcountry emphasis, he also devotes considerable space to Virginia, North Carolina as a part of the Carolinas colony, and Georgia, in particular in Volume II. His history includes observations of the peoples of the area, accounts of slaves and the institution of slavery, and accounts of the Indians. He pays due attention to agriculture and economics in the colony. In his discussion of political events, he was obviously biased against the Proprietors and the Anglican Church but for the Royal government and the dissenting churches. He had the advantage of first-hand observations with the ability, time, and local contacts to develop a remarkable account of pre-revolutionary Carolina on which later historians relied. Volume I covers the period to the end of the Proprietary government and Volume II continues the account until the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766.