Orig. pub. Charleston 1809. Reprinted 1959-60, 1968, 1971 from 1858 ed. Print on Demand Edition 2009. The set. Item #90
This two-volume history of South Carolina, written by a Charleston physician, legislator, and one of the first historians of the state, covers the events of South Carolina history from 1670 to 1808. The first volume is the more historical one with much of the volume dealing with the Revolution. The second volume is valuable for its social and economic history, statistical accounts, and biographical sketches. Volume 1 deals with civil history - an account of the proprietary government from 1670 to 1719 and the royal government from 1720 to 1776 - and military history from 1670 to 1776, including contests with the Spanish, the Indians, and pirates in addition to its coverage of the Revolution. Volume 2 is topical in organization. The author discusses South Carolina history in terms of medical, ecclesiastical, legal, fiscal, agricultural, commercial, scientific, artistic, and literary events. Also included is a section of biographies of twenty-one of the state's most prominent men to 1800 and statistical reports on a number of districts. While a history of South Carolina, much of the material is also relevant to the early history of North Carolina.