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The South Carolina Association. 265
THE SOUTH CAEOLDJA. ASSOCIATION.
The following papers relating to the Association of South
Carolina are from the collection of manuscripts made by-
Gordon L. Ford, of Brooklyn, ~New York, and known as the
Ford Collection. The ravages of time and war have left so
little of the manuscript material of the Southern States
that any contribution is welcome ; and it is unusual to find
a number of connected documents relating to one m easure
or incident. The Association, reproduced in facsimile, was
adopted by the Council of Safety, and was intended to be
circulated among the local divisions of the Colony for sig-
natures. This copy must have been at one time a part of
the records of the Council, for Laurens was the President
of the Council, and his memorandum fixes the date and
inception of the Association.
The following letters are of interest in that they deter-
mine who printed the Association :
timothy to laurens.
"By your Servant I send two Copies of the Orders — and am
writing off the third — for I could get no assistance.
" The Association would have also been done, could I have got the
third Proof corrected before Candle-Light— but as it is, it cannot be
done before Tomorrow morning. This has been a most troublesome
Undertaking, for I could in the same Time have done Ten times as
much other Work.
" If you have Occasion for the third Copy of Orders, it will be ready
by the Time your Servant can return, and I am
" Your most obed' hum* Serv'
" Pet» Timothy.
" Friday Evening
" Excuse this being open, having no wafer at Hand, and I would
lose no Time."
"Peter Timothy presents his Compliments to Col. Laurens — had
already (before the Servant came) delivered the third Copy of Orders,
to Col. Thomson, who calld for it himself and said he would give it to
Vol. xx.— 18
266 The South Carolina Association.
" The address to Col. Fletchall stands on my book ' Thomm
Fletchatt, Esgr. in Camden District,' but I believe the District is wrong.
" All the printed Association Papers are in the Speaker's Desk.
" I moat heartily wish you Success, in your Effort
To render Fletchall
Aa zealous as St. Paul.
" Is not some Order omitted relative to the Letter now sent by
" Your most obedt. Servt
" Pet* Timothy."
As there was a risk, in signing the Association, of trial for
treason against the King should the British conquer, and an
equal risk, in not signing, of persecution at the hands of the
" Good People" of the Colony, the following papers were
submitted to the members of the General Committee. I
am unable to identify the writer of any of the three, but
believe Pinckney to have prepared Numbers I. and II.
" I -do solemnly swear, that I will not,
directly or indirectly, disclose or discover any Part of the Speeches,
Debates, Votes, or Proceedings that shall happen in this Committee,
relative to any Person or Persons having refused to subscribe the Asso-
«iation, unless Leave is first obtained from the General Committee
for so doing."
" Resolved, That whosoever shall be reported to the General Committee,
to have refused to sign the Association entered into by this Congress ;
the said General Committee shall forthwith cause such Person to appear
before them, and upon his repeated Eefusal to associate, or not offering
such Reasons in Justification of his Eefusal as shall be satisfactory, the
Gen 1 Com ee are directed to make such Order as they shall think consist-
ent with sound Policy."
" I. _ do voluntarily and solemnly swear,
upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, that during the present
unhappy dispute between Great Britain and America, I will not, di-
rectly or indirectly, by Deed, Word or Writing, attempt to counteract
or oppose the proceedings of the People of North America, and partic-
ularly those of this my Native Country. So help me God."
The South Carolina Association. 267
"When the English did come in force into the Colony,
measures were taken against those who signed the Associa-
tion, and the following advertisement (in manuscript) shows
that the " Good People" must have passed through severe
trials in trying to keep alive and free in the various changes
" We do hereby Desire and Kequire By virtue of the Kings Proclama-
tion and the Governors Authority to us derected, all Persons who have
signed the Association to Appear before us and take the Oaths of Alle-
gence if they do they may Expect Peace and Safety all in Friendship
from their humble Servants.
" Saluda Eiveks"
" Major Eobinson & Cap' Cunningham Considering the distance for
poor People has Appointed us to Keceive their Names till persons be
properly Quallifyed to Administer the Oaths of Allegence to them from
their hble Sev"
" Notice is given to the Publick that Cap* Paeris has made Oath and
also Proved that the Council of Safety att Charles Town has been In-
deavering to bring the Indians on the White People which proof I have
to shew any Person who desires to see it from their hble sev'
" P. Hawkins."