Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, East Florida, the Bahamas

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, East Florida, the Bahamas

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...There is a German Lutheran congregation here, with its own church and minister, but it it not very numerous. The name of the city, since the last peace, has been changed from Charlestown to Charleston, and at the same time its rank, that of a Town until then, made that of a City. By the English rule those towns only are called cities which have a Bishop and are incorporated, or those which exercise their own granted privileges under the presidency of a Mayor and other officers and use a special city-seal. A bishop Charleston has not, but the dignity of a Mayor, called Superintendent, has been given it under this elevation of rank conferred by the Provincial Assembly. The number of the inhabitants was formerly reckoned at 10-12000, of which half or probably two thirds were blacks, but at present it is not possible to say exactly what the number is, since no precise baptismal or death lists are kept. The population, besides, has considerably diminished both by voluntary emigration and by the banishment of many of the most estimable. citizens of the royalist party. But certainly the num" ber of the white inhabitants is greatly less than that of the blacks, browns, and yellows to be seen here of all shades. In winter the city is less active than in summer. About Christmas most of the families retire to their country-seats, and spend there the greater part of what remains of the winter. One reason for this is that at that festival season the negroes are allowed somewhat more liberty, and fearing they might use it in a bad way, the proprietors deem it well to be present themselves and at the same time look after the progress of their plantation affairs. With the coming of the sweltry summer days all that can hasten back to town. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912705
  • 9781236912701