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Title Thomas Broughton Document Set
Date 1736 December 28
Description 1 item- 2 leaf pamphlet with document
People Broughton, Thomas
Search Terms United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775


South Carolina

Scope & Content The document reads as follows:

"South Carolina

By the Hon.ble Thomas Broughton Esq. Lieut. Governor and commander in Chief in and over this His Majesties Provinces

A Proclamation

Whereas His most Sacred Majesty has been graciously pleased to give Directions for laying out & Settling Several Townships for the Encouragement of Such poor Protestans as Shall Come into this Province, and for the better Security & Defense of His Subjects in this Part of His Domminions, and Whereas the General afsembly of this Provinces in Obediences to His Majesties Royal Instructions and from a [illegible] & gratefull Sense of His Majesties Just Concern for His People have applied one of the Publick Funds for the furtherancce of His Majesties Most Gracious Intentions, and for the more Effectual Settling the Said Townships, and for the Greater Encouragement of Such poor Protestants as may be inclined to Settle in the Said Townships have taken Care that their Lands Shall be laid out at the Publick Expenses and have actually agreed with the Several Officers Concerned in granting or laying out Lands for a Certain Sume to be paid out of the Aforesaid Fund in lieu of all Fees and Whereas it has been complained that Several Extortions Exactions and Opprefsions have been Committed by the Deputy Surveyors appointed to lay out the Said Townships which has been a great Discouragement to the New Settlers and may prevent the Speedy Execution of His Majesties Orders & be of great Prejudice to the Strength and Safety of this Province.

I have therefore thought fit by and with the Advice and consent of His Majesties Hon.ble Council to [illegible] this My Proclamation Hereby Strictly forbidding all Deputy Surveyors & other officers whom it may concern to take or Exact any Sume of Money fee or Reward whatsoever for the Execution of their respective Offices in any Matter or thing whatsoever relating to the laying out the Townships as they will answer the Contrary at their Peril and Hereby Charging & Commanding the Said Officers respectively to do their Duty equally & Unpartially and without favour or affection. And in case they or any of them have offended or Shall offend in the Premifses upon complaint made Upon oath before me in Council or before any of His Majesties Justices of the Peace Within their respective Jurisdictions & Transmitted to me in Council The Offenders Shall be prosecuted & punished with the utmost Severity of the Law.

Given under my hand and the great Seal of this His Majesties Provinces of South Carolina this 28 Day of December Annoq Domini 1736 and in the Tenth Year of His Majesties Reign

God Save the King

Thomas Broughton"

Broughton, Thomas; d. 1737; immigrated to S.C. from the West Indies; Indian trader; planter; member, S.C. House of Reps., 1696-1703, 1716-1727; governor, S.C., 1735-1737.

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