South Carolina Archives
Governors' Messages, 1783-1870
CREATOR: General Assembly.
TITLE: Governors' messages
VOLUME: 20.50 cubic ft., 9.00 microfilm reels, and 2.00 volumes
ARRANGEMENT: 1783-1830 reassembled into packets as delivered to the
General Assembly and arranged chronologically by arbitrary assigned number;
1830-1870 semi-processed with some chronological arrangement. In the
microfilm of the 1783-1830 messages, the contemporary docketing of the items was
filmed where it appeared on the back of the last page of the item. Some
scholars of the Denmark Vesey conspiracy (Message No. 1328) have been confused
by this placement and have applied the docketing erroneously to the following
RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS: Microfilm is used for the 1783-1830 messages,
which are restricted from general use.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series contains the messages sent from the
governors of South Carolina to the General Assembly and includes many of the
documents that were enclosed with those messages. As chief executive, the
governor received many communications from the federal government and from other
states and foreign nations. He also handled many in-state matters and forwarded
documentation to the General Assembly when it came back into session. Subject
matter includes a wide range of national and international political,
constitutional, social, and economic affairs as well as more local concerns. The
trial transcript from the 1822 Denmark Vesey slave revolt conspiracy or reputed
conspiracy is in the series.
The 1783-1830 messages represent a modern reassembling of these documents with
all their enclosures as they were submitted to the General Assembly and include
some photocopies of missing items from other repositories. These materials had
been arranged in a subject file in the early twentieth century. Two cartons of
post 1830 materials represent a partial organization and arrangement of
materials for a continuation of that reconstruction, but the project has not
been completed. Four other unarranged cartons contain mixed materials, many of
which are believed to possibly be message enclosures.
INDEX/FINDING AID: 1783-1830 indexed in detail to personal names,
geographic locations, and topics in the repository's On-Line Index to
Legislative Papers, 1782-1866, and in a fifteen-reel computer output microfilm
(COM) Index to Legislative Papers made available by the repository in 1991. The
numeric code 0010 006 was used to designate this series in the computer output
The names of businesses, manufacturing firms, similar incorporations, churches, educational
institutions, benevolent and social organizations, fire companies, and military
organizations were indexed with topics. Many messages were indexed as one document packet, but others
had some of the enclosures treated as separate indexing units.
ADDITIONAL FORM: The 1783-1830 portion of this series has been digitized.
The digital images are linked to index hits from the On-line Records Index on
the repository's website. 1783-1830 also available on microfilm produced by the
repository. Some oversized documents were not included on this film but are
noted with targets.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of
the General Assembly.