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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Ordinance by the South Carolina General Assembly concerning the North Carolina/South Carolina boundary, including cover letter from William Moultrie to Richard Caswell
South Carolina. General Assembly
March 22, 1786
Volume 18, Pages 675-676

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Charleston, South Carolina, July 1786.


The Legislature of this State in their last Session, passed an ordinance dated the 22nd of March, 1786, appointing Commissioners to ascertain and settle the Boundaries of this State with the States of Georgia and North Carolina.

I have, in direction from the Legislature, the honor to enclose to your Excellency, the Clause of the Ordinance immediately relating to the State of North Carolina, for your information, and to be laid before the Legislature of your State.

I have further to acquaint your Excellency that the Commissioners appointed by this, to meet any that are, or may be appointed, by your State for the above purpose, are General Charles Cotesworth Pinkney, Brigadier General Andrew Pickens and Major Pierce Butler.

I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency's
Most Obedient Humble Servant,

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Clause for Ordinance of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, “appointing Commissioners and vesting them with powers to settle differences, and fix boundaries with North Carolina.”

And be it further ordained by the Authority aforesaid, that three Commissioners be chosen by joint ballot of the Legislature; which Commissioners or a majority of them, when chosen, shall be and they are hereby invested with full and absolute power & Authority, in

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behalf of this State, to settle and compromise all and Singular the differences, controversies, disputes and Claims which Subsist between this State & the State of North Carolina relative to Boundary and to establish and permanently fix a Boundary between the two last mentioned States, and this State shall and will at all times hereafter, ratify and confirm all and whatsoever the said Commissioners, or a Majority of them, shall do, in and Touching the premises and the same shall be ever binding on this State; Provided always, that the Commissioners to be appointed by the State of North Carolina, shall have as extensive powers vested in them by that State as are hereby vested in Commissioners of this State.