The Papers of Henry Laurens

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Daniel DeSaussure to Henry Laurens


Inclosed you have a Return of the Subscribers to the Association, there are a few that have not yet Signed owing to their Residence on Remote Islands in the Parish & have not been at either places when sent about to be Signed, but we Know their Chearfullness in the Common Cause_ Mr. Leechmer,[1] Our Collector, is the only person that has abso Refused to Sign, but he has given the Committee proper assurances_ they coud wish to have a Line from the Committee of Enteligeance Respecting Mr. Shaw_[2] I am with Esteem.

Sir Your obedt. Servant

D. DeSaussure

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ALS, HL Papers, ScHi; addressed on cover "To / Colonel Henry Laurens Esquire / Charles Town / per favour Mr. / Tebout_"; dated "Beaufort 17th. Septemr. 1775."; docketed by HL "Dan¯ Desaussure / 17 Septr. 1775. / Recd. 25th. Reportd. same / day_"; numbered "26-13". HL originally docketed this letter as having been received on September 24, but changed the 4 to a 5.
[1.] Nicholas Lechmere came to Beaufort as Customs Collector after the death of William Harvey (1767). During the Revolution he served as colonel of the Granville County Loyalist militia. Lawrence S. Rowland, "Eighteenth Century Beaufort: A Study of South Carolina's Southern Parishes to 1800" (Ph.D. dissertation, Univ. of South Carolina, 1978), p. 260.
[2.] Charles Shaw, a Scot, immigrated to South Carolina in 1766 and became the manager of John Stuart's plantations on Ladys Island. Banished from South Carolina in 1777 for refusing to sign the Association, he removed to West Florida where he joined Stuart as his deputy. The superintendent sent him to East Florida and Georgia where he served under Major Gen. Augustine Prevost and Lt. Col. Alured Clarke. At the evacuation of Charleston he obtained leave because of poor health to return to England. Loyalist Transcripts, LV, 262-270.