South Carolina Archives
Miscellaneous Communications to the
General Assembly, 1777-1877
CREATOR: General Assembly.
TITLE: Miscellaneous communications to the General Assembly
DATE: 1776-1877; (bulk 1783-1865)
VOLUME: 11.00 cubic ft.
ARRANGEMENT: Series arranged chronologically by year and thereunder by
assigned number, with a separate sequence for those items bearing no
contemporary recording of the date (N.D. or No Date items).
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of reports, letters, or other
written information called for by act, resolution, or legislative committee or
otherwise submitted to the General Assembly. These communications originated in
the legislative process and became a practical method whereby the General
Assembly obtained important information. Although some of the communications
were called for on an annual basis, most were irregular, submitted as called for
by specific legislative act or other directive.
A major source of these
communications were commissioners for various state projects who were called on
to report the progress and outcome of their work. The series also contains
letters concerning membership in or resignation from the General Assembly and
other letters that closely resemble petitions in content. An official frequently
called on to report was the Comptroller General. Communications from him in this
series differ from his annual reports in that they are generally less extensive
and on specific subjects.
Other boards and public officials submitted reports that have been included in
this series. Among these were the auditor general, solicitors, directors of the
Bank of the State, the quarter master general, the attorney general,
commissioners to run various boundaries, the treasurers, and other state
financial officials. Information included is varied, though almost always
related to a public project or information under the control of a certain
official. Some of the communications also contain legislative resolutions as an
outgrowth of the information they impart.
INDEX/FINDING AID: Indexed to the item level in the repository's On- line
Index to Legislative Papers, 1782-1866, and in the fifteen-reel computer output
microfilm (COM) Index to Legislative Papers produced by the repository in 1991.
The numeric code 0010 017 was used to designate this series in the computer
output microfilm index.
These indexes include personal names, geographic locations, and subject terms.
ADDITIONAL FORM: Entire series also available in digital form on the
repository's website. The images on the website are linked to index hits
on the repository's On-line Records Index. Some of the communications taking the form of reports
are printed or abstracted in the printed Reports and Resolutions.
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: Other communications with receipts for payment added
to them are filed with the records of the Treasurer's Office or the Comptroller
General. Twenty-three communications filed in the Accounts Audited of Claims
Growing Out of the Revolution are included in the on-line and computer output
microfilm indexes to legislative papers.
Other communications to the General Assembly have been filed as separate series
and are not included in the legislative papers indexes. These include Free
School Reports, Annual Reports and Private Reports of the Bank of the State of
South Carolina, Annual Reports of the Commissioners of the New State House, and
Annual Reports of the Regents of the Lunatic Asylum. The separately filed Annual
Reports of the Comptroller General, which are also not indexed, include
subseries for the Fines and Forfeitures of the Clerks of Court and of the
Attorney General and Solicitors, Returns of the Commissioners of the Poor,
Returns of the Commissioners of the Roads, Reports of the Commissioner of
Columbia, Reports of the Charleston Transient Poor Funds, Reports of the
Beaufort and Georgetown Transient Poor Funds, Reports of the South Carolina
College, and Reports of the Charleston Commissioners of the Tobacco Inspection.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the General Assembly.