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Today In Charleston History: August 1

1714 – England

George I became King of Great Britain.

1736 – Slavery. Religion
John Wesley

John Wesley

John Wesley, at the request of Reverend Alexander Garden, preached the Sunday sermon at St. Philip’s Church with

about three hundred present for Morning Service … about fifty for the holy communion. I was glad to see several Negroes at church; one of whom told me, she was there constantly; and that her old mistress (now dead) had many times instructed her in the Christian religion.

1776 – American RevolutionReligion.

Rev. Robert Cooper, who supported the King, was removed as minister of St. Michael’s Church, and ordered out of the parsonage.


Theodosia Burr Alston wrote to her father, Aaron Burr, living in self-imposed exile in Europe:

I witness your extraordinary fortitude with new wonder at every new misfortune. Often, after reflecting on this subject, you appear to me so superior, so elevated above other men, I contemplate you with such a strange mixture of humility, admiration, love and pride, that very little superstition would be necessary to make me worship you as a superior being …


A “riot” occurred at the Charleston Orphan House. According to the commissioners’ minutes, some boys created a “tumultuous uproar in the year and house.” After leaving the dinner table the boys:

commenced a great noise … they ran about the yard hooping and hurrahing with a most tumultuous clamor. One boy beat a kettle with a stick, and others raced past him shouting at the top of their lungs. Boys climbed over the pump near the Boundary Street gate and vigorously forced water into the yard.

orphan house postcard

Charleston Orphan House, postcard.

1864 – Bombardment of Charleston
Gen. Samuel Jones

Gen. Samuel Jones

Gus Smythe wrote about the new Charleston commander, Samuel Jones:

We have not very much confidence in Jones. They say he was sent here as this was the easiest place, the work being done, & they had no place else to send him.

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