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[395] their wives and children, he hastened down the mi-
Chap. LXVI.} 1776. June.
litia from the country by expresses; and in company with Armstrong visited all the fortifications. Barricades were thrown up across the principal streets; defences were raised at the points most likely to be selected for landing; lead, gleaned from the weights of church windows and dwelling houses, was cast into musket balls; and a respectable force in men was concentred at the capital.

The invaders of South Carolina, at a moment when instant action was essential to their success, were perplexed by uncertainty of counsel between Clinton and Sir Peter Parker, the respective commanders of the army and the naval force. On the seventh, when Clinton would have sent on shore a proclamation by a flag of truce, his boat was fired upon by an ignorant sentinel; but the next day Moultrie cleared up the mistake through one of his officers, and received the proclamation in return. In this the British general declared the existence of ‘a most unprovoked and wicked rebellion within South Carolina,’ the ‘succession of crimes of its inhabitants,’ the tyranny of its congress and committees, the error, thus far, incorrigible, of an ‘infatuated and misguided multitude,’ the duty of ‘proceeding forthwith against all bodies of men in arms, congresses, and committees, as open enemies of the state;’ but ‘from humanity’ he consented ‘to forewarn the deluded people,’ and to offer in his majesty's name ‘free pardon to such as should lay down their arms and submit to the laws.’ Having done this, he consulted Cornwallis on the best means of gaining possession of Sullivan's Island; and both agreed that they could not more effectually cooperate

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