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South Carolina Historical Society Manuscripts

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Journal of Observations, 26 March - 8 April 1780
Journal of Observations, 26 March - 8 April 1780 This account by Peter Timothy (1725 - 1782) entitled “Journal of Observations” describes in great detail the movements of the British Army and Navy from 26 March – 8 April 1780 during the siege of Charleston. Timothy wrote this account for Henry Laurens (1724-1792), who was in Philadelphia representing South Carolina in the Continental Congress. Prior to 1780, Timothy did not regularly correspond with Laurens. As the revolutionary fervor grew in the colonial capitol, divisions among the rebels created factions who were often at odds with each other over the levels and types of resistance to implement against the British authority. Within these divisions, Laurens was identified as a moderate while Timothy was active among the radicals and an outspoken representative of the Sons of Liberty. Timothy was one of several Charleston residents who frequently sent detailed accounts of the activities occurring in the colony.
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