About the CLS Digital Library

A generous grant from the Bernard and Judy Cornwell Foundation enabled the Library Society to develop digitization as an additional layer of sharing its own Special Collections. Rare books and manuscripts require specialized scanners for safe digitization, and the library now owns the equipment necessary for preserving its vast collections in perpetuity. In conjunction, the Library Society continues its partnership with Lowcountry Digital Library where the broader Charleston community can access the Charleston City Directories as well as other manuscripts and archival documents tied to the history of the Lowcountry.

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A speech made upon the Condemnation of (1) Robert Tucker ... [et al] for Piracy, Wednesday, November ye 5th 1718

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A legal opinion written by Nicholas Trott at the condemnation of 29 men on 2 counts of Piracy. The opinion indicates that these are men who could have…

Letter to Charles Lee from William Moultrie, June 11, 1776 at 12:00

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Moultrie informs Charles Lee of the dispersement of troops in preparation for the enemy making landfall near Haddrell's Point.

Letter to Charles Lee from William Moultrie, June 11, 1776 at 8:30

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Moultrie writes to Charles Lee delivering the information he recieved from Daniel Horry regarding the enemy being near to landing a few ships at…

Letter to Charles Lee from William Moultrie, June 11, 1776 at 2:30

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In this letter, Moultrie informs Charles Lee of a scouting party being unable to get close enough to discover the enemy camp and plans for retreat, if…