Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Charles Pinckney, 16 July 1807

July 16: 1807 In Charleston

Dear Sir

I had the honour by the last post but one to inclose you the proceedings that had taken place in consequence of the late outrage & I now have the honour to apply to you by the request of the General Committee to have a part of the sum appropriated for the defence of this City & Harbour laid out for it’s immediate protection & to expedite the permanent defence thereof & to direct an adequate supply of military stores of every specie, to be forwarded here as soon as possible, as the deficiency of those articles under existing circumstances, is truly alarming—

Having no forts or fortifications of any kind we are mounting Six twelve pounders on Garrison carriages.

6 Ditto (12.) on travelling carriages
2 18 Do
2 24 Do

2—13 inch mortars

two reverbatory furnaces for red hot balls to be placed on trucks—in case of a ship or ships attempting to run-up to the City or insult us it is intended to move those by horses or men to the different wharves & form batteries: with Bags of Cotton. which are so tightly packed as to render them nearly, if not quite impenetrable to shot—I can assure you our citizens emulate there Brethren of Virginia & the other states in the Spirit & Zeal they display on this occasion—Every part of the State is alive to the insult We have recieved.—for my own part I am convinced this act could not have been either ordered or intended by the British Government but we very much fear here that the nature of the Satisfaction to be required will be such as to create great difficulties, in arranging it.—I wish extremely the continuance of peace, if it can be properly arranged & as We of this state from the great extent of our production & commerce are particularly interested, if there is no impropriety in asking it I should wish very much to know your opinion as to the probable result—Whatever it is, the unanimous spirit evinced by all classes ought to do us great honour in the eyes of the World & will probably open those, of Britian for nothing but madness could make her think of adding us to the list of her Enemies.—With great respect & affectionate regard

I am always dear Sir Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

There are some few stores & markets belonging to the United States here which it is presumed they have no objection to our using & I have by request of the Committee ordered the arsenal keeper to examine & make a return of them to the Quarter Master General that we may know what they are.


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