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Land Document, ca. 1807, Regarding Access to
    Wharf of Jacob Motte (Charleston, S.C.)

    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2004

| Gifts to Manuscripts 2004 | Front Page 2004 | Friends of the Library | Endowments |

Document, ca. 1807, consisting of copy of pertinent legislation and notes discussing efforts by Colonial government to ensure public access to the waterfront in downtown Charleston, S.C., via “a piece of land” between Jacob Motte’s wharf and the Charleston market.

On 16 July 1768 the Commons House of Assembly authorized the purchase of the land to provide “passage to and from [the wharf]... for all persons.” Some thirty-six years later, a legislative council recommended that the land be sold to Arnoldus VanderHorst, only to be disputed two years later.



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