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Today In Charleston History: June 24

JUNE 24

1717-Piracy

Stephen James de Cossey, Francis de Mont, Francis Rossoe and Emanuel Erando were charged by Judge Trott with taking the vessels the Turtle Dove, the Penelope, and the Virgin Queen off the coast of Jamaica.

1753
Peter Manigault

Peter Manigault

The young Peter Manigault, while studying in England, visited Charles and Eliza Pinckney in London. He wrote to his mother about the Pinckneys:

He already seems to have some desire to return to Carolina and I daresay he will, sooner than he at first talked of … His wife is an excellent Woman and I venture to say she would chuse [choose] to pass her days in England; however she is too good a Wife to ever thwart her Husband’s Inclination.

1766-Religion. The Buildings of Charleston

 St. John’s Lutheran Church was completed on Archdale Street.

1773

Dr. Alexander Garden (the physician not the minister) was elected to the Royal Society, nominated by Benjamin Franklin. The Society renamed the Cape jessamine the “gardenia,” in his honor.

garden

Dr. Alexander Garden

A distant relative Reverend Alexander Garden, arrives in Charlestown in 1755 where he married Elizabeth Peronneau. Garden was partner in a busy medical  practice but still found time for his greatest enthusiasm – collecting and studying flora and fauna, which he sent to John Ellis, a merchant and zoologist in London, and to Carolus Linnaeus in Sweden.. There were no neighbours with similar interests –“there is not a living soul who knows the least iota of Natural History,” he wrote to Ellis. His botanical and zoological conversations were carried on by correspondence. His parcels to Europe included “birds, fish, reptiles, amphibia, insects, and plants”  from South Carolina.

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