Daily Archives: May 2, 2018

Treasures of the Archives: Warrant, 1767

The first Wednesday of each month features a document or item from the State Archives considered a treasure because of its significance to the history and culture of our state or because it is rare or unique. Sometimes the featured item just illustrates a good story. The items highlighted in this blog have been taken from the exhibit, “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives” and its companion catalog.
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Warrant, 1767, Boundary Line papers, Treasurer’s and Comptroller’s Papers

In order to postpone a confrontation between white settlers and Indians, King George issued a proclamation in 1763 forbidding white settlement in America farther west than the crest of the Appalachian mountains. Some Cherokees asked that a precisely defined boundary be surveyed for their protection. The Indians preferred that the line not be run until after the 1766 hunting season, however, so that they might take game farther east than the anticipated line might permit.

In June 1766, Gov. William Tryon indicated to his council that he was ready to undertake the surveying of a line, and the council authorized him to direct the surveyor general to proceed. Since the treasury had no funds for such a project, the governor was authorized to issue warrants for the survey. He appointed John Rutherfurd, Robert Palmer, and John Frohock to be boundary commissioners, and they, together with a detachment of thirty men, completed the survey. The first Wednesday of each month features a document or item from the State Archives considered a treasure because of its significance to the history and culture of our state or because it is rare or unique. Sometimes the featured item just illustrates a good story. The items highlighted in this blog have been taken from the exhibit, “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives” and its companion catalog.

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