The Royal Colony of South Carolina

The Commons House of Assembly 1729 to 1775

The Commons House of Assembly began in 1692 under the Lords Proprietors' Rule and was to include representatives from both North Carolina and South Carolina. However, at that point in time the settlers in North Carolina were so far from Charles Town that they never sent any delegates to this Assembly. In 1719, the Crown took over South Carolina and these Assemblies continued under Royal Rule. The "Split" between North Carolina and South Carolina happened in 1712, but in keeping with the tradition of this website, all separate functions are assumed to have begun in 1729, when the Crown officially purchased Carolina from the Lords Proprietors except for John Carteret, 2nd Baron Carteret, later 2nd Earl of Granville.

Beginning in 1836, South Carolina published a ten-volume compilation of all known laws enacted since the earliest times. Click on the Statutes at Large below to view or download those created by the Commons House of Assembly. As can be seen, Volume IV covers the laws enacted from 1752 to 1786, which includes those enacted during Colonial times and early Statehood.

Assembly
Number

Year(s) Met

Statutes at Large

Comments

7th

1729

Volume III
Laws Enacted
1716 to 1752
See Map #4.

8th

1730
See Map #4.

9th

1731-1733
See Map #4.

10th

1733-1736
See Map #4.

11th

1736-1739
See Map #5.

12th

1739-1742
See Map #5.

13th

1742-1745
See Map #5.

14th

1745-1746
See Map #6.

15th

1746-1747
See Map #6.

16th

1747
See Map #6.

17th

1748
See Map #7.

18th

1749
See Map #7.

19th

1749-1751
See Map #7.

20th

1751-1754

Volume IV
Laws Enacted
1752 to 1786
See Map #7.

21st

1754-1757
See Map #8.

22nd

1757-1760
See Map #9.

23rd

1760-1761
See Map #9.

24th

1761
See Map #10.

25th

1762
See Map #10.

26th

1762-1765
See Map #10.

27th

1765-1768
See Map #10.

28th

1768
See Map #11.

29th

1769-1771
See Map #12.

30th

1772
See Map #12.

31st

1772
See Map #12.

32nd

1773
See Map #12.

33rd

1773-1775
See Map #12.

In 1775, South Carolina assembled its First Provincial Congress.


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