About the Collection

The Charleston Bible Society Records, 1815-2010, collection contains correspondence kept by the Charleston Bible Society. Founded in 1810 as the Bible Society of Charleston (S.C.), the purpose of this organization was the distribution of Bibles without cost. Later constitutions of the society state its name as the Charleston Bible Society.

The correspondence in the collection is a contemporary draft of a letter (Sept. 1822) from Charles C. Pinckney to South Carolina Governor Thomas Bennett asking that he appoint a day of public thanksgiving for divine intervention in preventing a slave uprising instigated by Denmark Vesey, and that the governor not allow any legislation “unfavorable to the use of the Bible among the negroes.”

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