John Lining, James Wright, Rawlins Lowndes Legal Document Signed dated: 5th July, 1748, [Charles Town] South Carolina
John Lining (1708-1760), James Wright (1716-1785), and Rawlins Lowndes (1721-1800)

An order from John Lining "one of our assistant justices in the absence of our Chief Justice [Benjamin Whitaker]" to the provost marshal [Rawlins Lowndes] to have the defendant in a civil case, Joseph Edward Flower of Beaufort, or Port Royal, appear in court to answer a suit brought by Benjamin Savage. Signed by Lining and Wright at the end of the document and again on the verso by both and by the provost marshal as "R. Lowndes."
on laid paper with seal, W11 3/4" L14 1/2"

Provenance: Dr. & Mrs. C.G. Hopper, Jr. Collection

Other Notes: John Lining (1708-1760), Scottish-born. studied medicine before immigrating to Charleston, South Carolina in 1728. He practiced medicine, conducted experiments with electricity, made meteorological observations and recorded the results, and published in Edinburgh in 1756 one of his most notable contributions to medicine "A Description of the American Yellow Fever" in a volume titled Essays and Observations, Physical and Literary. On 15 August 1744, he was also appointed an assistant justice in South Carolina's Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas that met in Charles Town. James Wright was born in London, came to South Carolina in 1730 when his father Robert was appointed chief justice of the Royal Province, and pursued the practice of law. In the 1740s, he was appointed attorney general of South Carolina, a position he held until 1757. In 1760, he was appointed the royal governor of Georgia and served until 1782, although during the American Revolution, he fled to London in 1776 and remained there until July 1779 when he returned to Savannah, which was then in British hands. Savannah was evacuated by British forces in July 1782 and Wright left for London.

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