1784, Dr. James Lynah's name was officially taken off the list,(1)
thereby restoring to him all of his estate, his rights of citizenship
and removing this mark against his name forever.(2)
we see in Dr. Lynah a man who was unwilling, although banished forever,
to leave his country which he had to best of his ability tried to free
from the bondage of British tyranny; and, who having been accused
falsely of what must have been called treason, was willing to stay
behind to defend himself when many left. He would rather submit himself
to the indignities of a common jail and rely upon his faith in God and
his fellowmen for fair and just treatment than to leave behind a single
blot on his name, be it ever so doubtful.
this Dr. Lynah, in the first election after the incorporation of
Charleston in 1783, was selected Warden from Ward 8 to represent his
fellow citizens on their first incorporated board.(3) He wad one of the
founders of the S. C. Medical Society begun in 1784 and incorporated in
1789.(4) He was in 1782 Senior Warden of the Fellowship Society.(5) He
was also president of the Mount Zion Society.(6) He was twice
Grandmaster of his Masonic Lodge and held various other offices in the
Lodge during his life time.(7) He was a director of the Bank of South
Carolina from 1801 until his death, (8) and Justice of the Peace
(1) ibid; page 635.
One can only speculate as to what actually happened. More than likely
Dr. Lynah, his services being much in demand by both the British and
his fellow citizens was forced by the British to accept some form of
commission in order to practice. Regardless of what he was forced to
do, it is obvious that if it had any effect at all, it was to elevate
Dr. Lynah rather than to lower him in the eyes of his fellow citizens
as we can see from what followed.
Some of the others were assessed 12% or more with various restructions ibid; page 634-635.
(3) Vol. 56 S. C. Historical Magazine.
Charleston was divided into 13 wards each to elect one warden to serve
for one year. Election was in September 1787.
(4) S. C. Medical College Records. See Appendix II.
(5) Royal Gazelle March 20, 1782. See Appendix II.
It was interesting to note that notice of his re-election as Senior
Warden appeared in the same issue as the notice of his banishment.
(6) City Directory 1807, page 87. Appendix II
(7) City Gazette Jan. 1, 1805, and family records. (8) City Directory 1801. City Gazette 10-28-1809.
Indenture dated March 1789 witnessed by James Lynah one of the Justices
assigned to keep the Peace in Charleston District. Univ. N. C. - Lynah