. Responding to the advice given by the congress earlier, South Carolina on 26 March
adopted a constitution which was meant to serve until reconciliation with Great Britain
could be achieved, although some believed that reconciliation would never come. Rutledge
and Henry Laurens, who was chosen vice president, were on the moderate side, but William
Henry Drayton, despite his earlier defense of British authority, had become one of
the extremists urging a complete break with Great Britain (David Duncan Wallace, The Life of Henry Laurens
, N.Y., 1915, p. 221–223; John R. Alden, The South in the Revolution, 1763–1789
, Baton Rouge, 1957, p. 183).