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Hoban and Pierce Purcell set up a joint residence and workshop in Charleston at 43 Trott Street (now the eastern part of Wentworth Street). The business must have prospered, as they advertised on February 15, 1792, in the City Gazette and Daily Advertiser for carpenters who could finish work in an elegant style, "agreeably to drawing and directions given to them." Hoban also trained apprentices and slaves and established an "evening school" to instruct young artisans, one of whom may have been a pre-teen Robert Mills, later Hoban's apprentice and the future architect of the Washington Monument. Hoban also trained slaves for his building crew; in 1789, he placed an ad seeking a runaway slave carpenter named Peter, described as five feet seven or eight and well dressed in a brown coat, corduroy breeches, and a "three cocked hat."

Map of Charleston, South Carolina, for the Phoenix Fire-Company of London, 1790.

Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress

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