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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription A GOOD GIRL WAS FREDERICA. 259

into this inquiry, we may add that the motives to the revolution-
ary movement originated with them, in causes totally different
from those which stimulated the patriotism of the people of
Massachusetts Bay. The pride of place, of character and of
intellect, and not any considerations of interest, provoked the
agricultural gentry of the south into the field.
It was the earnest desire of these gentry, at the dawning of
the Revolution, to conciliate the various people of the interior.
At the first signs of the struggle, therefore, an attempt was made
to influence the German population along the Edisto and Conga-
ree, by sending among them two influential men of their own
country, whose fidelity to the moueement party was beyond dis-
pute. But these men were unsuccessful. They probably made
few converts. It is enough, if we give a glimpse at the course
of their proceedings in a single household in the Forks of Edisto.*
George Wagner and Felix Long arrived at the habitation of
Frederick Sabb, on the 7th day of July, 1775. Frederick was an honest Dutchman of good character, but not the man for rev-
olution. He was not at home on the arrival of the commissioners,
but his good vrow, Minnicker Sabb, gave them a gracious recep-
tion. She was a good housekeeper, with but one daughter ; a
tall, silent girl, with whom the commissioners had no discourse.
But Minnicker Sabb, had she been applied to, might have proved
a better revolutionist than her spouse. It is very certain, as the
results will show, that Frederica Sabi), the daughter, was of the
right material. She was a calm, and sweetly-minded damsel,
not much skilled in society or books�for precious little was the
degree of learning in the settlement at this early period ; but the native mind was good and solid, and her natural tastes, if
unsophisticated, were pure and elevated. She knew, by precious
instincts, a thousand things which other minds scarcely ever
reach through the best education. She was what we call, a good
girl, loyal, with a warm heart, a sound judgment, and a modest,
sensible behavior. We are not seeking, be it remembered, a
heroine, but a pure, true-hearted woman. She was young too
only seventeen at this period but just at the season when the
* So called from the branching of the river at a certain point�the country between the two arms being called the Forks, and settled chiefly by Germans.