Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 290 SOUTHWARD HO
Here Mat Dunbar had again taken up his quarters as before,
but with a difference. Thoroughly enraged at his disappointment,
and at the discovery that Frederica had disappeared �a fact
which produced as much disquiet in the minds of her parents, as
vexation to her tory lover ; and easily guessing at all of the steps
which she had taken, and of her object ; he no longer imposed
any restraints upon his native brutality of temper, which, while
he had any hope of winning her affections, he had been at some
pains to do. His present policy seemed to be to influence her
fears. To reach her heart, or force her inclinations, through the
dangers of her parents, was now his object. Unfortunately, the
lax discipline of the British authority, in Carolina particularly,
in behalf of their own followers, enabled him to do much toward
this object, and without peril to himself. He had anticipated
the position in which he now found himself, and had provided
against it. He had obtained from Col. Nesbitt Balfour, the mil-
itary commandant of Charleston, a grant of the entire farmstead
of old Sabb � the non-committalism of the old Dutchman never
having enabled him to satisfy the British authorities that he was
a person deserving their protection. Of the services and loyalty
of Dunbar, on the contrary, they were in possession of daily evi-
dence. It was with indescribable consternation that old Sabb
looked upon the massive parchment � sealed, signed, and made
authoritative by stately phrases and mysterious words, of the pur-
port of which he could only conjecture with which the fierce
Dunbar denounced him as a traitor to the king, and expelled him
from his own freehold.
"Oh ! mein Gott !" was his exclamation. "And did the goot
king Tshorge make dat baber ? And has de goot king Tshorge
take away my grants ?"
The only answer to this pitiful appeal, vouchsafed him by the
captain of loyalists, was a brutal oath, as he smote the document
fiercely with his hand and forbade all further inquiry. It may
have been with some regard to the probability of his future mar-
riage�in spite of all with the old Dutchman's daughter, that
he permitted him, with his wife, to occupy an old log-house
which stood upon the estate. He established himself within the
dwelling-house, which he occupied as a garrisoned post with all
his soldiers. Here he ruled as a sovereign. The proceeds of