Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription OPINIONS OF THE OLD NORTH STATE. 323
gull him into banks, though, strange to say, he thinks Nick Bid-
dle an ill-used man, and still halts with a face looking too much
in the direction of Whiggery. And, with the grateful smell of
his turpentine factories always in his nostrils, though with no
other interest in manufactures, you can not persuade him that a
protective tariff is any such monstrous bugbear, as when it is
painted on the canvass of his southern sister.
" ` Of this southern sister he is rather jealous. She is too mer-
curial to be altogether to his liking. He thinks she runs too
fast. He is of opinion that she is forward in her behavior too
much so for his notions of propriety. A demure personage him-
self, he dislikes her vivacity. Even the grace with which she
couples it, is only an additional danger which he eschews with
warning and frequent exhortation. His error is, perhaps, in as-
suming her in excess in one way, and he only proper in the oppo-
site extreme.
As little prepared is he to approve of the demeanor of his
northern brother. Virginia is none of his favorites. He has
never been satisfied with the high head she carries, from the day
when that malicious Col. Byrd, of Westover, made fun of his
commissioners.* The virtue of our North-Carolinian runs some-
what into austerity. We fear that he has suffered somehow a
cross with the Puritans. His prudence is sometimes a little too
close in its economies. His propriety may be suspected of cold-
ness ; and a very nice analysis may find as much frigidity in his
modesty as purity and sensibility. He is unkind to nobody so
much as to himself. He puts himself too much on short com-
mons.t He does not allow for what is really generous in his
nature, and freezes up, accordingly, long before the Yule Log"
is laid on the hearth at Christmas. His possessions constitute him,
in wealth perhaps, no less than size, one of the first class states
of the confederacy yet he has failed always to put the proper
value on, them. His mountains´┐Żof which we shall give here-
after a series of sketches´┐Żare salubrious in a high degree

* See the Westover Manuscripts, one of the pleasantest of native productions, from a genuine wit and humorist, and a frank and manly Southron.
t The venerable Nathaniel Macon, a very noble and virtuous gentleman, has been heard to say to his friends, " Don't come to see me this season for I've made no corn. I'll have to buy."