Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription SOUTH CAROLINA. 445
You are all in possession of free trade and a prosperous progress,
the result of her course, which leaves the condition of the coun-
try unexampled in history for its growth and prosperity. Her
conservatism, not her resolution, prompted her action ; and she
still adheres to her conservative tendencies, while all other states
are rocking with the conflict of revolutionary ideas. She still
preserves her veneration. There are still many classes within
her limits, who maintain the morals of her dawn--who seek to
preserve sacred that capital of ideal in the state which, kept
always in view as a guiding light, renders progress a safe and
natural development, and not an inane and insane coursing in a
circle where we for ever come in conflict with one another.
Here you find, still of force, the manners and customs, the senti-
ments and traditions, that she held to be great and glorious
eighty years ago ; and which have enabled her, though one of
the smallest states in the confederacy, to contribute a large pro-
portion of its greatest warriors, its noblest and wisest sages, its
purest and most venerated men. You can not bully her out of
her propriety, for she has unshaken courage ; you can not buy
her with any bribe, for she has always shown herself scornful
of cupidity. She maintains still the haughty sentiments of a
race of gentlemen who never descended to meanness. She has
a thousand foibles, faults nay, follies�perhaps, but she has
some virtues which power can not crush out of her, or money
buy : and she will be the state, let me tell you, who will save
all that is worth saving in this confederacy, even when the con-
federacy itself perishes."" Why, old Blast," interposed the Texan, you must be
thinking that you're on the stump. You do put your horns
into the bowels of the argument, just as if you knew where you
was a-going all the time. Lord, how Sam Houston would laugh
if you was to tell him of such prophecies as that."
Sam Houston ! Sir, don't speak to me of Sam Houston.
He's beyond the reach of prophecy, which is never addressed
to any but living souls !"
Well, I must say that's a settler for Sam. But he'll take
the change out of you, I reckon, when he comes to be president.
You'll never get a foreign appointment from him, I'm a-think-
ing ; and I reckon Sam's chance for the presidency is about as
good as that of any man going."