Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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made to his Excellency Lord William Campbell, will suffice in
your behalf "
He was here interrupted.
"Thanks, sir, for your courtesy," said the young man, coldly,
"but I must not be understood literally when I speak of compen-
sation, as to a mere lawyer, in a case that affects the life and welfare
of a nation."
"Well spoken, my son! You are right, Walter, to discriminate
between your duties to yourself as a lawyer, and to your king as
a loyal subject. It were base now, and in such a case, to speak in
the one for the other character. But you will have your rewards
for loyal service, though you lose the ordinary fee of the lawyer.
Your sovereign's gratitude �a nation's peace your own conscience,
and all the best sentiments of the human heart, among honorable
people will reward the loyal service which shall stand forth to
check rebellion, and to answer and refute the specious arguments
of treason! It is a grand cause �a great occasion, which lies open
before you; and the credit which will follow your successful advo-
cacy of our cause will be a perpetual source of reward, of never-
failing profit! You must have seen the rapid progress of this treason.
It has spread through Carolina, from the seaboard to the mountains.
It is spreading here. It must be checked ! A brave speaker now,
full of the cause, and earnest in his plea, will do wonders with
our people. They are just now at a turning point of opinion, as it
were, when everything will depend upon a fearless and capable
speaker. We look to you. We have few others to whom we can
look. Many old favorites have gone over to the new opinions, and
the common people know not whom to trust, or what to believe.
Now is your time to win a name for yourself in the colonies, and
acquire the lasting favor of your king. Prepare for the argument
with all despatch, and with all your best determination. Saturday
next the traitorous, insidious orator of Carolina, Drayton, will be
here. He has, through his Georgia emissaries and allies, summoned
our people. He will address them. He will endeavor to inoculate
them with his pernicious, infidel doctrines of the rights of man;
as if God had no rights, and appointed men no rights under God.
Grapple him, my son, and, under God, boy as you are, he will be