Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription I16JOSCELYN
to sit till a late hour, read his dispatches, and listen to the verbal
reports made by Alison.
. These were full of interest. Briefly, the highland population were
everywhere in commotion, and, in some precincts, in arms. The an-
cient feuds between the Regulators and Scovilites, of a previous day,
if not generation, were all revived, though under new names. One of
these parties had shown itself as revolutionists, the other as loyalists.
One proclaimed "Lierty," the other the "Crown." The Scotch and
Irish colonies, the Dutch settlements, the French, all separate, and
with little communion between them, were led severally by parties
and chiefs, approximating the feudal baron in character, each gov-
erned by national sympathies, by the love of power; moved by local
jealousies, or by passions and vanities which it is not now necessary
to define. We must refer to the histories of the times for the details,
if these be desirable.
The curse of the colony lay in the absence of homogeneousness.
It was enough for Irish and French merely to hear the cry of
"Liberty" on one hand, and that of loyalty on the other; something
more, as respects the Irish, to know that the Scotch were generally
loyal. With the Dutch settlements, which were numerous, their ig-
norance of the English language was unfavorable to the eloquence of
Drayton, especially while they remembered that George III. was a
Prince of the House of Hanover, and that his good, old-fashioned
German visage was stamped upon every piece of money which they
garnered up. Besides, as a people poor in circumstances, and gen-
erally ignorant, it was a sufficient argument by which to decide thou-
sands adversely to the movement party, that the people of the low
country, with whom it originated, claimed to be a gentry, almost a
nobility, whom it was their peculiar sneer to speak of as gentlemen,
and to describe opprobriously as "nabobs." Most of the people of
these interior settlements were new corners, and had inhabited the
country for a brief period of only eight or ten years.
The mission of Drayton, who had gone among them soon after
leaving Augusta, had been productive of various excitements. He
was accompanied by an eloquent preacher of the Gospel, Mr. Ten-
nent, and by others of German origin, who might be supposed likely
to exercise some influence over people of their own stock. They had
full commissions from the Council of Safety, and could confer corn-