Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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11.20 "Scottish type": Cameron was Scots (his nickname was "Scotchie") but Browne was English; see the previous note. Simms apparently based his belief in Browne's Scots nationality on John
Drayton, Memoirs of the American Revolution (1821), I, 366, where
Browne is called "a Scotchman." Simms' statement at 11.22-23 that Browne was an Indian trader is not supported by history.
15.1 "Lord William Campbell": Campbell, a Scotsman, was the last Royal Governor of South Carolina. His active role in the office lasted only from early June until 15 September 17 75 when he fled from Charleston, after finding the Provincial Congress hostile and intractable, and took refuge on the British warship Tamar, which was anchored in the area of Charleston Harbor known as Rebellion Roads. His flight suspended royal authority in South Carolina until the British capture of Charleston in May 1780.

15.32 "Drayton": William Henry Drayton was among the foremost proponents of American independence in the South during the Revolutionary period. His actual visit to Colonel Le Roy Hammond's home, Snow Hill, occurred on 29 August instead of near the first of the month as it is described here. He was on an official journey through the area between the Broad and Savannah rivers attempting to persuade the inhabitants of that region to sign the articles of association (see note 125.15) in support of American independence. He left Charleston on 2 August accompanied by the Reverend William Tennent and several other men, notably Oliver Hart. Drayton's and Tennent's reports of the journey are printed in Drayton, I, 324 ff.

19.13 "stirring up the red men": On the basis of certain passages in the correspondence of Alexander Cameron and John Stuart (see the following note) which came to the attention of the governing body in Charles-ton in May 1775, and on the basis of several letters which were seized at the Charleston Post Office in early July, these two men were suspected of attempting to incite the Indians to attack the Carolina-Georgia frontier. When the alleged plot was discovered by William Henry Drayton and Timothy Dwight, Stuart fled from Charleston to Savannah and finally to Florida while Cameron withdrew into Cherokee territory. Historians in this century have shown that in the early stages of the war, at least, both men resisted British pressure to bring about Indian support of a British invasion, though Cameron actually led the Indians in some of the battles of 1776; for further information, see note 62.8-9.

19.28 "Colonel Stuart": John Stuart, a Scotsman, became Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Southern Department in 1763. He served in that capacity until his death at Pensacola, Florida, in 1779.