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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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skirmish with whig soldiers under Andrew Williamson near Ninety Six
in November 17 75. It was in this encounter that the first blood was
shed in battle in the Revolution in South Carolina.

124.20 "McLean": An extract from a letter by Alexander Cameron
printed in Drayton, Memoirs, I, 366, is addressed to Andrew McLean.
An Andrew McLean was a prominent merchant in the Augusta area, but
no association with Stuart or Cameron has been discovered. In an 1846
article, Simms lists Andrew McLean among the Scots leaders of loyalist
forces in the back country; see "The Civil Warfare in the Carolinas and
Georgia During the Revolution," Southern Literary Messenger, 12
(June 1846), 328.

125.15 "articles of association": These articles were formulated by the
Provincial Congress in June 1775. They called for the signatures of all
supporters of American independence; anyone who did not sign was to
be considered an enemy.

129.8-9"ordered this performance, in Charleston": Drayton's
Memoirs, I, 273-274, 300-302, gives information about the first tar and
feathering ordered by the Secret Committee of the Council of Safety.
The order was signed by W. H. Drayton in a disguised hand.

135.14 "arrival of the British army": South Carolina was attacked by
the British for the first time in June 1776, when Sir Peter Parker's
fleet was defeated at Sullivan's Island by a small garrison of whig sol-
diers commanded by Colonel William Moultrie.

136.28-29 "the Ridge": An area about halfway between Augusta and
the present site of Columbia; Drayton's Memoirs, I, 379, reports that
W. H. Drayton spoke among the people at Augusta, Snow Hill and the
Ridge. The Long Cane Settlement, where the Rev. William Tennent
visited on this expedition, was on Long Canes Creek north of Augusta
near Fort Charlotte in South Carolina.

141.8 "black dog": Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, V, i.

145.11 "maiden meditations were all fancy free": Shakespeare, A
Midsummer-Night's Dream, II, i.

176.21 "He is infirm of purpose": Shakespeare, Macbeth, II, ii.

177.34 "This is no fiction": No information on this incident has been
found.
179.4 "Sheridan": See Thomas Moore, Memoirs of the Life of the
Right Honorable Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 5th edition (1826),
I, 348.