Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter VII >> Page 61

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER VII.

The settlers of Carolina, thus accumulated from so
many, and sometimes hostile European nations, entered
upon their new enterprise with industry and spirit.
They seem to have been of a singularly elastic and
cheerful temper of mind. They could never else have
withstood and triumphed over the oppressive influences
of the climate, and the constant strifes of near and numer-
ous savages. Though comparatively strong in numbers,
by the frequent accession of emigrants already shewn,
they were yet feeble in many of those elements of
national strength, in which the best securities of a people
are to be found. A common necessity had brought them
together ; but when the pressure of external dangers
was withdrawn, it was not found so easy for them to
harmonize. They were apt to fall apart, revive old dis-
likes�the result of their several European prejudices
�and, if they did not join in actual hostility, to pursue
differing objects and interests, which had all the effect of
open strife upon the welfare of a small colony.
Many of them were dependents upon the bounty of
others ; most of them were poor ; and all of them were
so placed an isolated' community in a savage land as
to need, for a time at least, the continual and fostering
providence of foreign patronage. This necessity, of itself,
led to new weaknesses and much humiliation, from which
they were only relieved by the withdrawal of the reluctant