Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
bounty upon which they had been too willing to depend.
This unmanly disposition received its first and becoming
rebuke from the proprietors, in a letter which announced
to them their resolution to bestow no more "stock and
charges upon the idle."We will not," were the words
of this epistle, "continue to feed and clothe you without
expectation or demand of any return."
Thus forced upon their own resources, the Carolinians
received that first lesson of independence which, perhaps,
has done much towards giving them that high rank among
their countrymen of the sister states, which cannot be
denied them. A sense of mortified pride co-operated
with their necessities to make them address themselves
with earnestness to their labors. They proceeded to fell
the forests and clear their fields, with a hearty resolution,
which, while it amply atoned for past remissness, as
sufficiently guaranteed the realization of every future
New settlers, in all countries, are subjected to many
hardships ; but those of Carolina seem to have equalled,
if they did not surpass, every thing of the kind to which
men in any age have ever been subjected. To subdue
the forest to the necessities of civilized man ; to build
habitations, and clear the ground for raising provisions,
while it is always the first, would seem also to be the
sufficient employment of the emigrant. In a low, flat coun-
try, and under a climate so sultry as that of Carolina,
the burden of such labors must have been greatly in-
creased. The Europeans soon sank under the fatigues
of laboring in the open air ; and those diseases which are
peculiar to level countries, overflowed with water, and
subject to the action of a constant burning sun, soon made