Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
itself in violence and bloodshed, but for the prudence
and firmness of Sir John Yeamans, the governor.
O'Sullivan was arrested on charges of sedition, and the
people were quieted, while vessels were despatched for
supplies to Barbadoes and Virginia. A timely arrival
from England, bringing provisions and a number of new
settlers, revived the spirits of the people, and cheered
them to renewed efforts. Yeamans, sensible of their
hardships, readily forgave their commotions ; but Cul-
pepper, the surveyor-general, who had stimulated their
excesses �a man afterwards prominent in an insurrection
in North Carolina�was sent to England to be tried for
treasonable conspiracies against the settlement.
While these events were in progress, a new enemy
started up to add to the many dangers and annoyances of
the Carolinians. The Spaniards at St. Augustine had long
regarded the settlement of the English at Ashley river,
as an encroachment upon the dominions of their monarch.
Perhaps they remembered the ancient conflicts between
Ribault, Laudonniere, and Melendez, for supremacy in
the same neighborhood ; and, as if the massacres which
they had caused and suffered, had confirmed the right to
the soil which they founded upon the discoveries of De
Leon and De Soto, they watched the colony of the English
with a keen disquiet, proportioned to their hostility.
Having obtained a knowledge of the miserable condition
of the Carolinians, and the disaffection which prevailed
among them, they advanced with a well armed party to
dislodge and destroy the settlers. They reached Saint
Helena, where they were joined by one Brian Fitzpatrick,
a worthless traitor, who had deserted the colony in the