Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
excesses of various kinds, a taste for which had been
engendered by the civil wars in the time of the first
Charles and the Protectorate, they were yet regarded as
men of loyality, honor and fidelity. The puritans, who
remembered them only as deadly enemies in England,
were vexed to see them lifted into places of honor in
Carolina. The odious terms and ungracious epithets of
the old world, were soon revived in the new, among both
parties ; and, but for the prudence of governor West,
who in the business of legislation studiously discouraged
every discussion of religious subjects, the bitter fruits of
such dislikes and differences would have been renewed
in a region, to the government of which the utmost tole-
rance had been decreed by the proprietors, from the
beginning of their enterprize.
The differing manners and habits of the colonists, fur-
nished another cause for the absence of harmony among
them. The puritans were a sober, inflexible, morose peo-
ple ; hostile to amusements, without carefully discrimina-
ting between them�rigid in form�resolute to make no
concessions, and tenacious to the last degree of those lev-
eling opinions, which were held in particular dislike by
the cavaliers. They denounced the vices and debaucheries
of the latter, censured their freedom of deportment, their
ill-timed levities ; and, exasperated by their licentiousness
and unconcealed scorn of themselves, labored with equal
industry and malevolence to keep them out of power, and
abridge their influence and authority.
The cavaliers were not less active in their hostility,
nor less careful to display their dislike. They ridiculed
the puritans with a wit as reckless as it was unsparing,