Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
and employed all their influence in exposing them to
public derision and contempt. Their contentious disposi-
tions and leveling notions, were denounced as deserving
of the abhorrence of all men of honor´┐Żas having served to
produce in England that race of sly, deceitful, and hypo-
critical wretches, which had been the scourge of the
nation. This war increased the animosity of both parties
daily, and though the governor endeavored to arrest its
progress and subdue its virulence, the pernicious effects
were soon perceptible in the difficulty that arose in framing
laws, distributing justice, and maintaining public tranquil-
ity. His council being composed entirely of cavaliers,
was a check upon his own ability. In spite of his
authority, the puritans were treated with neglect and
injustice ; and the colony, distracted with domestic evils,
not only failed to make that progress in fortune which its
natural advantages promised, but became ill prepared to
protect itself against those enemies which threatened it
from without.
The Stonos, at this unfavorable juncture, appeared
along the settlements, and in detached bodies assailed the
plantations, from which they carried the grain as soon as
it ripened. The savages every where have deemed it
the less laborious policy to rob the civilized, than to
encounter the labor and risk of planting for themselves.
The stock of the Carolinians shared the fate of their
grain crops, and the apprehensions of famine from which
they suffered in the time of Yeamans, were renewed under
the government of West. That gentleman, however, em-
ployed a new branch of policy in revenging and repairing
the sufferings of his people. The planters were armed