Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
provincial government having appointed the election to
be held at Charlestown, the inhabitants, by reason of
their greater numbers, succeeded in excluding Colleton
from all representation, and in returning the whole twenty
members. This enraged the proprietors, who dissolved
the parliament ; but without effecting any present rem-
edy against the injustice of numbers. Governor More-
ton, harrassed by the strifes among the people, resigned
his office. His authority was conferred on West, whose
policy, favoring the traffic in Indians, rendered him a
very popular person among the colonists. Sir Richard
Kyrie, an Irishman, was then entrusted with the govern-
ment, by the proprietaries ; but he died soon after his
arrival in the province. West, thereupon, was again
chosen, but was soon superseded by Colonel Quarry, who
kept the capricious station but a year. He was found,
or suspected, to have afforded some countenance to pira-
cy ; was removed in consequence, and the landgrave
Moreton once more reinstated in the government.
In the offence imputed to Quarry, the community had
its share. Indeed, it was one of the excesses of the
time, a seeming sanction for which was to be found in
particular circumstances.Pirates were licensed by
Great Britain, to cruise against the Spanish fleets in the
American waters ; there being, in the phrase of the day,
no peace beyond the line.' The king of England had
even conferred the'honors of knighthood upon one of the
worst villains of the class. The enormities committed
by the Spaniards in all quarters of the new world, and
upon all people, Christian and savage, seemed, in the
eyes of other nations, to justify a corresponding treatment