Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
foot every restraint of equity and the laws ; to have been
as much without moderation as justice ; and to have
ruled the colonists with a rod of iron, far more heavy
than that of Colleton. His whole course was one of
rapine, and his coffers were filled by every species of
plunder and exaction. The fair traders from Rarbadoes
and Bermuda, were seized by his orders, under pretended
charges of piracy, and either incurred a forfeiture of their
goods, or were compelled to purchase their ransom from
prison by enormous fines. Felons bought themselves
free from justice by heavy bribes, and the property of
individuals was seized and confiscated on the most friv-
olous pretences. Fortunately, the career of Sothel was
short. Proprietaries and people alike joined in his ex-
pulsion ; and, pursued by the laws which he had offended,
and the hate which he had provoked, he soon followed
Colleton into banishment.
Philip Ludwell was now sent out by the proprietaries,
to fill the vacated chair of the governor. He was ac-
companied by Sir Nathaniel Johnson, who had been
governor of the leeward islands, and who, having deter-
mined to retire to Carolina, was appointed a cassique of
the province, and a member of council. Ludwell, who
was a man of sense and humanity, commenced his ad-
ministration in a manner that appeared to promise well
for its continuance ; but this promising appearance was
of short duration. There was a continual warfare going
on between the supposed interests of the proprietors and
people ; and the measures of any governor or council,
supposed to be favorably inclined to the one, were sure to
give offence to, and excite the jealous opposition of the