Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
other party. Ludwell had been instructed by the propri-
etaries to admit the French Huguenots, settled in Cra-
ven county, to the same political privileges with the Eng-
lish colonists. Unhappily, these elder colonists were
far from regarding their new associates with good will
or friendly feeling. The number of the strangers, and
the wealth which was possessed by some among them,
excited their personal jealousies, and these soon awa-
kened all the ancient antipathies of the nation. When
Ludwell proposed to admit the refugees to a participa-
tion in the privileges of the other planters, the English
refused to acquiesce. They insisted that it was contrary
to the laws of England; that no power but that of the
British parliament could dispense with the legal disabil-
ity of aliens to purchase lands within the empire, incor-
porate them into the British community, or make them
partakers of the rights of native-born Englishmen.
They even maintained that the marriages of the refugees,
performed by their own clergymen, were unlawful, as
not being celebrated by men who had obtained Episcopal
ordination. For themselves, they declared a determina-
tion not to sit in the same assembly with the hereditary
rivals of -their nation ; or of receiving laws from those
who were the pupils of a system of slavery and arbitra-
ry government. The unfortunate refugees, alarmed at
these resolutions, turned to the proprietaries to confirm
their assurances.
Ludwell was compelled to suspend the contemplated
measure until he could hear from Europe ; and in the
meantime, Craven county, in which the French refugees
lived, was not allowed a single representative in the pro-