Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
vincial parliament. To the application of these unfortu-
nate and truly noble exiles, from whom we derive many
of the first families of our state, and some of the first
names of our republic, the proprietaries returned an in-
decisive but a friendly answer. They continued in a
state of the most painful solicitude, and an entire priva-
tion of their rights for several years after, when their
patient and humane behavior prevailed equally over the
political and personal antipathies of the English. Their
former adversaries, won over by their praiseworthy gen-
tleness of demeanour, advocated the pretensions they
had hitherto opposed ; and a law of naturalization was
at length passed in favor of the aliens. But the dispute
that had arisen in the province on this subject, was pro-
ductive of excessive irritation against Ludwell, which
was farther increased by his decisive proceedings against
the pirates. The arrival of a crew of these wretches in
Charlestown, where, relying on ancient privileges, they
still hoped to be secure, afforded him an opportunity to
endeavour, by the infliction of a tardy justice, to relieve
the colony of some of the obloquy which rested upon its
name. He apprehended the marauders, and brought
them to trial for their crimes. The people exclaimed
against this proceeding, and interested themselves so
effectually, that the criminals were not only acquitted,
but the government was even compelled to grant them an
indemnity. It was not till twenty years had elapsed, and
a hecatomb of victims had been offered up to the laws
which they had offended, that Carolina was at length
fairly freed from these wretches, and the stain of their
communion washed from her hands and garments.�