Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
ter. Archdale entered upon his work, therefore, with
a judgment entirely untrammeled. His administration
seems to have been a wise one. It was not distinguish-
ed by any incident of importance ; it was peaceable, and
received, as it merited, at its termination, the thanks of
the colony, for the first time given to any of its gover-
nors. He improved the militia system, opened friendly
communications with the Indians and Spaniards, dis-
couraged the inhumanities of the former so effectually,
as to induce them utterly to renounce the inhuman prac-
tice of plundering shipwrecked vessels, and murdering
their crews ; and combined, with singular felicity, the
firm requisites of the governor, with the gentle and sim-
ple benevolence of the Quaker."Yet," says the histo-
rian Grahame, "how inferior the worldly renown of
Archdale, the instrument of so much good, to the more
cherished fame of his less efficient and far less disinter-
ested contemporary and fellow sectary, William Penn !"
It may be added that, for the first time, during his ad-
ministration a regular administration of the ordinances of
religion was introduced among the English of the colo-
ny. The Huguenots brought with them their holy men ;
and hence, perhaps, the more gentle habits, and the wise
forbearance, which distinguished their conduct towards
their opponents, in the long strifes and bitter enmities
which encountered their claims to an equal participation
of the few pleasant fruits of exile.