Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER IX.
Among other extraordinary privileges, the power had
been granted to Archdale of appointing his successor in
office. He chose Joseph Blake, a nephew of the cele-
brated British admiral, a man of great prudence and popu-
larity. Blake governed the colony wisely and happily.
Shortly after his elevation to office, a new code of funda-
mental constitutions was transmitted to Carolina, from the
proprietors ; but this code commanded far less considera-
tion than the last. It does not seem to have been even
recognized by the provincial assembly. Blake's admin-
istration, which lasted from 1696 to his death, in 1700,
was a season of political calm. Yet it was only in
consequence of a succession of calamities, that the strifes
of party were suspended. The pirates, whom a more
severe application of the laws had driven from their old
haunts in Carolina, now, in 1696, turned their arms
against the settlement, and harassed its commerce.
Several ships belonging to Charlestown, were taken by
them as they left the port ; the crews sent on shore, and
the vessels kept as prizes. During the autumn of the
same year, a dreadful hurricane inundated the town, and
threatened its destruction. The swollen sea was driven
in upon the shores with such impetuosity, that several per-
sons were overtaken by the waves and drowned. Much
property and many lives were swallowed up by the ocean.
This inundation was followed by a fire, which nearly re-