Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
duced the town to ashes. The small pox succeeded this
last disaster, and spread death and desolation through
the colony. Professional ignorance proved no less fatal
than the disease. Scarcely had the colonists begun to
breathe from these evils, when a pestilence broke out
among them, and swept off, among numerous other vic-
tims, nearly all of the public officers, and one half of
the legislature. Few families escaped a share in these
calamities. Despair sat upon every countenance, and
many among the survivors began to think of abandoning
a colony which Providence had seemed to distinguish by
every sort of calamity.
But even these afflictions did not quiet the turbulence
of party. The Carolinians appeared to possess a stub-
born energy of character, which soon prompted a for-
getfulness of sorrow, and the causes of sorrow. The
political strifes of the colony were soon renewed.. The old conflicts between the people ud the proprieLurs, on the
subject of their respective rights, were revived with all
the ancient acrimony ; and the acquisition of Nicholas
Trott, a lawyer and an able man, by the party of the
former, contributed to their audacity, in a degree corres-
ponding to the addition which he had given to their
strength. It is not necessary that we should dwell upon
the thousand little causes of provocation on the one
hand or the other, which helped hourly to widen the
breach between the parties. There was a native inco-
herency in the union of their fortunes´┐Ża mutual dis-
trust, arising from a real or supposed difference of inter-
ests ; and the proprietary lords were soon taught a les-
son, which was afterwards bestowed in like manner