Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
It was in the year 1706, that the intolerant policy
of lord Granville received this check ; and from that
period the dissenters were permitted to enjoy, not, in-
deed, the equality which they had been encouraged to
expect, but simple toleration. In the year following, an
act of assembly was passed in South Carolina, for estab-
lishing religious worship according to the forms of the
church of England. The province was divided into ten
parishes, and provision made for building a church in
each, and for the endowment of its minister. Before
this period, neither the proprietors nor the people seem
to have done much, if any thing, worthy of notice, in
behalf either of education or religion among themselves.
On behalf of the Indians, the moral and religious improve-
ment of whom was the pious pretext for the establishment
of the colony at first, nothing was attempted. The only
European instructions that the savages received, were
communicated by a French dancing master, who ac-
quired a large estate by teaching them to dance and play
on the flute.
The minds of the Carolinians were somewhat diverted
from their domestic, by the approach of foreign troubles.
A war, at this time waging between the great European
powers of England, France, and Spain, necessarily in-
volved the fortunes and interests of their separate colo-
nies. A plan was set on foot, by the joint forces of
France and Spain, to invade Charlestown, and the Caro-
linians were summoned to their arms. Governor John-
son was a military man, and the several expeditions of a
warlike character in which the Carolinians had been en-
gaged, had infused into them a very martial spirit. For.