Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.99
Seminoles, of which people they are conjectured, with
sufficient plausibility, to be the ancestors. In this in-
surrection, Carolina gained a vast accession of valuable
territory, but lost no fewer than four hundred inhabitants.
Craven was succeeded in his short but brilliant admin-
istration, by Robert Johnson, a son of Sir Nathaniel John-
son, who had formerly held the same office. He found the
Carolinians suffering from the vast debts accumulated by
their recent wars, the invasion of the province by the In-
dians and Spaniards, and the destruction of their commerce
by the pirates. To relieve them from this last annoyance,
having no vessels of war of their own, application was
made to the king of England, George of Hanover, who
issued a proclamation, offering pardon to all pirates who
should surrender themselves within twelve months. At
the same time a force was ordered to sea for their sup-
pression. As the island of Providence had long been their
harboring place, captain Woods Rogers with a few ships
of war, took possession of it for the crown. All the
pirates on the island, with the exception of one Vane, and
about ninety men who escaped in a sloop, surrendered
themselves under the proclamation of the king. Vane fled
to North Carolina, and distinguished himself soon after
by the capture of two merchant ships of Charlestown.
Two pirate sloops, commanded by Steed Bonnet and
Richard Worley, found refuge in Cape Fear river,
whence they issued on their depredations. Against these,
colonel William Rhett, the same gentleman who had dis-
tinguished himself in the French invasion, was sent in a
single ship. Rhett soon discovered Bonnett, pursued
and captured him. Governor Johnson himself embarked