Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
to be terrified by the threats of one whose persuasions had
failed to pacify them. Their answer of scornful defiance,
accompanied by a couple of shot from the forts, convinced
Johnson of the hopelessness of his cause ; and finding the
people so determined, he drew off his forces and forbore
all farther attempts to recover his lost authority. The.
lords proprietors, at length made aware of the impolicy
of any farther struggles in behalf of a plantation which
they had managed with reference to their own pride and
love of power, rather than to its real wants and the par-
ticular circumstances of its condition ; and perhaps wea-
ried with the continual opposition of a fiery and head-
strong people ; were easily persuaded to dispose of their
pecuniary interests to the crown of England. Their po-
litical rights, under the charter, had been already declared
forfeited. About this time the province was divided into
the colonies of South and North Carolina. With the ap-
pointment of general Francis Nicholson, as governor of
the former colony, begins the royal government of Eng-
land over it.