Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XI.
The change from the proprietary to royal authority,
resulted in conferring upon South Carolina increased se-
curity and freedom. The form of her government was
no longer a speculative plan devised by theoretical writers,
but a constitution which had been tested and confirmed
by successive ages of experience.
The first object of the royal concern, after the purchase
of the colony, was to establish foreign and domestic peace,
on the most permanent foundation. Laws were passed,
relieving the inhabitants from many of the evils of which
they complained, and the treaties of alliance with the
Cherokees and other Indian nations were renewed. An
embassy, at the head of which was Sir Alexander Cum-
ming, explored the Cherokee country in 1730, three hun
dred miles from Charlestown, where he met the principal
warriors, and even assisted at the creation of some of
their chiefs. Six of these wild inhabitants of the forest
returned with him to Charlestown, and accompanied him
thence to England, where the king told them, that he
took it kindly that the great nation of Cherokee had sent
them so far to brighten the chain of friendship between
his and theirs. That chain," he said, is now like the
sun, which shines as well in Britain as upon the great
mountains where they live. It equally warms the hearts
of Indians and of Englishmen ; and as there is no black-
ness on the sun, so neither is there any rust upon the