Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
The Spaniards maintained an evil eye upon the flour-
ishing condition of their ancient enemies, and brooded
with anxiety over the long cherished desire to destroy a
people whom they still continued to regard as intruders.
Their emissaries tampered equally with the Indians and
negro slaves of Carolina ; and, frequently successful
with the former, were at last influential with the latter.
The runaways whom they seduced from their masters,
were formed into a regiment at St. Augustine ; and this
fact, once known to their brethren, was too imposing to
their imaginations to fail of its effect. They rose in
revolt upon the Stono, and having plundered some store-
houses of their arms and ammunition, elected a cap-
tain, and proceeded, with drums and colors, on their
way to the south-west. On their march they massacred
the whites without discrirnination and compelled the
negroes to join their bands. Colonel William Bull, then
governor, returning to Charlestown from the southward,
met them without having been seen, and quietly rode out
of their way. He spread the alarm, which soon reached
the presbyterian church at Wilitown, where a numerous
congregation had assembled. It was, fortunately, the
custom among the planters ´┐Ża custom compelled by law
to carry their arms with them to the place of public
worship. Indeed, for the first seventy years of the
colony, the Carolinians had felt the necessity of bear-
ing arms on all occasions and in all places, whether
their purpose was sport, labor, or devotion. Under the
command of captain Bee, they sallied forth, leaving the
women and children in the church, trembling with appre-
hensions. They came upon the negroes while engaged in