Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XII >> Page 119

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 119

History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.119
tional spirit was for a while subdued, and they beheld,
with the supineness of despair, the flames of their towns,
and the desolation of their settlements. They humbly
sued for peace, through the medium of the old and friendly
chief, Attakullakulla. " I am come," said the venerable
chief, to see what can be done for my people, who
are in great distress. As to what has taken place, I be-
lieve it has been ordered by the great Master above.
He is father of the whites and Indians : as we all live
in one land, let us all live as one people." His prayer
was granted; peace was ratified between the parties, and
the end of this bloody war, which was supposed to have
originated in the machinations of French emissaries, was
among the last humbling blows given to the expiring
power of France in North America.
This campaign, which was so creditable to the valor of
all concerned in it, was followed by an unhappy differ-
ence between the commanders of the regular and pro-
vincial forces. Colonel Grant was a Scotch officer of
high spirit. He possessed much of that haughty feeling
of superiority which was so apt to distinguish the conduct
of soldiers of the mother country in their treatment of the
provincials ; a signal example of which exhibited itself
but a short period before, in a neighboring colony, in the
deportment of the depraved and arrogant Braddock to
the brave and virtuous Washington. In its indulgence,
he gave offence to colonel Middleton, his associate in
command, a gentleman no less tenacious of the honor of
the province than of his own position. During the expe-
dition, Grant had displayed an offensive indifference to
the counsels of the provincial officers, whom the British