Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
were but too apt to consider incapable of a correct judg-
ment in military operations. He had also claimed the
chief credit of having conquered the Cherokees. This
claim was resisted by Middleton with energy and spirit.
A controversy ensued: Middleton challenged Grant to
the field of personal combat, and a meeting took place,
which happily terminated without bloodshed. But the
controversy aroused a feeling in the Carolinians, who
generally sided with their champion ; and the bitter ani-
mosities which this affair enkindled in their bosoms, it is
not improbable, contributed to awaken the provincials to
a more keen conviction of the haughty, domineering
spirit of the mother country ´┐Ża spirit which spared no
opportunity of displaying itself, and which was no less
insolent in its deportment, than unjust in most of its
From this period we may date the true beginning, not
only of the prosperity, but the independence of Carolina.
The Indians were subdued upon her frontiers, and the
' peace of Paris' had relieved her from the secret machi-
nations and the open hostility of France. Security from
all foreign enemies, left her free to the consideration of
the true relation in which she stood with Great Britain -
a question which forced itself upon all the American
colonies at the same period of time ; and opened that
spirit of inquiry and examination, which, passing from
fact to fact, and from principle to principle, with amazing
rapidity, arrived at length at those convictions of political
truth, which have placed the united country at the very
summit of political freedom. Never did any colony
flourish in a more surprising degree than South Carolina,