Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
from the overweening estimate which, in their depend-
ence, they were willing to put upon British valor and
genius, and the advantages of an intimate British con-
nection. The great stretch of sea which divided them
from the governing power, led, necessarily, to their
gradual alienation from it. They saw few of its pomps;
they shared in few of its favors ; and when the arrogance
of parliament endeavored to make them more familiar
with its powers, by reason of its exactions, they were
then willing to know it only as a foe. From the moment
when the peace of Europe led to the withdrawal of all
pressure from an external enemy, they had been receiv-
ing those impressions, and acquiring that strength, which
prepared them to perceive, and enabled them to resist, all
such laws as they deemed hostile to their interests, or
dangerous to their liberties. The hardships they had en-
dured, made them singularly jealous from the beginning :
many of them had inherited a natural aversion to monar-
chy from their ancestors, the puritans ; and the removal
of the cavaliers from the sources and shows of royalty,
had gradually weaned them from that faith in its saving
virtues, by which they had been so ready of old to swear.
A new race had succeeded to them in Carolina, and puri-
tans and cavaliers had merged their hostility of doctrine
in that unanimity of practice, which alone could give
them success in the seventy years of strife and trial,
through which they had struggled together; so that, long
before the British parliament began to vex them by its
strained authority, they were disposed to deny its suprem-
acy, and cut asunder those cords which bound them to
the mother country´┐Żcords too much attenuated by the