Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XIII.
The revolution thus effected by the popular leaders in
South Carolina, did not receive the unanimous approba-
tion of the people. There were many, even on the sea-
board, who either secretly or openly denounced it; and
large and populous settlements in the interior, supported
their opposition by appearing in arms at an early period,
in behalf of the royal cause. The British government
had been known to the Carolinians chiefly by its benefac-
tions. Its treasures had supplied them; its power had
protected them ; its arms had succored and defended
them from foreign and domestic foes. The pressure of
an abstract principle was not felt by many, in opposition
to the substantial advantages which had accrued to them
from their connection with the "mother country;" by
which endearing term of relationship England had been
so long distinguished in the colony. South Carolina had,
indeed, been a favorite plantation of the crown ; and the
reluctance of thousands in the colony to sever the friend-
ly bands which had linked them together, was not less
honorable to their affections, than it had proved prejudi-
cial to their interests. That the people who were subse-
quently degraded under the general and opprobrious term
of "tories," were, in the greater number of instances, gov-
erned by an honest and loyal, if not a just sense of
duty, cannot well be questioned. That they were be-
hind the time, and slow to recognize those necessities