Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
which grew up in compliance with the hourly changing
condition of their country, is equally undeniable. If
the patriots were too warm, they were too cold. If to
the one party, the shadows of coming events were beheld
at too great a distance, to the other, the substance it-
self appeared little more than a shadow. Unhappily, the
indiscretion of individuals of both parties, increased the
differences between them, and the gulf through which
they had to wade, to sympathy and union in the end, was
one that dyed their garments in blood, the stains of
which, to this day, are scarcely obliterated.
The prompt and decisive measures of the seaboard,
soon placed that section of the colony in a tolerable state
of defence. This done, the popular leaders extended
their precautionary labors to the interior ; but it was not
so easy, in many parts of the country, to persuade the
people that such measures were necessary ; and the
manner of proceeding, on the part of some of the agents
entrusted with these measures, led to a suspicion among
the people of the country, that their adversaries intended
to dragoon them into compliance. This suspicion, art-
fully encouraged by certain emissaries of the royal
cause whom the forethought of lord William Campbell
had sent into the interior, aroused all that fierce spirit of
independence, which repeated strifes and trials had made
no less suspicious than active ; and instead of signing
the document by which the leaders of the lower country
had pledged their lives and fortunes to each other, in a
joint opposition to the royal authorities, they entered into
resolutions to oppose the patriots, to whom they ascribed
motives and designs as dishonorable as they were un-