Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 136THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
the colonies that formed an independent constitution. Its
basis was the fundamental democratic principle, that the
will of the people is the source of law, honor, and office.
The same reasons which had arrayed a large portion
of the Carolinians in opposition to their countrymen, pro-
voked the especial indignation of the British government.
The conduct of Carolina was regarded as particularly un-
gracious. She was selected, therefore, as peculiarly de-
serving of chastisement. Her sympathy with the wrongs
of Massachusetts, rather than any injuries done to her-
self, had been the true cause of her taking part in the con-
flict. She had few, if any, of those occasions for quar-
rel, which brought the people of the north into collision
with those of Europe. She had no manufactories to
maintain in opposition to those of England´┐Żshe had no
shipping or seamen which could enter into competition
with that marine by means of which Great Britain in-
dulged a fond ambition to rule the waves. She provided
the raw material which the other manufactured, and she
received the manufactured goods in exchange for her
productions. The intercourse was simple enough be-
tween them, and the occasions for conflict were few and
unimportant. The overweening arrogance of British offi-
cers and agents, by offending the self-esteem of her sons--
a proud and ambitious race may be enumerated among
these occasions ; and the jealousies engendered between
the troops of the province and those of the mother coun-
try, which led to the affair between colonels Grant and
IVliddleton, recorded in a previous chapter, were, without
doubt, as keenly felt and remembered as they were warm-
ly indulged at the time of their provocation. These, no