Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XIV.
The result of this ill conducted expedition contributed
greatly to establish the popular government in the affec-
tions of the people. It quieted the fears of the many and
overcame the opposition of the few ; the revolutionists
exulted and the royalists were silenced. The doubtful
grew confident in the success of a cause thus prosperously
begun, while the patriotic appealed to it for the confirma-
tion of every thing which had been predicted. Experi-
ence had now shown that a British fleet might be success-
fully resisted ; and this conviction, alone, was of the most
beneficial importance to the cause of the revolution. It
emboldened the popular spirit, and drew forth, in aid of
the colony, many who had hitherto withheld themselves
because of an exaggerated estimate which they had made,
of the power of Great Britain to quell the rebellion at a
blow. Perhaps it had its disadvantages, also, as it inspir-
ed presumption instead of confidence ; leading the Caroli-
nians into a false security, and making them neglectful of
those precautions which, in a state of war, are the only
just guarantees of complete success.
Among the fruits which this battle produced, was a lib-
eral concession of favor to the loyalists at home, by the
leaders of the revolutionary party. Victory, which in-
spires generosity in all noble foes, prompted the Carolini-
ans to set free the leaders of the opposition, whom they
had taken into custody. There may have been some poi.