Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XXIII >> Page 248

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Instead of seeking, by measures of judicious indul-
gence, to beguile the Carolinians from those principles
which had produced their disaffection to the royal author-
ity´┐Ża course which might have had the desired effect,
when we regard the closer sympathies which had dis-
tinguished the Americans of the southern colonies, and
particularly South Carolina, with the mother country, and
the absence of any of those rival interests which lay at
the foundation of the quarrel between England and the
northern colonies the unwise representatives of British
dominion in Carolina, clothed in a little brief authority, to
which their conduct proves them to have been unaccus-
tomed, exasperated the people by their insolence, and
provoked them to desperation by their unnecessary an-
noyances and injuries. Considering the whole state as
subdued, and freed from the wholesome fear of retribution,
which might have induced them to pause in their progress
of injustice, they, soon after the reduction of Charlestown,
began to act toward the inhabitants, as rebels out of the
pale of all indulgence, and only to be brought back to their
duty by the scourge and sabre. Nor did they content
themselves with administering to the supposed offenders
the penalties of treason with their own hands. The
bloody conflicts between the whigs and tories, which had
begun in 1775, were renewed ; and, under British sanc-
tion and encouragement, the monstrous cruelties and
crimes which distinguished that fratricidal warfare from
1775 to 1780, had become faint impressions to those
which followed that period. No language can do justice
to, and visit. with proper execration, the doings of that dis-
mal civil war, which desolated the fair fields of Carolina,