Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 250THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
release from this duress, only by subscribing a declaration
of allegiance to the British crown. This he did, though
not without expressly excepting to that clause which
required-him with his arms to support the royal govern-
ment. His exception was replied to in language which
might have soothed most minds, though, perhaps, it
should not, strictly speaking, have satisfied any. He
was verbally assured that such services would never be
required at his hands."When the regular forces of his
majesty," were the words of the British officers, need
the aid of the inhabitants for the defence of the province,
it will be high time for them to leave it." But they re-
quired this aid much sooner than they imagined.
The approach of Greene with his continentals ; the
sudden uprising, almost at the same moment, of Marion,
Sumter, Hampton, Davie, Harden, and a hundred other
fearless partisans ; their strange successes; their rapid
movements, whether in assault or retreat ; the partial
defeat of Cornwallis ; his flight to Virginia, and those
crowding necessities which drove his successor, lord
Rawdon, from Camden to the sea board ;�exasperated the
passions of the British as much as they alarmed their
fears. Hayne, having made his peace with the British
government on the only terms which they would admit,
had scarcely returned to his plantation, where he received
the last breath of a dying wife, when he was peremptorily
required to join the British standard. His resolution was
that of the patriot. Forced to draw the sword, he drew
it in behalf of his country. He repaired to the American
camp, recruited his troop, and commenced a career which
was destined to be as short as it was spirited. By a