Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
and the pride and pleasure of the brave, to protect, they,
and their tender offspring, were victims to the inveterate
malice of an unrelenting foe. Neither the tears of
mothers, nor the cries of infants, could excite in their
hearts pity or compassion. Not only the fearful habita-
tions of the widow, the aged and the infirm, but the holy
temples of the Most High, were consumed in flames
kindled by their sacrilegious hands. They have tarnished
the glory of the British arms, disgraced the profession of
the British soldier, and fixed indelible stigmas of rapine,
cruelty, perfidy and profaneness on the British name !
"But I can now congratulate you, and I do so most
cordially, on the pleasing change of affairs, which, under
the blessing of God, the wisdom, prudence, address and
bravery of the great and gallant general Greene, and the
intrepidity of the officers and men under his command,
has been happily effected. His successes have been
more rapid and complete than the most sanguine could
have expected. The enemy, compelled to surrender or
evacuate every post which they held in the country,
frequently defeated and driven from place to place, are
obliged to seek refuge under the walls of Charlestown,
and on islands in its vicinity. We have now the full and
absolute possession of every other part of the state, and
the legislative, executive and judicial powers are in the
free exercise of their respective authorities."
The governor proceeded to recommend the embod-
iment of a regular force of state troops, and a re-organi-
zation of the militia. Another important matter which he
suggested for their consideration, was the conduct of
such of our citizens as voluntarily avowing their alle-