Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XXVI >> Page 287

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
giance, and even glorying in their professions of loyalty
and attachment to his Britannic majesty, have offered
their congratulations on the successes of his arms--
prayed to be embodied as royal militia, accepted commis-
sions in his service, and endeavored to subvert our con-
stitution and establish his power in its stead ; of those
who have returned to the state in defiance of a law by
which such return was declared to be a capital offence,
and have abetted the British interest ; and of such whose
behavior has been so reprehensible that justice and
policy forbid their free re-admission to the rights and
privileges of citizens.""The extraordinary lenity of this state," continues thin
address, " has been remarkably conspicuous. Other
states have thought it just and expedient to appropriate
the property of British subjects to the public use ; but we
have forborne to take even the profits of the estates of
our most implacable enemies."
Governor Rutledge concluded with recommending
immediate attention to the currency, which had become
worthless as a tender, and proposed to repeal the law by
which it withdrew the legal sanction to its circulation.
The legislature proceeded to business in a spirit
corresponding with that which the governor's speech had
shown. Laws were passed for confiscating the property
of certain persons, and banishing them from the state ;
for amercing the estates of others of whose personal
services the country had been deprived. The preamble
to the act of confiscation, relating the reasons which
justified the measure, declared it to be a measure of retal-
iation for like confiscations made by the British author