Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.299
neighborhood. These were wealthy and hospitable, and
the gratitude which they felt for their deliverers, delighted
to show itself in the generous forms of convivial enter-
tainment. A gallant passage from Johnson's narrative of
the events of this period, may fitly conclude this chapter.
"In modern ages and nations," he might have said,
in all ages and most nations´┐Ż" the transition from war
to love has ever been direct and uniform. The army
abounded in gallant young officers, and the country in
wealthy, elegant and accomplished women. The laurels
of the former were readily laid down at the feet of the
latter, and received with approving smiles. Those who
had re-conquered the country, were liberally admitted to
a participation in its wealth and treasures ; the feudal
service exacted was a willing submission to that power
which conquers all. Many were the matrimonial con-
nections to which this period gave rise, between the
the officers of the army and the heiresses of Carolina and
Georgia ; and it is needless to add, that they yielded a
valuable acquisition, both to the population and the
society of the country."