Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840

of the Scots loyalists, and persuade them to make such
movements as would recall Marion to that quarter. The
unfortunate agent, on his return from this duty, was inter-
cepted and executed by Marion. But he had done his
work ; the loyalists were excited, and under major
Gainey, of Pedee, a tory leader of considerable local
celebrity, appeared in arms.
Taking command of Mayhem's cavalry, Marion pro-
ceeded to meet Gainey, who was an old and well known
opponent ; and one, like himself, who had a high repu-
tation for his adroitness as a partisan warrior. Colonel
Mayhem was too sick to accompany his command, and
was left at his own place, attended by a small guard.
Here he was captured by a daring young loyalist, named
Robbins, who had made a circuit and penetrated nearly
sixty miles into the country with this object. Robbins
was one of Cunningham's men, and Mayhem, from the
known hostility of the loyalists to him, expected nothing
but death at his hands. But Robbins, not having his su-
perior with him, exhibited the natural generosity of a
brave man, and parolled the sick captive to his own
The rapid progress of Marion, and his sudden ap-
pearance before Gainey, convinced the latter that his
movement was not likely to be attended by any favorable
results ; and the willingness of Marion to spare the un-
necessary shedding of blood, facilitated a pacification
between the parties, and led to the renewal of a treaty of neutrality, to which Gainey had bound himself the year
before. To this treaty, Marion added a clause, permit-
ting such of the loyalists as wished it, to retire with their