Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXVIII.
The day after the restoration of Charlestown to the
American authorities, the British fleet put to sea. If the
joy of the Carolinians was great in once more resuming
possession of their metropolis, the sorrows of the
British on leaving it were comparatively greater. It had
been for more than two years the scene in which they
had played their several parts of power without restraint.
Every passion of the tyrant had they shown in turn ;
haughty scorn, contemptuous hate, reckless lust, and
groping and grinding avarice. They had trampled upon
its sensiblities, shed its best blood in wantonness, and
gleaned it of its treasures. The last lingering hour of their
stay was distinguished by the ravages of a spirit still as
greedy of gain as they had shown at their first coming.
Thousands of slaves, stolen from the plantations, swelled
the flying train of the British officers. For these the
spoilers ultimately found a profitable market in the West
Indies. The share of lieutenant colonel Moncrieff, alone,
is stated to have been no less than eight hundred negroes.
But this last robbery of the invaders sinks into insig-
nificance, when compared with their frequent plunder of the
same species of property during the first year of their
conquest. It has been computed that South Carolina,
alone, lost by these robberies no less than twenty-five
thousand negroes. The losses of Georgia and North
Carolina were proportionately great.
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