Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XXVIII >> Page 316

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland,
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia,
to be free, sovereign and independent states ; that he
treated with them as such ; and, for himself, his heirs
and successors, relinquished all claims to the govern-
ment, proprietary and territorial rights of the same."
The termination of the revolutionary war, resulting as
it did in the unrestrained and individual sovereignty
of the several states engaged in it, left South Carolina
free to the adoption of her own plans of government, her
laws and domestic policy. Her people, with that elastic
temper which had distinguished them from the beginning,
soon set themselves to work to repair the disasters occa-
sioned by the long and painful conflict which has been
just recorded, and to remedy those defects in their social
and political condition which it developed. In this
object, it was fortunate for the country that the moderation
with which the republicans regarded and treated the
loyalists, led to the hearty co-operation, in all leading
respects, of these lately hostile parties.The greater
part of the exiled tories were permitted to return, by
legislative enactment, and, under some temporary disabil-
ities and small fines, were restored to citizenship. Though
laboring under an immense debt, the state generously
restored to the late owners, half a million of pounds sterling
of confiscated property in its actual possession.
The history of that common bond of union, by which
South Carolina became one of a community of states,
must be looked for in another volume. To new-model
the constitution of the state in conformity with that of the
United States, a convention of her people was called in