Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XXVIII >> Page 318

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
and progressive, though thousands of her sons have col-
onized the rich fields of Alabama, Mississippi, and the
fertile regions beyond. Nor is the prosperity of South
Carolina marked only by affluence in wealth and increase
of numbers at home. Her sons have always held a
leading rank in the estimation of the Union. Their
counsels have been no less acknowledged for than
distinguished by wisdom. Their character has been
unexceptionable and blameless. Spotless in integrity,
they have not been wanting in that honorable ambition
which seeks the high places of responsibility; and in
stations of the highest trust they have shown themselves
equally adequate to their tasks, and worthy of their honors.
Her jewels, indeed, have been always as brilliant as they
were numerous ; and though one of the smallest states, in
a territorial point of view, in the Union, her moral weight
has ever given her a distinguished attitude in the councils
and performances of the whole country. Her chronicle of
great names is unusually copious. Her Pinckneys, Rut-
ledges and Gadsdens, as educated men, no less than
statesmen and patriots, were always in the first rank ;
and the long list which follows, and which should be
fixed firmly in the memory of her sons, is of itself a
column of glory to her name which shall forever preserve
it, amidst all the vicissitudes of power, and in defiance
of all the devastating effects of time. Moultrie and Ma-
rion, Sumter, Laurens and Pickens, were all remarkable
men ; and, more recently, the names of other renowned
and mighty men furnish a record as glorious, which
fully proves that the example of the past has not been
chronicled in vain.