Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XXVIII >> Page 319

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
One lesson, in chief, may be gleaned, among many
others, from this imperfect story of the past. It is that
which teaches the citizen to cling to the soil of his birth in
the day of its difficulty, with the resolution of the son who
stands above the grave of a mother and protects it from
violation. This will be a safe rule for the citizen, what-
ever may be the cause of war or the character of the
invader. Opinion hourly fluctuates and changes ; public
policy is, of all things, the most uncertain and capricious;
and the pretexts of ambition suggest a thousand subtle
combinations of thought and doctrine, upon which the
human mind would depend with doubt and difficulty.
But the resolves of a decided majority, in all questions of
public expediency or policy, assumed as the voice of the
soil, would be the course equally of patriotism and safety.
This rule, preserved in memory and maintained as a
principle, would unite a people and make them invincible.
The thunders and the threatenings of the foe would die
away, unharming, in the distance. Unanimity among our
citizens will always give them unconquerable strength,
and invasion will never again set hostile foot on the shores
of our country.