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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
regard her children as the saints, to whom the possession of
the earth has been finally decreed, that it is, perhaps, not a
thing to be wondered at, if the inheritors of so goodly a faith
and fortune, should naturally assume that they are the pro-
prietors of all the good deeds that are done within its bounds.
They have all the talents, all the virtues, and perform all the
achievements. Even Mr. Webster tells us, that Bunker Hill
was the Revolution ; the rest was "mere leather and prunel-
la ;" and nobody in the land of " steady habits" will gainsay
authority so profound. Reading their own historians only,
they are amiable enough to believe all their assurances; and
historians thus honoured with their exclusive confidence, show
themselves quite worthy of this trust when writing ; as if
they never once forgot that they were in possession of the
ear of the entire parish. Fortunate historians in the posses-
sion of such a parish ! Fortunate parish in the possession
of such historians ! Mutually fortunate parish and historians
in the possession of one another ! There is but one thing
wanting, evidently, to the happiness of the parties : could
they only provoke such a faith in the surrounding world, as
they so graciously give to one another, the surn of their enjoy-
ment would be complete. The great difficulty consists in drug-
ging truth, so,that she may slumber forever !
When Mr. Sabine approaches South-Carolina, he opens his
batteries with sufficient frankness and audacity. He says :
The public men, of South-Carolina, of the present gene-ration, claim that her patriotic devotion in the revolution, was
inferior to none, and was superior to most of the states of the
confederacy. As I examine the evidence, it was not so. The
population, composed as it was, of emigrants from Switzer-
land, Germany, France, Ireland, and the northern colonies of
America, and their descendants, was, of course, deficient in
the necessary degree of homogeneity, or sameness of nature,
to insure any considerable unanimity of political sentiment.
It is true, however, that, individual men took an early, a no-