Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
that her individual causes of complaint were fewer, and far
less serious, than was the case with most of the colonies, we
apprehend that we urge an additional and stronger claim to
the public admiration of her patriotism and prompt self-sacri-
fice. Let us inquire, with this point in view, in what degree
the impulses which arise from the operation of selfish argu-
ments, were at work to suggest and stimulate, equally, to a
resistance of the power of Great Britain, the two colonies of
Massachusetts and South-Carolina ? In the case of the latter,
the oppressions of the crown, which threatened to annihilate
the mercantile and maritime resources of the former, were
almost totally unfelt. As Mr. Sabine himself writes, in his
preliminary essay, the oppressive legislation of the mother
country fell almost exclusively on the northern colonies.
" They forbade the use of waterfalls, the erecting of machi-
nery, of looms and spindles, and the working of wood and
iron ; they set the King's arrow upon trees that rotted in the
forest ; they shut out markets for boards and fish, and seized
sugar and molasses, and the vessels in which these articles
were carried ; and they defined the limitless ocean as but a
narrow pathway to such of the lands that it embosorns as
wore the British flag."
None of these things disturbed the interests of Carolina.
She did not employ machinery, and was no competitor with
British manufacture ; she sent no ships to sea in rivalry with
British commerce ; she lost no vessels by seizure ; the King's
Arrow, on her forest trees, in the boundlessness of her wild
dominion, abridged no man's plenty ; Great Britain readily
took and consumed her raw productions at prices of which
she had no reason to complain. When her shores were in-
fested by pirates, British men-of-war were furnished to protect
them ; when the Spaniard and the savage assailed coast or
frontier, British armies and fleets were sent to her assistance.
Originally founded by distinguished nobles, Carolina had al-