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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription 16 SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION.
ways been a favourite, first of the lords proprietors, and after-
wards of the crown, of which she became the protege ; and
none of those selfish rivalries of trade, which, from an early
period, embittered the intercourse between New and Old Eng-
land, ever arose to disturb the pleasant relations which existed
between this pet province and the mother country. The
Revolution found the sons of nearly all of her leading men
pursuing their studies within the walls of British colleges.
Yet those sons hurried home, at the first outbreak, to draw
the sword against this protecting mother following the ex-
ample, in most instances, of their fathers, in Carolina. Cer-
tainly, there were none of those pecuniary considerations,
prompting the revolution in Carolina, which prevailed to unite
the people of New England in a cause which struck directly
at their common interests. The wrong done to the South
was of a different complexion. It consisted, simply, in the
denial to the native mind, of its proper position. Great Bri-
tain, persisting in the habit of ruling the colony from abroad,
outraged the claims of that native intellect, which was now
equal to the necessities of the home government. This was,
perhaps, the very worst of the wrongs which the mother coun-
try offered to Carolina. It was a wrong done to its pride and
its ambition, rather than its purse ; and was the true and al-
most the only cause of that sympathy, on the part of the
superior classes in Carolina, which made the colony prompt,
among the first, to second the movements of, and resent the
indignities offered to, New England. No wonder that pubic
opinion should lack unanimity in the South, when its discon-
tents should have been confined entirely to the intellectual
and ambitious portion of its population. With this spirit, the
more slavish nature could have no sympathy. The more nar-
rowly selfish, to whom the love of gain was the impelling
motive, were naturally hostile to a revolution which threat