Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
of them had been ten years in the country, and their sympa-
thies, those of the Irish excepted, were all with a monarchy,
and all with Great Britain.
In this brief array of facts and parties, we are prepared to
see, at a glance, how wanting was the community in those ar-
guments—more imposing by far than any influence arising
from community of birth place—which could alone have
brought about a unanimity of the popular action. Such a
unanimity did not exist in any of the colonies. We have
shown why it should be less likely to be found in Carolina
than elsewhere. Her classes were naturally in conflict, and
none of them acknowledged the impelling influences which
moved New England to rebellion. It was in spite of the open
and secret opposition of most of them—in spite of that want
of harmony in council and feeling, so particularly necessary
to the insurrectionary movement of a small community—in
spite of that meaner impulse, the argumentum ad crumenam
which is usually so all-effective when addressed to a mixed
multitude—that the revolutionary party in South-Carolina
engaged in the struggle. We contend that purer patriots
were never found ; that hands cleaner of offence, freer from
the stain of base and selfish motives, never grasped the sword
of war ; never more truly and faithfully earned life, property
and sacred honour, as their pledges, for the prosecution of a
glorious, national purpose. We deny that you have any right
to inquire into their numbers, when compelled to acknowledge
their achievements; when their achievements neutralize the de-
ficiencies in number; and we insist that, as their aims and en-
ergies gave the direction to the politics of the State, and their
courage and integrity fixed it firmly in those politics, they are
the only true representatives of the State—which is not to be
estimated by the position or deeds of those who opposed the
designs of its great men, and fought stubbornly against their