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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
progress. We insist that it is quite unnecessary, in claiming for
her a position. as eminent in patriotism as any other of the
States, to show a perfect unanimity among her people, and
the entire diffusion through her masses, of the whig leaven.
It is enough to show that the native population, sustained
usually by the Irish and French settlers, and opposed chiefly
by the Swiss, German, Quaker, English and Scotch, did as-
sert, for her, the highest position from the beginning ; did ob-
tain an ascendancy from the beginning ; were among the first
at the beginning, and persevered in it to the end ; through
privations and perils to which but few other States were sub
jetted ; contending against odds the most unequal ; fighting,
equally, an enemy within and without—fighting for her sister
States until exhausted—almost deserted by her sister States ;
and, finally, with moderate help from their arms, coming out
of the conflict triumphantly, though bleeding at every pore.
This is, in fact, the whole history, in the briefest summary.
The chronicles will prove it true in every syllable. The claims
of Carolina to the distinction which her public men assert,
may be slurred over by ingenious misrepresentation, but she
cannot be defrauded of them. They are to be estimated rela-
tively with the difficulties with which she had to contend, the
deficiencies of her numbers, the purity of her purposes, the
rancor of her enemies, the _spirit and wisdom of the favourite
sons who swayed her councils and fought her battles, and the
severity and frequency of her fields of fight. Her claims are
necessarily based upon the achievements of those who strove
for her independence, and rot upon the hostility of those who
strove against it. It must not be permitted that the former
should be disparaged by looking to the numbers of the latter.
We cannot allow that her fame is to be smutched, because
there were many within her territories with whom her cham-
pions were hourly doing battle. We regard it, indeed, as the