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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription [From an article in the Southern Quarterly Review, on Kennedy's
novel of Horse-Shoe Robinson."
AT the opening of the twelfth chapter of the novel of
"Horse-Shoe Robinson," the author gives us a summary of
events in South-Carolina, prior to the revolution, and during
its progress, the correctness of which we more than question.
It has, of late years, been quite the practice, in certain quar-
ters of the country, to disparage the share which South-Caro-
lina took in the assertion of the independence of the colonies.
Her course, in recent politics, has given such offence to parties
throughout the country, that it has seemed good to many and
agreeable to more, to show that hers was always a wrong-
beaded region ; perverse, unperforming, and, perhaps, deserv-
ing of censure in those very respects in which her sons have
flatter(d th(mselves that their claims to deference and regard
were least questionable. In respect to party, it is quite suffi-
cient to account for, if not to excuse this hostility, that South-
Carolina has, for many years, refused to seek and to share its
spoils. Among rogues, he is, perhaps, always the most sus-
picious character, who rejects his share of the plunder ; since
his forbearance, particularly where his scruples are of a virtu-
ous nature, are justly offensive to those who do not suffer
from like misgivings of the conscience. But there is another
offence of which South-Carolina has been guilty, and for
which it is not possible for her to make atonement. Some-
how, through this very revolution, she has acquired a capital