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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
within the State, were sufficient to give them security. To
these, South-Carolina had not the physical strength to offer
opposition ; but the moment that these bands became scatter-
ed—the moment that one-half of the British regular troops
had been withdrawn—we find the native partizans every
where in activity, and such partisans as they could array in
no other region. But we will not dwell on a history which the
people of the country have by heart, and cherish in their heart
of hearts. South-Carolina, cannot be deprived of her battle-
fields, and the great domestic names which have helped to
hallow them. Our author, in the rest of his summary, shows
how glad he is to honour them, and to this portion of his
summary, though still marked by erroneous premises and as-
sumptions, we care not to object. We shall have occasion, in
other pages, to discuss several of his suggested topics, and
show how grievously they have been misunderstood and
misrepresented. For the present, we must pause. The reader
will understand us, as joining issue with our author in a friend-
ly spirit, and with no purpose to impute to him a single injus-
tice, or wilful or unkind assumption. He is one of our fa-
vourites, whom we hold in great respect as an author, and in
great regard as a man. His book, we cordially commend, as
truthful in its spirit, and lively and attractive in its interest.
Our dissent from some of its details must not be construed
into any disposition to decry its genuine claims, or to detract,
in any wise, from its real merits.