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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
prevailed in infinitely less degree at the North. A wild for-
est frontier, swarming with savages, whom the British had
subsidized, and against whom it tasked all the rangers of the
country to maintain their ground. A letter of Gov. Nash,
dated Newbern, 19th May, shows him still in ignorance of
the fall of Charleston, an event that took place just seven
days before. On the 22d he is better instructed, and he ex-
presses his surprise that some plan of communication had
not been adopted, for the transmission of intelligence, " at a
time like this, when the fate of countries is at stake ;" as if
it was not quite as much his concern—he being the governor
of a State immediately interested—as that of anybody else.
But what's everybody's business is the business of none.
None does it, at all events. There are other letters in the
collection before us, which relate to the progress of the Bri-
tish arms, and the various endeavours made by the contigu-
ous (Southern) States, to oppose and embarrass their advance,
But their introduction will carry us over a surface quite too
extensive for the pages of a review, and can serve only in
illustration of the several epochs and stages of the revolu-
tionary war in Carolina. We conclude our extracts, there-
fore, with a paragraph from a letter of Col. John Laurens to
his father, dated May 25th, 1780, which seems an appropri-
ate finish to our quotations, and furnishes the only passage,
from the voluminous papers before us, which affords any degree
of sanction to the wholesale charges made by Mr. Lorenzo
Sabine against the patriotism of the Charlestonians. It is
contained in a sentence which we italicise, and upon which
we shall comment hereafter.
" Disappointed in my expectations of accompanying Col.
Ternant, 1 have barely a moment to inform you that I am as
well as the humiliating circumstances of captivity will suffer
me to be. That gentleman will give you a minute relation