Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 817a Lorenzo Sabine >> Page 330

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 330 THE SIMMS LETTERS
neutrality of S.C., of which you speak. The whole of it is a miserable misconception. It all depends upon the single authority of [William] Moultrie, who, writing after a lapse of 20 years, from memory, has confounded several parties, & made the greatest mistake. The offer was a sham, meant to gain time & succeeded in its object! Moultrie was not in the Council, knew nothing of its motives; was at that time quarrelling with Rutledge & his Council. The very nature of the object had in view required that it should be kept secret from the townspeople & the soldiers. You err, again, in your estimate of the strength of South Carolina. She sent, in proportion, more troops into the war than any other colony. You do not allow for the fact that nearly one half of her population were natives of G.B. who had not been in the country 10 years. You charge upon S.C. the growth of all the tortes who infested her country, though these were mostly refugees Porn all the States south of New York, who had taken refuge in Florida, & who followed in the wake of the British when they penetrated Geo. & S.C.
But I do not propose to argue the question. I am satisfied that when you resume the subject in a right spirit, and bring to the examination of partial documents & observe facts[?] the proper Historical Philosophy, you will wonder at yourself for so readily adopting the hasty & superficial notions which originally provoked me to the Reviews, of which you have spoken. At all events, my dear sir, I am very sure that you regret the tone & temper, as well as the haste with which you wrote. Let me say at the close that the Descendants of the loyalists are about the worst authorities to which you could refer on the subject of the Revolution. They still feel the mortification of the past, and each is sedulous to make out a case for his own family.
You are kind in your expressions, & I am gratified for the friendly invitation which you gave to visit you at Framingham. I do not know whether this will be in my power, though it will depend upon the question whether my engagements will enable me to spare the time for it when I am at Boston, as I expect to be this winter. I have been variously called upon by societies at the north, to Lecture for them this coming season. My programme is in preparation, in the hands of my publisher, Redfield of New York, and I do not really