Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | 2003
Transcription the high and honorable character of the
historian,) one of those sad and grievous
encounters between the whites and the
savages of the western wilderness, like
which it had been desirable that all their
difficulties and encounters had concluded
But it is not with the moralist to fall only
on the good looks of things. Pleasant
and sad tidings come together, and be
who undertakes to recount the rise and
progress of a nation from nothingness to
glory, should be one, who must not shrink
because forsooth, he did to reckon de-
liberately on the employment he has be-
gun. He must not be surprised to find
his favorite sometimes a fugitive, nor his
hero on occasion, unsuccessful and over-
thrown. It is not for me, then to sup-
press the truth because it does not alto-
gether please my own want ; and there-
fore, since I have undertaken to show the
times of the colony, under the worthy
Governor Sayle, I must even set down
the matter as it is : or, as said by that
good young gentleman Master Carr, in
a delightful burden of verse
'Tho the story be uncouth,
You must tell it all in truth,
Nor abate a single word—
Fitly told, or fitly heard.'
Rory M'Allister the Sergeant, to whom,
we have already introduced the reader,
was a tall, rawboned and athletic Irish-
man, probably five feet ten inches high,
and moderately stout and well made.
His face was full, round and clear ; of an
excellent complexion, rosy and expres-
sive. His eye was of a dark blue, pos-
sessing all the softness so generally sup-
posed to belong to that color, yet pier-
cing, vivid and intelligent as the grey or
black. In manners, he was frank and
simple, bold and independent. He pos-
sessed a sort of talent for low humour,
which recommended him to the circle iii
which he mixed, and which added to the