The Life of Gen. Francis Marion

The Life of Gen. Francis Marion

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Excerpt from The Life of Gen. Francis Marion: A Celebrated Partizan Officer, in the Revolutionary War, Against the British and Tories, in South Carolina and Georgia

If it were written in letters of gold we would not read i t. What have honest republicans like us to do with such an ambitious cut-throat and robber 9 Be sir, your reasoning about scholarship, and fine stile, and all that, does notlbegging your pardon, apply at all to the case in hand. Small §ubjects, indeed, require great Writers to set them off: but great subjects require no such artificial helps: like true beauties, they shine most in the simplest 'dress. Marion is one of this sort: great in his simplicity.' Then give us Marion - plain, brave, honest Marion; that's all we want, sir. 'and you can do this better than any other man. You have known him longest; have fought closest by his side; and can best tell us of his noble deeds. And s11m now, after all, you can't bear to let him die, and all his great ac tions, and be forgotten for ever. This, leenfess, went to the quick completely. Wi2 at! Marion forgotten? I ex. Claimed, Marionforgotten! And by me! No na ver! Never! While memory looks back on the dread ful days of the revolution - when a British despot, not the nation; (for them I esteem most generous) but a proud, stupid, obstinate despot, trampling the holy charter and constitution of England's realm, issued against us, (sons of Britons) that most unrighteous edict - taxatio without representa tion! And then, because in t e spirit of our gallant. Fathers, we bravely opposed him, he broke up the very fountains of his malice, and 'let loose Upon us every indescribable, unimaginable curse of civil war - when British armies with their Hessian, and Indian, and tory allies overrun my af?icted country swallowing up its fruits and filling every part with consternation - when nothing was to be \seen but ?ying crowds - and burning houses and young mensued th to our.

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