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Carolina was now in conflict with the moun-

chap. XV.} 1760.
taineers. Yet, at the meeting of the legislature in February, 1760, the delegates, still more alarmed at the unwarrantable interference of Lyttleton with the usages of colonial liberty, first of all vindicated ‘their birthrights as British subjects,’ and resisted ‘the violation of undoubted privileges.’ But no governor was more esteemed by the Lords of Trade; they never could find words strong enough to express their approbation of his whole conduct. His zeal for the prerogative, and his powerful connections in England gained him advancement; and he was not only transferred from South Carolina to the more lucrative government of Jamaica, but directed to return home to receive his instructions, a direction which implied a wish on the part of the Board of Trade to consult him on questions of colonial administration.1

In April, General Amherst, whose thoughts were all intent upon Canada, detached from the central army that had conquered Ohio six hundred Highlanders and six hundred Royal Americans under Colonel Montgomery, afterwards Lord Eglinton, and Major Grant, to strike a sudden blow at the Cherokees and return. At Ninety-Six, near the end of May, they joined seven hundred Carolina rangers, among whom Moultrie, and, as some think, Marion, served as officers.

On the first day of June, the little army, after a march of eighteen miles from Beaver Dams, crossed Twelve-mile River; and leaving their tents standing

1 See Lord Lyttelton to his brother, Gov. Lyttleton, 30 January, 1758, in Phillimore, II. 601; and same to same, 4 Dec. 1759. Ibid. 622.

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