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South Carolina.

A correspondent of one of the Northern journals, who assumes to be particularly well informed upon the politics of South Carolina' imparts the interesting information that South Carolina is very sure of British backing, and that the audacious little State would never have ventured so far without some secret understanding with somebody or other on the other side of the water. We don't know how that may be, but are of opinion that there are very few things which South Carolina would not do without the backing of anybody, if what she considered a just cause demanded it. She is a very roundly abused State at the present time, and we don't know any State that can better stand it. The character of her people is so infinitely above that of their detractors that it is like dogs "baying at the moon." That inestimable luminary continues to shine on in spite of all the yelpings and howlings that she arouses among those who love darkness better than light. We dare say South Carolina will survive the New York Tribune, including the "Charleston correspondence" written in the Tribune office, and all their multitudinous sympathizers. We presume it is somewhat with a community as an individual. When a good and generous man is dogged by the malice and spite of envy, meanness and malice, he feels sure that he is right, and, in the energetic language of David Crockett, goes ahead. We observe that the South Crrolina newspapers make no reply to the slanders and abuse of their enemies, but, instead thereof, her troops go on quietly and persistently increasing their fortifications.--Whenever her assailants undertake to exchange words for blows, she will then answer a fool according to his folly.

The South Carolina people, much denounced and misrepresented, are, in truth, among the best people in the world. We have rarely seen a South Carolinian who was not a gentleman. It is a State of gentlemen — a must disgusting fact in this democratic and levelling age — nevertheless, it is true.--Much as we admire South Carolina, her best friends cannot deny the fact. Her enemies say a great deal, in this connection, about aristocracy and oligarchy. Perhaps that, also, is true. But when we find, either in free-soil or any republican communities, or anywhere else on the face of the earth, a dead level of social equality, we will, as Capt. Cuttle suggests, make a note of it, and give the enemies of South Carolina its full benefit. We don't know where, in the United States, there is any want of an inclination to imitate the aristocracies of Europe as closely as such a thing is possible in this new country. Perhaps the fault of South Carolina is, that she has succeeded more completely than any of her rivals, though on that point we don't pretend to decide. One thing is certain: She has acted in the present critical state of affairs with a dignity, intelligence, and firmness, that will make her name bright and imperishable on the pages of American history. The gallant Harry Percy of the South has not unsheathed his sword an hour too soon, and when he crosses his steel with his detestable foe, a million brave hearts will cheer him on, and a million bright swords start from their sheaths to sustain his noble and immortal cause.

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