They usually possessed the best lands and most numerous slaves, occupied the posts of influence and power which were in the gift of their fellow-citizens, and sent some member of their family to the General Assembly of their State, or the Congress at Washington.
They were marked by strong and characteristic physiognomies, close family attachments, determination and industry in their undertakings, and a restless love of adven ture.
Their race is now scattered from Virginia to Oregon.
More than one of them has been led, by his love of roving, to the most secluded recesses of the Rocky Mountains, as explorers and hunters.
All of them were energetic and skilful to acquire wealth, but not all of them were able to retain it. Many of the second and third generations were noted for a passion for litigation — prompted not so much by avarice as by the love of intellectual excitement, and by a temper intolerant of supposed injustice; and almost the whole race were utterly incap