EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNALS
South Carolina Society of the Cincinnati,
At a Quarterly Meeting, held on Monday, the 14th day
Of October, 1805
Resolved, unanimously, That this Society do highly approve of the Eulogy on the character of the late Major-General Moultrie, voluntarily presented by a member, through the Secretary, and read before them, and that the same be entered on the Journals as a mark of respect due from this Society, to their late venerable President.
The twenty-seventh of September, one thousand eight hundred and five, will long be remebered with interest by every virtuous citizen of South Carolina. On that day, deeply regretted by every individual who had sense to appreciate, and gratitude to acknowledge the pre-eminence of his patriot virtues, died in the seventy-fifth year of his age, the venerable Major-General William Moultrie, who by uniform suffrage, had presided over this Society from its first institution. As a Revolutionary character, his steadiness in principle, his valor in the field, were particularly conspicous. As a soldier, it was his fortune to check with an effect that paralyzed every subsequent exertion, the first efforts of a powerful and inveterate foe, for the subjugation of his country. Bold as Leonidas he defended of force, that had been deemed irresistable, and more fortunate than the Spartan hero, lived in honorable old age under the shades of his laurels, to share with a grateful nation the liberty his successful exertion had so happily contributed to establish. As a patriot, it was equally his glory, disdainfully to rejet the bribes of a nation, who repeatedly foiled by his valor, hoped with better success to corrupt his integrity, and like another Fabric us, to show to the admiring world, how insignificant the power of gold, to shake the principles of a heart, warmed with the genuine glow of heavenborn liberty. In private life, his disposition was frank, liberal, sincere; his manners simple and conciliating. Duplicity and disguise, were odious to a nature fixed on the firmest basis of candor and truth. As a husband, father, master, he was kind, gentle, most indulgent; in short, as has been said of a great staesman and distinguished patriot, he was eerything to his family, but what he gave up to his country.
When in future ages, men shall seek examples of distinguished worth and excellence, fame with delight shall tell the unshaken faith, and gallant deeds of MOULTRIE.
While as brother soldiers we offer this sincere through inadequate tribute of respect to his memory it is with plesure we reflect, that the artillery, cavalry, and several volunteer corps of the city, together with a considerable concourse of the most respectable and patriotic of our citizens, attended his body to the grave, testifing their high respect for his virtues, and unfeigned sorrow, for the event which deprived his country of one of its most distinguished and estimable public characters.
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