Bacon's Rebellion

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1676]        NARRATIVE OF THE COMMISSIONERS        121

dians) But also that the commission granted him was faire
and legall, seeing he protested not to prosecute or goe against
him for it.

      Now in vaine the Governor attempts raising a force against
Bacon, and although the Industry and endeavors hee used to
effect it was great, yet at this Juncture it was impossible, for
Bacon at this tyme was so much the hopes and Darling of the
people that the Governor’s interest prov’d but weake, and his
Friends so very few that he grew sick of the Essay and with
very Griefe and sadnesse of Spirit for soe bad successe (as is
said) Fainted away on Horseback in the Field,* and hearing
of Bacons being on his march to Gloster, hee was feigne to fly
thence to Accomack, leaving now the Seat of the Government
lyable to the Usurpation of that Rebell who had then also the
Militia of the country in his hands to inforce his owne arbitrary
Impositions on the People, as hee afterwards did at his coming
to Gloster. Where being arrived with his Forces, hee findes
the Governour fled, and (without more adoe) the Field his
owne; soe leading his men to Middle-Plantacion (the very
heart and centre of the country) hee there for some time
Quarters them. Then issues forth Proclamation inviting the
Gentlemen of Virginia to come in and consult with him for
the present Settlement of that his Ma’tyes distracted Colony
to Preserve its future Peace, and advance the effectual Prose-
cuting of the Indian warr. Severall gentlemen appearing on
this Summons of Bacons at Middle-Plantation, mett him at
one Capt. Thorps,1 where (under a great guard) were Severall
persons confin’d. After a long debate, pro and con, a mis-
chievous writing was drawne up and produced by Bacon, unto

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