Bacon's Rebellion

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the English, who riding downe in great disorder and hast to
the Point (being about half a miles distance off) the Indians
broke to the very edge of the swamp, which prov’d so mirey
that Bacon and his men were presently at a ne plus ultra, so
that the mighty deale that was done at this tyme was onely
the taking of a little Indian child, and the killing an Indian

      It chanced that the Queene of Pamunkey with severall of her
Principall Indians and others was not far off when this onset
happen’d and had notice of Bacon’s approach on her Track of
which her owne scouts had made discovery to her, who leav-
ing behind her all her goods and Indian corne vessels etc., and
as much as shee could to decline all occasion of offending the
English whom she ever so much loved and reverenced, pri-
vately obscured from them, charging her own Indians that if
they found the English coming upon them that they should
neither fire a gun nor draw an arrow upon them.

      It soe happened in the Stieffling Pursuit that they light on
an old Indian woman that was the Queen’s nurse, whom they
took Prisoner and hoped Shee would be their Guide to find out
those Indians that fled. But instead of directing them that
way she led them quite contrary, Soe that following her the
remainder of that and almost another day, perceiving them-
selves mislead by her and little likelihood of meeting with
them, Bacon gave command to his Soldiers to knock her in
the head, which they did, and they left her dead on the way.

      They marching after this at random (yet hoping and aim-
ing still to find them out) at last met with an Indian Path
against which led them to a main Swamp, where several na-
tions of Indians lay encamped, and striking through Straight
of one of them fell in upon them, where the first that was taken
was a young woman belonging to the Nanjaticoe Indians, half
starved, and so not able to escape. The main of them fled
and upon search made after them they discovered and killed
two or three Indian men and as many women.

      The tyme of the meeting of the new assembly (called
Bacon’s assembly) now drawing nigh, he thought it expedient
to give the Starved and languishing expectations of the Peo-
ple a little relief and send some on purpose to give them an
account of their Proceedings and the hopes that they had of

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