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128        NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS        [1676

which the little Boy found in the woods and brought her when
she was ready to dye for want of Foode, and of a great while
had not Provisions for her support but noe necessity could
incline her to adhere to Bacon’s overtures. While Bacon con-
tinued out upon this Indian Enterprize the Governour had the
good fortune to retake Larrimore’s Shipp from the Rebells
with which they designed to seize the Governor and carry him
home Prisoner to England; the manner of this reprisal was
thus:

      Carver with a party of men being gone on shore to treat
with the Governor at Accomack, before w’ch Larrimore’s ship
lay, (the comand whereof Carver had usurped) and leaving
onely Bland on board with a number of men to w’ch the sea-
men of the shipp were not inferior, Larrimore Sends a Letter
to the Governour, to acquaint him how things stood on Board,
and that if hee could send him off a party of Gentlemen in
Boates hee would enter them all at the Gun room Ports, there
having already secur’d the Enemyes armes, hee doubted not
but to surprize the men and retake the shipp.

      The Governor privately ordered off a party of his owne
under the command of Col. Philip Ludwell1 while he capitu-
lated with Carver in dilatory manner to give his owne party
tyme to get on Board, which they did, all things succeeding
answerable to the design, Bland being taken together with the
rest of the Rebells; soone after Carver parting with the Gov-
ernor rowes on Board, they permitt the Boat to come so neere
as that they might fire directly downe upon her, and soe they
also comanded Carver on Board and secur’d him. When hee
saw this surprize hee storm’d, tore his haire off and curst, and
exclaim’d at the cowardice of Bland that had betray’d and lost
all their designes.

      The Governor having regain’d this ship goes on Board and

     1Colonel Philip Ludwell, brother of Thomas Ludwell, lived at Richneck,
in James City County, near Middle Plantation. He came to Virginia about
1664 and soon rose to prominence, becoming one of the Green Spring faction of
Berkeleyites. His intimacy with the governor appears from the fact that he mar-
ried (as her third husband) Berkeley’s widow, Lady Frances, who had abetted
her husband, the governor, against the English commissioners in 1677. Lud-
well was of a hot temper, “rash and fiery,” and was excluded from the council
in 1679. He became governor of Carolina, 1689-1694, returned to England
afterward, and died there.

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