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134             NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS            [1676

Hartwell1 in the Legg, Smith in the head, Mathewes2 with others,
yet as yet wee have noe certaine account. They tooke a solemne
oath when they Sallyed out either to Rout us, or never Returne; But
you know how they use to keepe them: I believe the Shipps are weary
of their Bargaine finding their shotts all inconsiderable. This is our
present Intelligence; be sure to take care of the Upper Parts against
the Pyrats, and bid the men be courageous for that all the country
is bravely Resolute.

      I had almost forgot to tell you that Chamberlaine3 out of a
Bravado came with a Sloope, and lay under our workes, and with
abundance of vaunting and railing Expressions, Threatned great
things, but finding it too warme was feigne to take his Boate and
leave his Sloope; Wee guesse hee was wounded by his ceasing to Baule
(being much jeer’d by our men) which you know hee is not us’d to doe.

      Be sure you encourage the Soldiers in the Upper Parts and lett
them know what a Pitifull Enemy wee have to deale with. Wee
have just now two great Guns come for one Battery, which they are
much affraid off as I am informed. This is the most of our present
Newes, of other Passages by the Messenger you may be informed.

Your reall Friend,
Nath: Bacon

     After this succeslesse Sally the courages and numbers of
the Governor’s party abated much, and Bacons men thereby
became more bold and daring in soe much that Bacon could
Scarce keepe them from immediately falling to storme and enter
the Towne; but hee (being as wary as they rash) perswaded
them from the attempt, Bidding them keepe their courages
untill such tyme as hee found occasion and opportunity to
make use of them, telling them that hee doubted not to take

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