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14               NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS

Stafford County, Later he returned to England, where he
lived in Westminster until his death, which took place some
time between October, 1705, and February, 1706. He mar-
ried a sister of Captain John Cralle, and left three children,
born in Virginia between 1677 and 1680.

     Mathew wrote his account of the rebellion thirty years
after the event. From internal evidence it would appear that
he had at hand notes made at the time, though there is nothing
directly to prove such a statement. He was well fitted to
write the account, having lived in the midst of the events he
describes and having been an eye-witness of many of them.
He drew much information from personal conversation with
Bacon, Lawrence, and other leaders, and certainly at first had
much sympathy with the cause they represented, though not
with its excesses. His narrative is straightforward and con-
cise, such as one would expect from a man of business, and it
is manifestly fair and honest. Mathew displayed no partisan
interest in the rebellion, but rather a desire to do what he
could to protect the country and to further the cause of peace.

     The narrative was first printed in the Richmond Enquirer,
September 1, 5, and 8, 1804, from the copy now owned byt he
American Antiquarian Society. In 1820, it was printed for the
second time, from a copy obtained from the Library of
Congress, in the Virginia Evangelical and Literary Magazine,
III. 128-149. It was issued for the third time by Peter
Force in 1836, in his Collection of Tracts, vol. I, no. 8 the
text being that of the copy possessed by the AmericanAnti-
quarian Society, and for the first time, after the second
copy, in the Virginia Historical Register and Literary Note
Book,
III. 61-75, 121-136, in April and July, 1850. A fifth
reprint was issued in 1897, by G.P. Humphrey, in Colonial
Tracts,
no 8. The present text is from the original manu-
script in the Library of Congress.

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