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48          NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS        [1675

prest more reason then the English had to prove the lawfull-
ness of this action, being Diametrecall to the Law of Arms.

      This strange action put those in the Fort to there trumps,
haveing thus lost som of their prime court cards, without a
faire dealeing. They could not well tell what interpretation
to put upon it (nor indeed, nobody ells) and very faine they
wo[uld] . . . . . . why those, whom they sent out with a [view]
to suplicate a peace should be worss delt with then [those who]
were sent out with a sword to denounce a war; but, [no one]
could be got to make inquirye into the reason of this . . . . . .
which put them upon a ressalution to forsake there [station,  
and] not to expostulate the cause any further. Haveing [made]
this resalution, and destroyed all things in the fort, that might
be servisable to the English, they bouldly, undiscovered, slip
through the Leagure1 (leaveing the English to prossecute the
seige, as Schogin’s wife brooded the eggs that the Fox had
suck’d)2 in the passing of which they knock’d ten men o’th
head, who lay carelessly asleep in there way.

       Now all though it might be saide that the Indians went
there ways emty handed, in regard they had left all there
blunder and welth behinde them in the fort, yet it cannot be
thought that they went away emty hearted: For though that
was pritty well drained from it’s former curage, through those
inconvenencies that they had bin subjected to by the seige,
yet in the roome thereof, rather then the venticles should lie
voide, they had stowed up so much mallize, entermixt with a
ressalution of revenge, for the affrunt that the English had
put upon them, in killing there messingers of peace, that they
resalved to commence a most barberous and most bloody
war.

       The Beseigers haveing spent a grate deale of ill imployed
time in pecking at the huske, and now findeing the shell open
and mising the expected prey, did not a litle woonder what
was be com of the lately impounded Indinans, who, though at
present the could not be seene, yet it was not long before that
they were heard off, and felt too. For in a very short time
they had, in a most inhumane maner, murthered no less then

    1Leagure, probably for “leaguer,” the besieging camp of the enemy.

     2 An allusion to Scoggan’s Jeste (1626 and later editions), a seven
century “Joe Miller.”

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