Bacon's Rebellion

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50          NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS           [1675

there abodes, to finde security for there lives; which they
were not to part with, in the hands of the Indiands, but undcr
the worst of torments. For these brutish and inhumane brutes,
least their cruilties might not be thought cruill enough, they de-
vised a hundred ways to torter and torment those poore soules
with, whose reched fate it was to fall in to there unmercyfull
hands. For som, before that they would deprive them of
there lives, they would take a grate deale of time to deprive
them first of there skins, and if that life had not, throug[h the
ang]uish of there paine, forsaken there tormented bodyes,
they [with] there teeth (or som instrument,) teare the nailes
of [their fingers and their] toes, which put the poore sufferer
to a wo[ful condition. One was prepared for the fla]mes at
James Towne, who indured [much, but found means] to escape,
Those who had the. . . . . . another world, was to have. . . . . .
to be attributed to. . . . . . there more then can. . . . . . xpire
with. . . . . . or other wayes to be slane out rite, for least that
there Deaths should be attributed unto som more mercyfull hands then theares, for to put all out of question, they would
leave som of there brutish Markes upon there fenceless bodies,
that might testifye it could be none but they who had com-
mited the fact.

        And now it was that the poore distresed and dubly afflicted
Planters began to curss and execrate that ill manidged buisness
at the Fort. There cryes were reitterated againe and againe,
both to God and man for releife. But no appeareance of long
wish’d for safety ariseing in the Horrison of there hopes, they
were redy, could they have tould which way, to leave all and
forsake the Collony, rather then to stay and be expos’d to the
crewiltys of the barberous heathen.

      At last it was concluded, as a good expedient for to put the
countrey in to som degree of safety, for to plant Forts upon the
Fronteres,1 thinkeing there by to put a stop unto the Indians
excurssions: which after the expence of a grate deale of time
and charge, being finished, came short of the designed ends.
For the Indians quickly found out where about these Mouse
traps were sett, and for what purpose, and so resalved to keepe
out of there danger; which they might easely ennough do, with
out any detriment to there designes. For though here by

     1For the forts, see p. 108.

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