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1676]          BACON’S AND INGRAM’S REBELLION         53

should be kild by the Indians, he would goe out against them,
though but 20 men would adventure the servis with him. Now
it so unhappylie fell out, that the next person that the Indians
did kill, was one of his owne Familey. Where upon haveing
got together som 70 or 80 persons, most good Howsekeepers,
well armed, and seeing that he could not legally procure a
Commission (after som struglings with the Governour. . . . . .
Scuffell) and som of his best friends, co. . . . . .terprise, he
applyes hi. . . . . . his oath, and so forth. . . . . .ans.

      The Governour could not. . . . . .this insolent deportment of Bac. . . . . . ed at his proseedings. Which. . . . . . insteade
of seekeing meanes to appease his anger, they devised meanes
to increase it, by frameing specious pretences, which they
grounded upon the bouldness of Bacons actions, and the peo-
ples affections. They began (som of them) to have Bacons
Merits in mistrust, as a Luminary that thretned an eclips to
there riseing gloryes. For though he was but a yong man,
yet they found that he was master and owner of those indu-
ments which constitutes a Compleate Man (as to intrincecalls),
wisdom to apprehend and descretion to chuse. By which im-
belishments (if he should continue in the Governours favour)
of Seniours they might becom juniours, while there younger
Brother, through the nimbleness of his wit, might steale away
that blessing, which they accounted there owne by birthright.
This rash proseedings of Bacon, if it did not undo himselfe,
by his faileing in the enterprise, might chance to undo them in
the affections of the people; which to prevent, they thought it
conduceable to there intress and establishment, for to get the
Governour in the minde to proclame him a Rebell; as knowing
that once being done, since it could not be done but by and in
the Governours name, it must needs breed bad blodd betwene
Bacon and Sir William, not easily to be purged. For though
Sir William might forgive what Bacon, as yet, had acted; yet it
might be questionable whether Bacon might forget what Sir
William had don: However, according to there desires, Ba-
con and all his adhereance was proclamed a Rebell, May the
29, and forces raised to reduce him to his duty. With which
the Governour advanced from the Midle Plantation to finde
him out, and if neede was to fight him, if the Indians had
not knock’d him, and those with him, on the head, as som

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