Bacon's Rebellion

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54           NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS        [1676

were in hope they had don, and which by som was ernistly

        After som few days the Governour retracts his march (a
jurnye of som 30 or 40 miles) to meet with the Assembley,1
now redy to sit downe at our Metropollis, while Bacon in the
meane time meets with the Indians, upon whom he falls with
abundance of ressalution and gallentrey (as his owne party
relates it) in there fastness; killing a grate many, and blowing
up there Magazene of Arms and Pouder, to a considerable
quantity. . . . . . y his self, no less then 4000 weight. This
being done, and all his] Provissions spent, he returns hom t0
his. . . . . . e, where he submits him selfe to be chosen Bur[gess
of t]he County in which he did live, contrary to his qualifica-
tions, take him as he was formerly one of the Councell of State,
or as hee was now a proclamed Rebell. How ever, he applyes
him selfe to the performance of that trust reposed in him, by
the people, if he might be admited into the Howse. But this
not fagging2 according to his desire, though according to
his expectation, and he remaneing in his sloope (then at Ancor
before the Towne) in which was about 30 Gent: men besides himselfe, he was there surprised with the rest, and made pris-
soner, som being put into Irons: in which condition they re-
maned som time, till all things were fitted for the triall. Which
being brought to a day of heareing, before the Governour and
Councell, Bacon was not onely acquited and pardoned all mis-
demeniors, but restored to the Councell Table as before; and
not onely, but promised to have a Commission signed the
Monday following (this was on the Saterday) as Generall for
the Indian war, to the universall satisfaction of the people,
who passionately desired the same; witnessed by the ginerall
acclameations of all then in towne.

      And here who can do less then wonder at the muteable and
impermenent deportments of that blinde Godes Fortune; who
in the morning loades Man with disgraces, and ere night
crownes him with honours: Somtimes depressing, and againe
ellivateing, as her fickle humer is to smile or frowne, of which
this Gent: mans fate was a kinde of an Epittemey, in the sev-

     1 The assembly met on June 5; on the 7th Bacon came to Jamestown in his sloop; and on the 10th he was promised the commission.

     2 Developing.

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