Bacon's Rebellion

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58           NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS       [1676

in his frunt, and more then uncertaine friends in his reare,
portended no grate security from a violent death, and that
there could be no grate differance betwene his being wounded
to death in his brest, with bows and Arows, or in the back
with Guns and Musquit bullits. He did see that there was
an abseluted necessity of destroying the Indians, for the pris-
arvation of the English, and that there was som care to be taken
for his owne and soulders safety, otherways that worke must
be ill don, where the laberours are mad criples, and compeld,
insteade of a sword, to betake themselves to a c[ru]tch. It
vext him to the heart (as he was heard to say) f[or] to thinke,
that while he was a hunting Wolves, Tygers and Foxis, which
dayly destroyed our ha[r]mless Sheep and Lamb[s,] that hee,
and those with him, should be persued in the re[are], with a
full crye, as a more salvage or no less rave[nous] beast. But
to put all out of doubt, and himselfe into. . . . . . gree of safety,
since he could not tell but that som [whom] he had left behinde,
might not more desire his de[ath,] then to here that by him
the Indians were dest[royed, he] forth with (after a short con-
sultation held with [som of his soulde]rs) countermarcheth his
Army, and in a trice [ ] with them at the midle Plantation,
a place sit[uated in the] very heart of the Countrey.

      The first thing that Bacon fell upon (after [that he had]
setled himselfe at the Midle Plantation) was [to prepare] his
Remonstrance, and that as well against [the Governo]urs
Paper of the 29 of May,1 as in answer to th[e Governours
pro]elamation. Puting both papers upon these D[eclarations,
he asks] Whether Parsons wholly devoted to there Kin[g and
coun]trey, haters of all sinester, and by respects, am[ing on]ly
at the Countreys good, and indeviouring to th[e utmost of
there] power, to the haserd of there lives and fortunes, . . . . . .
destroy those that are in Arms against King and. . . . . . that
never plotted, contrived, nor indevioured. . . . . . ion, detre-
ment or rong of any of his Majesties [subjects, in] there lives,
names, fortunes, or estates, can desarve the appellations of
Rebells and Traters? He cites the wholl country to testifye
his and his soulders peaceable behaviours; upbrades som in
Authorety with the meaness of there parts; others, now

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