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60        NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS        [1676

ireguler actings. Desireing of them not to sit still, in this
common time of callamitye, with there hands in there bosums;
or as unconcer’d spectaters, stand gazeing upon their approche-
ing ruinys, and not lend a hand to squench those flames now
likely to consume them and theres to ashes.

      According to the summons, most of the prime Gent: men
in these parts (where of som were of the Councell of State)
gave Bacon a meeteing in his quarters, at the assigned time.
Where being met (after a long Harange by him made, much
of the nature of, and to explane the summons) he desired them
to take the same so far in to there consideration, that there
might, by there wisdom, som expedient [be] found out, as well
for the countryes securytie against Sir Williams Ireguler pro-
seedings, as that hee, and Armye, might unmollest prossecute
the Indian war. Ading, that neather him selfe, nor those
under his command, thought it a thing consisting with reason,
or common sence, to advance against the common Enimy, and
in the meane time want insureance (when they had don the
worke abrode) not to have their throtes cut, when they should
return hom, by those whoe had set them to worke: being con-
fident that Sir William and som others with him, through a
sence of their unworantable actions, would do what was pos-
ible to be don, not onely to destroy himself, but others (privie
to their knavereys) now ingaged in the Indian servis with him.

      After that Bacon had urg’d, what he thought meet for the
better carying on of those affaires, now hammering in his head,
it was concluded by the wholl Convention, that for the estab-
lishing the Generall, and Army, in a consistancy of safety,
and that as well upon his march against the Indians, as when
that he should returne from the servis, and allso for the keepe-
ing the Countrey in peaee, in his absence, that there should be
a test, or recognition,1 drawne, and subscribed by the wholl
Countrey, which should oblige them and every of them, not
to be aideing nor assisting to Sir Will. Berkley (for now he
would not afford him the title of Governour) in any sorte, to
the molestation, hinderance or detriment of the Ginerall and
Army. This being assented to, the Clarke of the Assembley was
ordred to put the same in to forme; which while he was a
doeing, the Generall would needs have another branch added

      1The oath of August 3. See pp. 35, 122.

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