Bacon's Rebellion

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1676]        BACON’S AND INGRAM’S REBELLION        61

to the former, viz. That the people should not onely be
obliged not to be aideing unto Sir W: B. against the Generall,
but that by the force of this Recognition, they should be
obliged to rise in Arms against him, if he with armed forces
should offer to resist the Generall, or desturb the Countries
peace, in his absence: and not onely so, but (to make the in-
gagement Al-a-mode Rebellion) he would have it added, that
if any forces should be sent out of England, at the request of
Sir William, or other ways to his aide, that they were likewise
to be aposed, till such time as the Countrys cause should be
sent hom, and reported to his most Sacred Majesty.

      These two last branches of this Bugbeare did marvellously
startle the people, especially the very last of all, yet for to
give the Generall satisfaction how willing they were to give
him all the security that lay in there power, they seemed will-
ing to subscribe the two first, as they stood single, but not to any, if the last must be joyned with them. But the Generall
used, or urged, a grate many reasons for the signeing the wholl
ingagement, as it was presented in the three conjoyned
branches, other ways no securitye could be expected, neather
to the Countrey, Armye, nor himselfe: therefore he was re-
salved, if that they would not do, what hee did judg soe
reasonable, and necessary to be don, in and about the pre-
mises, that he would surrender up his Commission to the As-
sembley, and let the countrey finde som other servants to goe abrode and do there worke.

       For, sath he, it is to be considered, that Sir William hath
allredy proclamed me a Rebell, and it is not unknowne to
himselfe that I both can, and shall charge him with no less then
Treason. And it is not my selfe onely, that must and is con-
cerned in what shall be charged against him, but severall
Gent: men in the countrey, besides; who now are, and ever
will be against his intress, and of those that shall adhere to his
ilegall proseedings: of which he being more then ordnarely
senceable, it cannot in common reason be otherways conceved,
but that he being assisted by those forces, now imploied, that
they shall not be wholly imployed to the destruction of all
those capeable to frame an accuseation against him, to his
sacred Majesty. Neather can it reasonably be apprehended,
that he will ever condesend to any friendly accomadation wth

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