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62        NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS        [1676

those that shall subscribe to all, or any part of this ingage-
ment, unless such or such persons shall be surrendred up to
his marcy, to be proseeded against, as he shall thinke fitt: and
then how many, or few, those may be, whom he shall make
choyce of, to be sent into the tother world, that he may be
rid of his feares in this, may be left to consideration.

      Many things was (by many of those who were at this meet-
ing) urged pro and con, concerning the takeing or not takeing
of the ingagement: But such was the ressalute temper of the
Generall, against all reasoning to the contrary, that the wholl
must be swollowed, or ells no good would be don. In the urg-
ing of which he used such specious and subtill pretences; som
times for the pressing, and not to be despenced with necessity,
in regarde of those feares the wholl Collony was subjected to
through the daly murthers perpetrated by the Indians, and
then againe opening the harmlesness of the Oath, as he would
have it to be, and which he manidged solely against a grate
many of those counted the wisest men in the Countrey, with
so much art and sophisticall dixterety, that at length there
was litle said, by any, against the same: Especially when that
the Guner of York Fort1 arived, imploreing aide to secure the
same against the Indians; ading that there was a grate many poore people fled into it for protection, which could not be,
unless there was som speedy course taken to reinforce the said
Fort, with Munition and Arms, other ways it, and those fled
to it, would go nere hand to fall in to the power of the Heathen.

       The Generall was som what startled at this newes, and
accordingly expostulated the same, how could it posible be
that the most considerablest fortris in the countrey, should
be in danger to be surprised by the Indians. But being tould
that the Governour, the day before, had caused all the Arms
and Amunition to be convayed out of the Fort into his owne
vessell, with which he was saled forth of the Countrey, as it
was thought, it is strange to thinke, what impressions this
Story made upon the peoples apprehentions. In ernist this
action did stager a grate many, otherways well inclined to Sir
William, who could not tell what constructions to put upon
it. How ever, this was no grate disadvantage to Bacons de-

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