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64             NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS         [1676

before God and there owne consciences, it might be pleadeable,
but not at the Bar of humane proseedings, with out a favourable
interpretation put upon it, by those who were to be the judges.

      While Bacon was contriving and imposeing this Illegall
Oath, for to secure him selfe against the Governour, the Gov-
ernour was no less sollicious to finde out meanes to secure him selfe against Bacon. Therefore, as the onely place of
securytie within the Collony, to keep out of Bacons reach, he
sales over to Accomack. This place is sequestered from the
mane part of Verginia through the enterposition of the grate
Bay of Cheispiock, being itselfe an Isthmus, and commonly
called the Eastern shore. It is bounded on the East with the
maine oacian, and on the Sowth west with the afore sd Bay,
which runs up into the countrey navigable for the bigest Ships
more then 240 miles, and so consequently, not approcheable
from the other parts of Verginia but by water, without sur-
rounding the head of the sd Bay: A labour of toyle, time, and
danger, in regard of the way, and habitations of the Indians.

      It was not long before Bacon was inform’d where the Gov-
ernour had taken Santuary; neather was he ignorant what
it was that moved him to do what he had don: He did all
so apprehend that, as he had found the way out, he could
(when he saw his owne time) finde the way in againe; and
though he went forth with an emty hand he might return
with a full fist. For the preventing of which (as he thought)
he despach’d away one Esqr Bland, a Gent: man of an active
and stiring dispossition, and no grate admirer of Sir Williams
goodness; and with him, in Commission, one Capt. Carver,
a person aquainted with Navigation, and one (as they say)
indebted to Sir W. (before he dyed) for his life, upon a duble
account, with forces in two ships, eather to block Sir William
up in Accomack, or other ways to inveagle the inhabitants
(thinkeing that all the countrey, like the Friere in the Bush,
must needs be soe mad as to dance to there Pipe) to surrender
him up in to there hands.

      Bacon haveing sent Bland, and the rest, to doe this servis,
once more re-enters upon his Indian march; after that he
had taken order for the conveineing an Assembley, to sit downe
on the 4 of September, the Summons being Authentick’d, as
they would have it, under the hands of 4 of the Councell of

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