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1676]        BACON’S AND INGRAM’S REBELLION          65

State; and the reason of the Convention to manidge the affaires
of the Countrey in his absence; least (as he saide) while hee
went abrode to destroy the Wolves, the Foxes, in the meane
time, should com and devoure the Sheepe. Hee had not
march’d many miles from his head quarters, but that newes
came post hast, that Bland and the rest with him were snapt
at Accomack; betrade (as som of there owne party relate)
by Capt. Carver: but those who are best able to render an
acount of this affaire do aver, that there was no other Treason
made use of but there want of discretion, assisted by the juce
of the Grape: had it bin other ways the Governour would
never rewarded the servis with the gift of a Halter, which he
honoured Carver with, sudenly after his surpriseall. Bland
was put in Irons, and ill intreated, as it was saide; most of the
soulders owned the Governours cause, by entering them selves
in to his servis; those that refused were made prissoners, and
promised a releasement at the price of Carvers fate.

     The Governour being blest with this good servis, and the
better servis, in that it was efected with out blood shed, and
being inform’d that Bacon was entred upon his Indian March,
ships him selfe for the western shore, being assisted with 5
ships and 10 sloops, in which (as it is saide) was about a thou-
sand soulders. The newes where of outstriping his canvis
wings soone reach’d the eares of those left by Bacon, to see
the Kings peace kep, by resisting the Kings vice gerent. For
before that the Governour could get over the Water, two
fugetives was got to land, sent (as may be supposed) from som
in Accomack, spirited for the Generalls quarill, to inform those
here, of the same principles, of the Governours strength, and
upon what terms his soulders were to fight. And first they
were to be rewarded with those mens estates who had taken
Bacons Oath, catch that catch could. Secondly that they,
and there heirs, for 21 years should be discharged from all
impossition, excepting Church dues, and lastly 12 pence per
day, dureing the wholl time of servis. And that it was further
decreed that all Sarvants, whose masters were under the Gen-
erall Collours, or that had subscribed the ingagement, should
be set free, and injoy the fore mention’d benifits, if that they
would (in Arms) owne the Governours cause. And that this
was the wholl truth, and nothing but the truth, the two men

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