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1676]           BACON'S AND INGRAM'S REBELLION           67

before it should be wholly invested; which that night, in the
darke, they put in execution, every one shifting for him selfe
with no ordnary feare, in the gratest hast posible, for fere of
being sent after: And that som of them was posses'd with no
ordnary feare, may be manifested in Collonell Larence, whose
spirits were so much destracted, at his apprehentions of being
one excepted in the Governours act of grace, that he forsooke
his owne Howse with all his welth and a faire Cupbord of Plate
intire standing, which fell into the Governours hands the nex
Morning.

     The Towne being thus forsaken, by the Baconians, his
Honour enters the same the next day, about noone; where
after he had rendred thanks unto God for his safe arivall
(which he forgot not to perform upon his knees, at his first
footeing the shore) hee applyes himselfe not onely to secure
what he had got possesion of, but to increace and inlarge the
same to his best advantage. And knowing that the people
of ould useally painted the God of war with a belly to be fed,
as well as with hands to fight, he began to cast about for the
bringing in of provissions for to feed his soulders; and in the
next place for soulders, as well to reinforce his strength with
in, as to inlarge his quarters abrode: But as the saying is,
Man may propose, but God will dispose; when that his hon'r
thought him selfe so much at liberty, that he might have the
liberty to go when and where he pleased, his expectations
became very speedily and in a moment frusterated.

     For Bacon haveing don his buisness against the Indians,
or at least so much as he was able to do, haveing marched his
men with a grate deale of toyle and haserd som hundreds of
miles, one way and another, killing som and takeing others
prissoners, and haveing spent his provissions, draws in his
forces with in the verge of the English Plantations, from whence
he dismiseth the gratest part of his Army to gether strength
against the next designed March, which was no sooner don
but he incounters the newes of the Governours being arived
at town. Of which being informed he with a marvellous cel- lerity (outstriping the swift wings of fame) marcheth those
men now with him (which hee had onely resarved as a
gard to his parson) and in a trice blocks up the Governour in
Towne, to the generall astonishment of the wholl Countrey;

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