Bacon's Rebellion

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74         NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS          [1671

Wading,1 did not onely refuse to take the Ingagement, but
incouraged others to make him there example, Bacon com-
mited him to the Gard; telling off him that it was his place
to Preach in the Church, not in the Camp: In the first he might
say what he pleased, but in the last, he was to say no more
then what should please him; unless he could fight to better
purpose than he could preach.

      The Gloster men haveing taken the ingagement, (which
they did not till another meeteing, and in another place) and
all the worke don on this side the Western Shore, Bacon thought
it not a miss, but worth his labour, to go and see how the Ac-
comackians did. It must be confest that he was a Gent: man
of a Liberall education, and so consequently must be replen-
ish’d with good maners, which inables and obligeth all civell
parsons both to remember, and repay, receved curtesie:
which made him not to forget those kindenesses the Acco-
mackians bestow’d, in his absence, on his friends, and there
nighbours, the Verginians: and so now he resalved (since he
had nothing ells to do) for to go and repay there kinde hearted
vissitt. But first he thought good to send them word of his
good meaneing, that they might not pleade want of time, 0r
want of knowledg, to provide a reception answerable to his
quallety, and attendance. This was pritty faire play, but
really the Accomackians did not halfe like it. They had rather
his Honour would have had the patience to have stade till he
had bin invited, and then he should have bin much more
wellcom. But this must not hinder his jurnye; if nothing ells
enterveine they must be troubled, with a troublesom guest,
as well as there neighbours had bin, for a grate while together,
to their exstreordnary charge, and utter undoeing. But there
kinde and very mercyfull fate, to whom they and their Posteri-
tye, must ever remane indebted, observeing there cares and
feares, by an admireable and ever to be cellibrated providence,
removed the causes.      For

     Bacon haveing for som time bin beseiged by sickness, and
now not able to hould out any longer, all his strength, and pro-
vissions being spent, surrendred up that Fort he was no longer
able to keepe, into the hands of that grim and all conquering
Captaine, Death; after that he had implor’d the assistance

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