Bacon's Rebellion

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82           NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS           [1676

therefore this expression must be interprited the efects of his
passion, not his meaneing: For it is to be understood in reason,
that there is not any Woman, who hath soe small affection
for her Husband, as to dishonour him by her dishonisty, and
yet retaine such a degree of love, that rather then he should
be hang’d, shee will be content to submit her owne life to the
Sentance, to keep her husband from the Gallows.

      Capt. Carver and Capt. Farlow was now (or about this
time) Executed, as is before hinted. Farlow was related to
Cheisman, as he had maried Farlows Neice. When that he
went first into the servis (which was presently after that Bacon
had receved his Commission) he was Chosen Commander of
those recrutes sent out of Yorke County, to Make up Bacons
Numbers, according to the Gage of his Commission, limited
for the Indian Servis; and by Sir William (or som one of the
Councell) recommended to Bacon, as a fitt parson to be Com-
mander of the saide party. These terms, by which he became
ingaged, under Bacons Commands, he urged in his pley,1 at
his triall: Ading, that if he had, in what he had don, denyed the Generalls orders, it was in his power to hang him, by the
judgment of a Court Martiall; and that he had acted nothing
but in obedience to the Generalls Authority. But it was
replide, against him, that he was put under Bacons command
for the servis of the Countrey, against the Indians, which im-
ploy he ought to have kep to, and not to have acted by yond
his bounds, as he had don: And Since he went into the Army
under the Governours orders, he was required to Search the
Same, and see if he could finde one that Commissionated him
to take up Arms in oppossition to the Governours Authority
and parson: Neather had Bacon any other power by his Com-
mission (had the same bin never so legally obtained) but onely
to make war upon the Indians. Farlow rejoyned, that Bacon
was, by his Commission, to see that the Kings peace was kep,
and to Suppress those that should indeviour to Perturbe the
same. It was reply’d, this might be granted him, and he might
make his advantage of it, but was required to consider, whether
the Kings peace was to be kep in resisting the Kings emediate
Governour, soe as to levy a War against him; and so com-
manded him to be silent, while his sentance was pronounced.

     1 Plea.

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