Bacon's Rebellion

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88           NARRATIVES OF THE INSURRECTIONS        [1676

invests the Howse, and then summons the Soulders (then under
the command of the fore said Minester) to a speedy rendition,
or otherways to stand out to Mercy, at there utmost perill.
After som toos and froes about the buisness (quite beyond his
text) the Minester accepts of Such Articles, for a Surrender,
as pleased Ingram and his Mermidons to grant.

      Ingram had no sooner don this jobb of jurnye worke (of
which he was not a litle proud) but M. L. Smith (haveing re-
tracted his March out of Midle-sex, as thinkeing it litle less
then a disparagement to have any thing to doe with Walklett)
was up on the back of Ingram, before he was aware, and at
which he was not a litle daunted, feareing that he had beate
Walklett to peices, in Midlesex. But he perceveing that the
Gloster Men did not weare (in there faces) the Countinances
of Conquerers, nor there Cloathes the marks of any late in-
gagement (being free from the honourable Staines of Wounds
and Gun shott) he began to hope the best, and the Gloster men
to feare the worst; and what the properties of feare is, let
Feltham1 tell you, who saith, That if curage be a good Oriter,
feare is a bad Counceller, and a worss Ingineare. For insteade
of erecting, it beates and batters downe all Bullworks of de-
fence: perswadeing the feeble hart that there is no safety in
armed Troops, Iron gates, nor stone walls. In oppossition of
which Passion I will appose the Properties of it’s Antithesis,
and say That as som men are never vallent but in the midst
of discourse, so others never manifest there Courage but in
the midst of danger: Never more alive then when in the jawes
of Death, crowded up in the midst of fire, smoke, Swords and
gunns; and then not so much laying about them through
despareation, or to save there lives, as through a Generosety
of Spirit, to trample upon the lives of there enimies.

      For the saveing of Pouder and Shott (or rather through
the before mentioned Generossety of Curage) one Major Bris-
tow2 (on Smiths side) made a Motion to try the equity and
justness of the quarill, by single Combett: Bristow proffer-
ing him selfe against any one (being a Gent.) on the other side;
this was noble, and like a Soulder. This Motion (or rather

    1Owen Feltham, author of Resolves, Divine, Moral, and Political (1620, and
many other editions).

     2 For Major Bristow, see p. 24, note 3.

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