Bacon's Rebellion

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1676]         BACONS AND INGRAM’S REBELLION            91

prossellites might his disasters bring over to the tother side?
but God forbid that the justice of all quarills should be esti-
mated by there events.

      Yet here in this action (as well as som other before) who
can chuse but deplore the strange fate that the Governour was
subjected to, in the evill choyce of his cheife-commanders, for
the leadeing on his Millitary transactions; that when his cause
should com to a day of heareing, they should want Curage to
put in there pleay of defence, against there Adverssarys argu-
ments; and pittyfully to stand still and see themselves non-
suted, in every sneakeing adventure or Action that cal’d upon
there Generossety (if they had had any) to vindicate there
indubitable pretences against a usurped power.

      It is trew Whalys Condition was desperate, and hee was
resalved that his Curage should be conformable and as des-
perate as his Condition. He did not want intilligence how
Hansford, and Som others, was sarved at Accomack; which made him thinke it a grate deale better to dye like a Man,
then to be hang’d like a Dogg, if that his Fate would but give
him the liberty of picking as well as he had taken the liberty
of stealeing, of which unsoulder-like quallety he was fowly
guilty. But let Whaleys condition be never so desperate,
and that he was resalvd to Manage an oppossition against his
Assalent according to his condition, yet those in the Howse
with him stoode upon other terms, being two thirds (and the
wholl exseeded not 40) prest into the Servis, much against
there will; and had a grater antipethy against Whaly then they
had any cause for to feare his fate, if he, and they too, had bin
taken. As for that Objection, that Farrill was not, at this
time, fully cured of those Wounds he receved in the Salley
at Towne, which in this action proved detrimentall both to
his strength and curage: Why then (if it was so) did he ac-
c ept of this imploy (he haveing the liberty of refuseing) since
none could be better aquainted with his owne Condition
(eather for Strength or Courage) better then him selfe? Cer-
tainely in this particuler, Farills foolish ostentation was not
excuseable, nor Sir William with out blame, to Complye with
his ambition, as he had no other parts to prove himselfe a
Soulder, then a haire brain’d ressalution to put him selfe for-
ward in those affaires he had no more aquaintance with then

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