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1676]         BACON’S AND INGRAM’S REBELLION          93

the truth, it may be imagin’d that Grantham (at this time)
could not bring more reasons to Convince Ingram, then In-
gram had in his owne head to Convince him selfe; and so did
onely awate som favourable overtures (and such as Grantham
might, it is posible, now make) to bring him over to the tother
side. Neather could he apprehend more reason in Granthams
Arguments, then in his owne affaires, which now provok’d
him to dismount from the back of that Horss which he wanted
skill and strength to Manidge; especially there being som, of
his owne party, wateing an opertunity to toss him out of the
Sadle of his new mounted honours; and of whose designes he
wanted not som intilligence, in the Countinances of his Mer-
midons; who began for to looke a skew upon this, there Milk-
sopp Generall, who they judged fitter to dance upon a Rope,
or in som of his wenches lapps, then to caper, eather to Bel-
lonies1 Bagpipe, or Marsses whisle.

      But though Ingram was won upon to turn honist in this
thing (thanks to his necessitye, which made it an act of Com-
pultion, not a free will offering) yet was the worke but halfe
don, untill the Soulders were wrought upon to follow his ex-
ample. And though he him selfe, or any body ells, might
command them to take up there Arms, when any mischeife
was to be don: yet it was a question whether he, or any in
the Countrye, could command them to lay downe there Arms,
for to efect or do any good. In such a case as this, where
Authority wants power, descretion must be made use of, as
a vertue Surmounting a brutish force. Grantham, though he
had bin but a while in the Countrey, and had seene but litle,
as to mater of Action, yet he had heard a grate deale; and So
Much that the name of Authority had but litle power to ring
the Sword out of these Mad fellows hands, as he did perceve.
And that there was more hopes to efect that by smoothe words,
which was never likely to be accomplish’d by rough deeds;
there fore he resalved to accoste them, as the Divell courted
Eve, though to a better purpose, with never to be performed
promises: counting it no sin to Ludificate those for there good,
that had bin deceved by others to there hurt. He knew that
Men were to be treated as such, and Children according to
there childish dispossitions: And all though it was not with

     1Bellona’s.

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