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1676]        BACON’S AND INGRAM’S REBELLION        95

tioned by Grantham; where when they came (which was by
water, them selves in one vessill, and there Arms' in another;
and so contrived by Grantham, as he tould me him selfe, upon
good reason) the Sarvants and Slaves was sent hom to there
Masters, there to stay till the Governour had leasure to signe
there discharges, or to say better, till they were free, accord-
ing to the Custom of the Countrey;1 the rest was made pris-
soners, or entertain’d by the Governour, as hee found them
inclin’d.

      Of all the obstickles, that hath hitherto lane in the Gover-
nours way, there is not one (which hath falne with in the Verge
of my intilligence) that hath bin removed by the Sword; ex-
cepting what was performed under the Conduct of Beverly:
How this, undertaken by Grantham, was effected, you have
heard; though badly (as the rest) by me Sum’d up. The next,
that is taken notis of, is that at Greene Spring (before hinted)
under the Command of one Capt. Drew, formerly a Miller (by profession) though now Dignifide with the title of a Capt. and
made Governour of this Place by Bacon, as he was a person
formerly behoulden unto Sir William, and soe, by way of
requiteall, most likely to keepe him out of his owne Howse,
This Whisker of Whorly-Giggs, perceveing (now) that there
was More Water coming downe upon his Mill then the Dam
would hould, thought best in time, to fortifye the same, least
all should be borne downe before he had taken his toule.2
Which haveing effected (makeing it the strongest place in the
Country what with grate and small Gunns) he stands upon
his gard, and refuseth to Surrender, but upon his owne terms;
Which being granted, he secures the place till such time as
Sir William should, in parson, com and take possesion of the
same: And was not this pritely, honestly, don, of a Miller.

      The gratest difficulty now to be performed, was to remove
Drummond and Larance out of the way. These two Men was

    1Indented servants who had not taken the precaution to secure a written contract defining the terms of their service were obliged to serve “according to
the custom of the country.” Laws for their protection defined this. Thus, in Virginia at this time, by act of 1648, servants over twenty years old at the time
of indenture had to serve four years; if between twelve and twenty, five years;
if under twelve, seven years.

    2  Toll

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