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where I was entertained 2 or 3 hours with the particular relacons of diverse before recited transactions; and as to the matter I spake of, he told me, that th' govern'r had indeed promised him the comand of the forces, and if his hon'r shou'd keep his word (which he doubted) he assured me " the like care shoud be taken of the remotest corners in the land, as of his own dwellinghouse, and pray'd me to advise him what persons in those parts were most fit to bear comands I frankly gave him my opinion that the most satisfactory gentlemen to govern'r and people, would be comanders of the militia, wherewith he was well pleased, and himself wrote a list of those nominated.

That evening I made known what had past with Mr. Bacon to my colleague Coll. Mason (whose bottle attendance doubled my task) the matt^ he liked well,«£ut questioned the govera'rs approbacon of ru/'"

I confessed the case required sedate thoughts, reasoning, that he and such.like, geatlemen^must either comand or be comanded, and if on tlock. denials Mr. Bacon should" taEe distaste, ajd~be constramed to appomt comanders out of the rabble* thjLgovern'r himself with the persons and estates of all in the land woud be at their dispose, whereby their own mine might be owing to themselves; in this^Jbe^ag.reejiawLsaid " If the govern'r woud give his own comission he would be content to serve under generall Bacon (as now he began to be intituled) but first woud consult other gentlemen in the same circumstances; who all concur'd twas the most safe barier in view against pernicious designes, if such shoud be put in practice; with this I acquainted Mr. Lawrence who went (rejoicing) to Mr. Bacon with the good tidings, that the militia comanders were inclined to serve under him, as their generall, in case the governor woud please to give them his own comissions.

Wee P.Qhe hojwe Droceeded to finish the bill for the war, which, bjf .the assent oJj he governor and councill being pastTnto an act..tae_goyern:r sent us a letter directed to his majesty, wherein were these words " I have above 30 years governed the most flourishing country the sun ever shone over, but am now encompassed with rebellion like waters in every respect like to that of Massanello except their leader, and of like import was the substance of that letter. But we did not believe his hono'r sent us all he wrote to his majesty.

Some judicious gentlemen of our house likewise penn'd a letter or remonstrance to be sent his maj'tie setting forth the gradations of those erupcons, and two or three of°them with Mr. Mmge our clerk brought it me to compile a few lines for the conclusion of it, which I did (tho' not without regret in those watchfull times, when every man had eyes on hiincout what I wrote was with all possible deference to the govern'j^nd in tha most soft terms my pen cou'd find the case to admit

Col. Spencer being my neighbour and intimate rnend, and a prevalent member in the councill I pray'd him to intreat tho govern'r we might be dissolved, for that was my first and shoud be my last going astray from my wonted, sphere of merchandize and other my private -concernments into the dark and slippery meanders of court embarrassments, he told me^the govern'r had not (then) determined his intention, but he wou'd move his hono'r about itt, and in 2 or 3 dayes we were dissolved, which I was most heartily glad of, because of my getting loose againe from being hampered amongst those pernicious entanglem'ts in the labyrinths and snares of state ambiguities, and which untill then I had not seen the practice nor the dangers of, for it was observ'd that severall of the members had secret badges of distinction fixt upon 'em, as not docill enough to gallop the future races, that court seem'd dispos'd to lead 'em, whose maximes I had oft times heard whisper'd before, aqd then found confirm'd by diverse considerate gentlem'n viztv^" that the wise and the rich were prone to ffaction-^nd sedition but the fools and poor were easy to be governed. J^

Many members being met one evening nigh sunsett, to take our leaves each of other, in order next day to return homewards, came Genii. Bacon with his hand full of unfolded papers and overlooking us round, walking in the room said " which of these gentlem'n shall I intreat to write a few words for me where every one looking aside as not willing to meddle; Mr. Lawrence pointed at me saying "that gentlemen writes very well which I endeavouring to excuse, Mr. Bacon came stooping to the ground and said " pray Sir do me the hon'r to write a line for me.

This surprizing accostm't shockt me into a melancholy consternation, dreading upon one hand, that Stafford county would feel the smart of his resentment, if 1 should refuse him whose favour I had so lately sought and been generously promis'd on their behalf; and on th' other hand fearing the govern'rs displeasure who I knew woud soon hear of it: what seem'd most prndent at this hazadous dilemma, was to obviate the present impending peril; so Mr. Bacon made me sit the whole night by him filling up those papers, which I then saw were blank comissiqns sign'd by the govern'r incerting such names and writing other matters as he dictated; which I took to be the happy effects of the consult before mentioned, with the comanders of the militia because

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