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oposed his most auspicious proseedings. The last time he came, he made choyce of lames River; now he was resolved to set up his rest in Yorke, as haveing the nearest vicinity to Gloster County (the River pnely interposeing betwene it and 1 orke) in which though the enemie was the strongest (as desireing to make it the seate of the Warr in regard of severall locall conveniences) yet in it he knew that his friends was not the weakest, whether wee respect number, or furniture. It is trew they had taken the ingagement (as the rest had) to Bacon ; but be- being dead and the ingagement being only personal!, was lade in the grave with him, for it was not made to himselfe, his heirs, executors, administrater, and assignes; if other ways it might have bin indued with a kind of immortality ; unless the sword, or juster (or grater) power might happen to wound it to death. But, however, Bacon being dead, and with him his Commission, all those, who had taken the ingagement, were now at liberty to go and chuse themselves another master.

But though his honour knew that though they were discharged from the binding power of the oath, yet they were not free from the commanding power of those men that was still in Arms, in persuance of those ends for which the ingagement was pretended to be taken: And that before this could be efected, those men must first be beaten from their arms, before the other could get their heeles at liberty, to do him any servis. Therefore he began to cast about how he might remove those blocks which stoode in the Gloster mens way: which being once don, it must take away all Pretences, and leave them without all excuse, if they should offer to sit still, when he, and his good providence together, had not onely knock'd off their shackles, but eather imprissoned their laylers, or tide them up to the gallows.

He had with him now in Yorke River 4 shipps" Ti»itren&«h besides 2 or 3 sloops. Three of the ships he Sir Will, had, brought with him from Accomack; the other (a

at his coming to ° . ', \

Yorke. marchant-man, as the rest were) was som time

before arrived out of England, and in these about 150 men, at his emediate command; and no more he had when he came into Yorke River: Where being setled in consultation with his friends, tot the manageing of his affaires, to the best advantage; he was informed that there was a party of the Baconians (for so they were still denominated, on that side, for destinction sake) that had setled themselves in their winter quarters, at the howse of one Mr. Howards, in Gloster county.

For to keepe these Vermin from breeding, in their warm kenill,'he thought good, in time, for to get them ferited out.

For the accomplishment of which peice of servis, he very
secretly despatcheth away a select number under
the conduct of Major Beverly, who very nimbly Beverly »ur-1
performed the same, having the good fortune (as Pnse^h p°^:
it is saide) to catch them all asleepe. And least ter. ' •
the good man of the howse should forgett this good
servis, that Beverly had don him, in removeing his (to him)
chargable guest, with these sleepers, he conveyes a good quante-
ty of their landlords goods aborde: the Baconians (where of one
a Leift. Collonell) to remane prissoners, and the goods to be
divided amongst those whose servis had made them such, accord-
ing to the Law of Arms; which Howard will have to be the
Law of HARMS, by placeing the first letter of his name before
the vowill A. .'' !y

But in ernist (and to leave jesting) Howard did really think it hard measure, to see that go out of his store, by the sword, which he intended to deliver out by the Ell, or yard. Neather could his wife halfe like the markitt; when she saw the Chapmen carey her Daughters Husband away Prissoner, and her owne fine clothes goeing into captivity ; to be sould by match and pin; and after worne by those who (before these times) was not worth a point; yet it is thought, that the ould Gent: woman, was not so much concerned that her Son in Law was made a prissoner, as her Daughter was vext, to see they had not left one man upon the Plantation, to comfort neather herself nor mother.

This Block (and no less was the commander of the forementioned sleepers) being removed out of . otl/l

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the way, the Oloster men began to stir abrode: not Sir W.
provoked thereto out of any hopes of getting, but
through a feare of loseing. They did plainly perceve that if
they themselves did not goe to worke, somebody ells would,
while they (for their neglegence) might be compeld to pay them
their wages; and what that might come to they could not tell,
since it was probable, in such servises, the Laberours would be
their own Carvers; and it is commonly knowne, that soulders
make no conscience to take more then their due.' • , . '

The worke that was now to be don, in these parts ( and fur-
ther I cannot go for want of a guide) was cut out into several!
parcells, according as the Baconians had devided the same. And
first at Wests Point (an Isthmos which gives the
denomination to the two Rivers, Pomankey and ^^"pl?"*
Mattapony (Indian names) that branch forth of
York River, som 30 miles above Tindells point) there was plant-
ed a garde of about 200 soulders. This place Bacon had de-

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and the last, is no less imperfict than the other; since without experience, wisdom and curage (like yong Doctors) do but grope in the darke, or strike by gess.

Much about the time that the Gloster men mustred at M. Pates, there was a riseing in Midle- .^y"^'"sex, upon the same account: Who were no sooner golt upon their feet, but the Baconians resolves to bring them on their knees. For the efecting of which Ingram speeds away one Walklett, his Leift. Generall, (a ^^"'Ve.'.Tt!'. man much like the master) with a party of Hors6, to do the worke. M. L. Smith was quickly informed upon what arend Walklett was sent, and so, with a generous ressolution, resolves to be at his heeles, if not be- f TMjv\^ikuu! fore hand with him, to helpe his friends in their distress. And because he would not all together trust to others, in affaires of this nature, he advanceth at the head of his owne Troops, (what Horss what Foote for number, is not in my intillegence) leaveing the rest for to fortify Major Pates howse, and so speeds after Walklett who, before Smith could reach the required distance, had performed his worke, with litle labour, and (hereing of Smiths advance) was prepareing to give him a Receptionanswerable to his designements: swareing to fight him though' Smith should out number him cent per cent; and was not this a dareing ressolution of a Boy that hardly ever saw a sword, but in a scaberd?

In, the meane time that this buisness was a doeing, Ingram understanding upon what designe M. L. Smith was gon about, by the advice of his officers strikes ingmm tako in belweene him and his new made (and new mand) the "I? Garnsson at M. Pates. He very mmbly mvests p,ti;r. 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 their utmost perfll. 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 JVfermidons, to grant.

Ingram had no sooner don this jobb of jurney worke (of which he was not a litle proud) but M. L. Smith (haveing retracted his march out of Midlesex, as ^^ ^"^"h thinkeing it little less then a disparagement to have j,om Woikiett. any thing to doe with Walklett) was upon the back of Ingram before he was aware, and at which he was not a litle daunted, feareing that he had beate Walklett to pieces in Midlesex. But he perceving that the Gloster men did not weare (in

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their feces, the countinances of conquerers, nor their cloathes the marks of any late ingagement (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 Feltham tell you, who saith, That if curage be a good oriter, feare is a bad counceller, and a worse Ingineare. , For instead of erecting, it beates and batters downe all Bullworks of defence: 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 its Antithesis, and say, That as som men' are never valient but in the midst of discourse, so others never manifest their curage 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 guns; and then not so much laying about them through desperation, or to save. their lives, as through a Generossety of Spirit, to trample upon the lives of their enimies.

. For the saveing of Pouder and Shott (or rather

chair- to la- through the before mentioned Generossety of curram. age) one Major Bristow (on Smiths side) made a Motion to try the equity, and justness of the quarriM, by single combett: Bristow proffering himselfe against any one (being a Gent.) on the other side; this was noble, and like a soulder. This motion (or rather challenge) was as redely accepted by Ingram, as proffered by Bristow; Ingram swareing, the newest oath in fashion, that he would be the Man; and so advanceth on foot, with sword and Pistell, against Bristow; but was fetched back by his owne men, as douteing the justness of their cause, or in consideration of the desparety that was betwene the two Antagonists. For though it might be granted, that in a private condition, Bristow was the better man, yet now it was not to be alowed, as Ingram was entitled.

. This buisness not fadging, betwene the two champions, the Gloster men began to entertaine strange, and new Ressolutions, quite Retrogade to their pretentions, and what was by all good men expected from the promiseing asspects of this there Leagueing against a usurping power. It is said that a good cause and a good Deputation, is a lawfull Authorety for any man to fight by; yet neather of these, joyntly nor severally, hath a coercive power, to make a man a good soulder: If he wants Courage, though he is inlisted under both, yet is he not starling quoyne: he is at best but Coper, stampt with the Kings impress, and will pass for no more then his just vallew. As to a good cause, doutless, they had satisfied themselves as to that, ells what were

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