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    A Mid-19th Century Copy of a Contemporary Account of Bacon's Rebellion and William Berkeley's List of Executed Rebels. 27 pages in 7 disbound bifolia, no place, October 1847, in an unknown hand, ink. This interesting document recounts Bacon's Rebellion in 1675-76. Titled "The Beginning, Progress, and conclusion of Bacons rebellion in Virginia, in the years 1675 and 1676", the document begins: "About the year 1675, appear'd three prodigies in that Country which from the attending disasters were look'd upon as ominous presages. The one was a large comet, every evening for a week or more at the south-west...Another was fflights of pigeons, in breadth nigh a quarter of the midhemisphere, and of their length there was no visible end...The third strange appearance was swarms of fflyes about an inch long, and as big as the top of a man's little finger...My dwelling was in Northumberland, the lowest County on Potomack river, Stafford being the uppermost, where having also a plantation servants cattle &c. my overseer there had [agreed] with one Robt. Hen, to come thither and be my herdsman, who then lived ten miles above it, but on a Sabbath day morning in the summer anno 1675 people in their way to church, saw this Hen lying thwart his threshold, and an Indian without the door, both chopt on their heads, arms, and other parts - as if done with Indian hatchets the Indian was dead, but Hen when asked who did that? answered Doegs, Doegs and soon died - when a boy came out from under a bed where he had hid himself and told them that Indians had come at break of day and done these murders...ffrom this Englishman's blood did (by degrees) arise Bacon's rebellion with the following mischiefs, which overspread all Virginia and twice endangered Maryland, as by the ensuing account is evident of this horrid action..." The following pages describe in detail a first-hand account of the particulars of Bacon's Rebellion, up to and including Nathaniel Bacon's death. Bacon died of tuberculosis on October 26, 1676, and as a result, his rebellion collapsed. The last two pages here are Governor William Berkeley's "List of those that have been executed for the late rebellion in Virginia", including those Berkeley "Condemned at my house, and executed when Bacon lay before Jamestown." Both of these accounts are mid 19th century handwritten copies of known historical documents relating to Bacon's popular uprising in Virginia in 1676. The documents are in mostly very good or better condition, with some fold tears and paper loss at the left edges of the document.

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