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Jamestown, N. Y. (New York, United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
ins with unglazed windows. There were no villages. At the time, Jamestown, the capital, consisted of only a church, a State-house, and eighander-in-chief of the Virginia forces. With these he appeared at Jamestown. and demanded his commission. Regarding the movement as revolutbroken straw. The child that is unborn The old Church Tower at Jamestown, in 1850. shall have cause to rejoice for the good that will comethe governor sailed with five slips and ten sloops, and landed at Jamestown early in September, 1676, where, after piously offering thanksgivf a considerable host of patriotic Virginians, he marched towards Jamestown, seizing by the way as hostages the wives of loyalists who were wmpelled the indignant governor to follow them, when Bacon entered Jamestown, and assumed the reins of civil power. Very soon he was startled royalists who oppposed him. The malaria from the marshes around Jamestown in September had poisoned his blood, and on Oct. 11, 1676, he die
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
until midnight. Bacon's eloquence and logic led them to take an oath to support their leader in subduing the Indians and in preventing civil war; and again he went against the barbarians. The governor, alarmed by the proceedings at the Middle Plantation, tied, with his council, to the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, where, by promises of booty, he tried to raise an army among the inhabitants and the seamen of English vessels there. William Drummond, who had been the first governor of North Carolina, with his brave and patriotic wife, Sarah, was then with Bacon. Mrs. Drummond did much to incite the Virginians to go on in the path of revolution, and she was denounced as a notorious, wicked rebel. Her husband proposed to Bacon to proclaim government in the colony abdicated by Berkeley on account of his act. It was suggested that a power would come from England that would ruin the republicans in the colony. Sarah snatched up a small stick from the ground, and exclaimed, I fear the p
York (Virginia, United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
their own defence. They were soon embodied in military force, and chose Bacon as their general. He asked the governor to give him a commission as such. but was refused; and Bacon marched against the Indians without it. Before he had reached York River, the governor proclaimed him a rebel, and ordered his followers to disperse. A greater portion of them followed Bacon's standard. and the expedition pushed forward: while the lower settlements arose in insurrection, and demanded an immediate y a Virginia rebel, Thomas Jefferson (q. v.), proclaimed the English-American colonies free and independent States. Bacon, so encouraged, immediately marched against the Indians. The faithless governor, relieved of his presence, crossed the York River, called a convention of the inhabitants of Gloucester county. and proposed to proclaim Bacon a traitor. The convention refused to do so, when the haughty baronet issued such a proclamation on his own responsibility. in spite of their remonst
Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
Bacon, Nathaniel, 1642- Patriot; born in Suffolk, England, Jan. 2, 1642. He was educated at the Inns of Court. London: came to America with a considerable fortune in 1670; settled in Gloucester county. Va., and owned a large estate high up on the James River. A lawyer by profession and eloquent in speech, he easily exercised great influence over the people. He became a member of the council in 1672. He was a republican in sentiment; and. strongly opposing the views and public conduct of Governor Berkeley, the stanch loyalist. he stirred up the people to rebellion. Berkeley, who was very popular at first, had become tyrannical and oppressive as an uncompromising royalist and rigorous executor of his royal master's will. At the same time republicanism had begun a vigorous growth among the people of Virginia; but it was repressed somewhat by a majority of royalists in the House of Burgesses; and the council were as pliant tools of Berkeley as any courtiers who paid homage to
Chesapeake Bay (United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
revolution. He invited the Virginians to meet in convention at the Middle Plantation. The best men in the colony were there. They debated and deliberated on a warm August day from noon until midnight. Bacon's eloquence and logic led them to take an oath to support their leader in subduing the Indians and in preventing civil war; and again he went against the barbarians. The governor, alarmed by the proceedings at the Middle Plantation, tied, with his council, to the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, where, by promises of booty, he tried to raise an army among the inhabitants and the seamen of English vessels there. William Drummond, who had been the first governor of North Carolina, with his brave and patriotic wife, Sarah, was then with Bacon. Mrs. Drummond did much to incite the Virginians to go on in the path of revolution, and she was denounced as a notorious, wicked rebel. Her husband proposed to Bacon to proclaim government in the colony abdicated by Berkeley on account of
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
igation laws oppressive to colonial commerce: and the marriage laws, and the elective and other franchises, were modified, abridged. or abolished. The Church of England was made supreme, and was an instrument of persecution in the hands of the dominant party, in attempts to drive Baptists, Quakers, and Puritans out of Virginia. el. Her husband proposed to Bacon to proclaim government in the colony abdicated by Berkeley on account of his act. It was suggested that a power would come from England that would ruin the republicans in the colony. Sarah snatched up a small stick from the ground, and exclaimed, I fear the power of England no more than a broken England no more than a broken straw. The child that is unborn The old Church Tower at Jamestown, in 1850. shall have cause to rejoice for the good that will come by the rising of the country. The proclamation of abdication was made, on the ground that the governor was fomenting civil war: and writs were issued for a representative convention. Meanwhile B
Pamunkey (Virginia, United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
can colonies free and independent States. Bacon, so encouraged, immediately marched against the Indians. The faithless governor, relieved of his presence, crossed the York River, called a convention of the inhabitants of Gloucester county. and proposed to proclaim Bacon a traitor. The convention refused to do so, when the haughty baronet issued such a proclamation on his own responsibility. in spite of their remonstrances. The news of this perfidy reached Bacon at his camp on the Pamunky River. He addressed his followers with much warmth. saying, It vexes me to the heart that. while I am hunting the wolves and tigers that destroy our lands, I should myself be pursued as a savage. Shall persons wholly devoted to their King and country-men who hazard their lives against the public enemy — deserve the appellation of rebels and traitors ? The whole country is witness to our peaceable behavior. But those in authority, how have they obtained their estates? Have they not de
Williamsburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
ew House represented the popular will. They gave Bacon a commission as general. but Berkeley refused to sign it. Some of the Assembly supported the governor in the matter, when Bacon. fearing treachery, retired to the Middle plantation (now Williamsburg), where 500 followers proclaimed him commander-in-chief of the Virginia forces. With these he appeared at Jamestown. and demanded his commission. Regarding the movement as revolutionary. the governor again refused to sign it. The sturdy ol he died of malignant fever. His followers made but feeble resistance thereafter; and before November Berkeley returned to the Peninsula and resumed the functions of government at the Middle Plantation, which was made the capital of Virginia (Williamsburg). Bacon had failed; yet those do not fail who die in a good cause. His name is embalmed in history as a rebel; had he succeeded, he would have been immortalized as a patriot. His principal followers were very harshly treated by the soured gov
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
athaniel, 1642- Patriot; born in Suffolk, England, Jan. 2, 1642. He was educated at the Inns of Court. London: came to America with a considerable fortune in 1670; settled in Gloucester county. Va., and owned a large estate high up on the James River. A lawyer by profession and eloquent in speech, he easily exercised great influence over the people. He became a member of the council in 1672. He was a republican in sentiment; and. strongly opposing the views and public conduct of Governour-trade with the barbarians, treated the latter leniently. Six chiefs. who had come to camp to treat for peace, were treacherously slain by Englishmen. The wrathful savages strewed their pathway, in the country between the Rappahannock and James rivers, with the dead bodies of ten Englishmen for every chief that was treacherously murdered, and blackened its face with fire. The supineness of the governor increased the sense of insecurity among the people, and a deputation headed by Bacon pe
Gloucester (United Kingdom) (search for this): entry bacon-nathaniel
riot; born in Suffolk, England, Jan. 2, 1642. He was educated at the Inns of Court. London: came to America with a considerable fortune in 1670; settled in Gloucester county. Va., and owned a large estate high up on the James River. A lawyer by profession and eloquent in speech, he easily exercised great influence over the peoplimmediately marched against the Indians. The faithless governor, relieved of his presence, crossed the York River, called a convention of the inhabitants of Gloucester county. and proposed to proclaim Bacon a traitor. The convention refused to do so, when the haughty baronet issued such a proclamation on his own responsibility. en Bacon hastened to meet the approaching royalists, who, not disposed to fight, deserted their leader and joined the rebels. At the same time the royalists of Gloucester yielded their allegiance to Racon, and he resolved to cross the Chesapeake and drive the royalists and Berkeley from Virginia. His plans were suddenly frustrat
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