I can find no evidence of a deliberate
conspiracy on the part of all the tribes.
The commencement of war was accidental; many of the Indians were in a maze, not knowing what to do, and ready to stand for the English
sure proof of no ripened conspiracy.
But to many tribes there were common griefs; they had the same recollections, and the same fears; and, when they met, could not but complain of their common lot. When the young warriors came together, how could they fail to regret the ancient domains of their fathers?
Their haughty spirit spurned the English
claim of jurisdiction; and they were indignant, that Indian chiefs or warriors should be arraigned before a jury.
And what, in their eyes, were paper deeds, the seals and signatures, of which they could not comprehend the binding force?
And when the expressions of common passion were repeated by an Indian talebearer, fear magnified the plans of the tribes into an organized scheme of resistance.
The haughty chieftain, who had once before been compelled to surrender his ‘English arms,’ and pay an onerous tribute, was summoned to submit to an
examination, and could not escape suspicion.
The wrath of his tribe was roused, and the informer was murdered.
The murderers in their turn were identified, seized, tried by a jury, of which one half were Indians
, and, on conviction, were hanged.
The young men of the tribe panted for revenge; without delay eight or nine of the English
were slain in or about Swansey;
and the alarm of war spread through the colonies.
Thus was Philip hurried into ‘his rebellion;’ and he is reported to have wept2
as he heard that a white