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quiet for a while.
After the death of Bellomont (March 5, 1701), John Nanfan, his lieutenant, ruled for a while.
Nanfan favored the democratic party.
As soon as it was known that Lord Cornbury (q. v.), a thorough aristocrat and royalist, had been appointed governor, Bayard and his party heaped abuse not only upon the dead Bellomont, but upon Nanfan.
The latter saw that Bayard was on the verge of a pit which he had digged himself, and he pushed him into it. Bayard had procured an act, in 1691, aimed at Leisler and his supporters, providing that any person who should in any manner endeavor to disturb the government of the colony should be deemed rebels and traitors unto their majesties, and should incur the pains and penalties of the laws of England for such offence.
Bayard was arrested on a charge of treason, tried, convicted, and received the horrid sentence then imposed by the English law upon traitors—to be hanged, quartered, etc. Bayard applied for a reprieve until his Majest