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[They seldom hazzard a battel.] Heretofore for bringing the head of an Enemy, the King used to gratify them with some reward, but now the fashion is almost out of use.  The ordering of their battel is with great security, there being very few lost in Fight.  For if they be not almost sure to win the battel, they had rather not fight, than run any hazzard of loosing it.

[If they prove unsuccessful, how he punishes them.] If his men do not successfully accomplish the design he sends them upon, to be sure they shall have a lusty piece of work given them, to take revenge on them; for not using their weapons well he will exercise them with other tools houghs and pickaxes, about his Palace.  And during the time they stay to work, they must bring their Victuals with them not having monies there to buy:  They cannot carry for above one month, and when their Provisions are all spent, if they will have any more, they must go home and fetch them.  But that is not permitted them without giving a Fee to the Governour or his Overseer.  Neither can they go without his leave, for besides the punishment, the Watches which are in every Road from the Kings City will stop and seize them.

CHAP.  VII.

A Relation of the Rebellion made against the King.

[A Comet ushered in the Rebellion.] For the Conclusion of this Part, it will not be improper to relate here a dangerous rising of the People against the King.  It happened in the year 1664.  About which time appeared a fearful Blazing-Star.  Just at the Instant of the Rebellion, the Star was right over our heads.  And one thing I very much wondred, at, which was that whereas before this Rebellion, the Tail stood away toward the Westward from which side the Rebellion sprung, the very night after (for I very well observed it) the Tail was turned and stood away toward the Eastward.  And by degrees it diminished quite away.

[The intent of the Conspirators.] At this time, I say, the people of this land, having been long and sore oppressed by this Kings unreasonable and cruel Government, had contrived a Plot against him.  Which was to assault the Kings Court in the night, and to slay him, and to make the Prince his Son, King.  He being then some twelve or fifteen years of age, who was then with his Mother the Queen in the City of Cande.  At this time the King held his Court in a City called Nillemby.  The Situation of which is far inferior to that of Cande, and as far beyond that of Digligy where he now is.  Nillemby lyeth some fourteen miles southward of the City of Cande.  In the place where this City stands it is reported by Tradition an Hare gave chase after a Dog, upon which it was concluded that place was fortunate, and so indeed it proved to the King.  It is invironed with Hills and Woods.

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