Since my last of the 7th the Rebels after a shameful defeat in their wicked attempt against the Governor and council dispersed themselves, some fled into Virginia where there will be met with, others have absconded, but so as to be ready at a call, the Governor of Virginia is expected in by Land with forces, & Captain Smith commander of Her Majesty's Ship the Enterprize Guard Ship in Virginia brings with him a sloop and Marines, so that there will be search made for the enemies,l Hyde & his council & have the whole management of affairs in their own power. If the proprietors are so negligent of us surely the Society will interpose & engage the Queen to take us under her protection. otherwise there will be little hopes of establishing the Church or any good order. I have been dreadfully threatened by them, & if they prevail must not expect to stay here. Madm Hyde the Governors Lady with Mr Knight Secretary of this Government came over with the same Ships. She has a copy of all proceedings as sent to the proprietors which is to be given to my Lord Rochester who will doubtless acquaint her Majesty's privy council therewith. I told you in my last, I think that several Quakers have arms, and more are ready so to do, & if that will not do, they threaten to bring in the Indians upon us. Danson sent hither from England one Roach with some goods, & a dozen or 14 Great Guns & ammunition under pretence of building a Ship, but 'tis verily believed were designed for our Ruin many of them were mounted on Board a Brigantine which was manned by the Rebels with small arms, but upon their dispersing was since taken by our forces with 3 men only in her, & all the Great Guns & ammunition this is a considerable addition to our strength & now many who were intimidated by the audacious impudence & cruel menaces of the Rascals, now daily join the Governor: & others who were for the adversaries are disheartened from acting against us, so that at present, things have a better face, & we shall I hope be in quiet till News England except Coll Hyde have a commission from the Queen, he will either be turned out or not obeyed so great is Danson's influence over the rest of the proprietors, these are with all humble respects to the Honorable Society from,
P. S.—As for the Rebels I am not much concerned, but 'tis grievious to here the complaints of the poor men & families, who have been so long in arms that they have lost their crops & will want bread, the ravage & plunder the enemies have committed has ruined others.—another instance of the Quakers Knavery I cannot omit which concerns you to Knowe as having been commissioner for the Palatines. Baron Graffenreid with his people must have starved, if not supplied by others here, He had anld & Indians designed to destroy them & all they had such encouragement do the proprietors give people to come into their colony. I have written a very tart Letter to Sir John Colleton a proprietor concerning all matters whether pleased or displeased, it matters not the proprietors promised me all friendship & favor. but as yet never shewed any & I believe never will.