An Account of Our Late Troubles in Virginia
One of the earliest personal accounts of Bacon's Rebellion is contained in this eleven-page tract entitled "An Account of Our Late Troubles in Virginia. Written in 1676, By Mrs. An. Cotton, of Q. Creeke." Ann Cotton was the wife of John Cotton, an attorney who, for a time, owned a plantation on Queen's Creek in York County; he also wrote an account of the rebellion which his wife shortened and to which she added a good many parenthetical references. Ann Cotton's highly personal version of events was contained in a letter that was intended for a friend in England. That letter was first published without a note on its provenance on September 12, 1804, in the Richmond Enquirer; it was subsequently reprinted in 1835 and included in the first volume of Peter Force's influential compendium Tracts and Other Papers, Relating Principally to the Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America.