John Cotton wrote about the events of(1676–1677). Little is known about Cotton before 1657, when he witnessed a will in York County with his wife, . He owned a plantation on Queen’s Creek and often acted as an agent and attorney in the local courts. He was in early in June 1676 when the governor arrested and released , after he had attacked a group of Virginia Indians. It is not known whether Cotton witnessed all the events he wrote about in his long narrative of the rebellion. His name is not attached to any surviving documents signed by Bacon’s supporters nor on the official list of those who suffered property losses as a consequence of their support for the governor. Cotton last appears in the York County records in 1683, but the date and place of his death are unknown. Passed down through the Burwell family, Cotton’s narrative was first published in 1814 in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.