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a promise, he went a volunteer with the Earl of being deprived of a prince whose example would have Essex.
had a greater influence upon the manners and piety From the entrance into this unnatural war, his of the nation, than the most strict laws can have. To natural cheerfulness and vivacity grew clouded, and a speak first of his private qualifications as a man, bekind of sadness and dejection of spirit stole upon him, fore the mention of his princely and royal virtues; he which he had never been used to; yet being one of was, if ever any, the most worthy of the title of an those who believed that one battle would end all dif- honest man; so great a lover of justice, that no tempferences, and that there would be so great a victory on tation could dispose him to a wrongful action, except one side that the other would be compelled to submit it was so disguised to him that he believed it to be to any conditions from the victor (which supposition just. He had a tenderness and compassion of nature and conclusion generally sunk into the minds of most which restrained him from ever doing a hard-hearted men, and prevented the looking after many advan- thing; and, therefore, he was so apt to grant pardon tages that might then have been laid hold of), he re- to malefactors, that the judges of the land represented sisted those indispositions. But after the king's return to him the damage and insecurity to the public that from Brentford, and the furious resolution of the two flowed from such his indulgence. And then he rehouses not to admit any treaty for peace, those indis- strained himself from pardoning either murders or positions which had before touched him grew into a highway robberies, and quickly discerned the fruits perfect habit of uncheerfulness; and he who had been of his severity by a wonderful reformation of those 80 exactly easy and affable to all men, that his face enormities. He was very punctual and regular in his and countenance was always present and vacant to devotions; he was never known to enter upon his rehis company, and held any cloudiness and less plea-creations or sports, though never so early in the mornsantness of the visage a kind of rudeness or incivility, ing, before he had been at public prayers ; so that on became on a sudden less communicable; and thence hunting days, his chaplains were bound to a very early very sad, pale, and exceedingly affected with the attendance. He was likewise very strict in observing spleen. In his clothes and habit, which he had minded the hours of his private cabinet devotions, and was before always with more neatness, and industry, and so severe an exacter of gravity and reverence in all expense, than is usual to so great a soul, he was not mention of religion, that he could never endure any now only incurious, but too negligent; and in his re- | light or profane word, with what sharpness of wit soception of suitors, and the necessary or casual ad ever it was covered ; and though he was well pleased dresses to his place, so quick, and sharp, and severe, and delighted with reading verses made upon any octhat there wanted not some men (strangers to his casion, no man durst bring before him anything that nature and disposition) who believed him proud and was profane or unclean. That kind of wit had never imperious; from which no mortal man was ever more any countenance then. He was so great an example free.
of conjugal affection, that they who did not imitate When there was any overture or hope of peace, he him in that particular, durst not brag of their liberty; would be more erect and vigorous, and exceedingly and he did not only permit, but direct his bishops to solicitous to press anything which he thought might prosecute those scandalous vices, in the ecclesiastical promote it; and sitting among his friends, often after courts, against persons of eminence, and near relation a deep silence, and frequent sighs, would, with a shrill to his service. and sad accent, ingeminate the word Peace, Peace; His kingly virtues had some mixture and allay that and would passionately profess, that the very agony | hindered them from shining in full lustre, and from of the rar, and the view of the calamities and desola producing those fruits they should have been attended tion the kingdom did and must endure, took his sleep with. He was not in his nature very bountiful, though from him, and would shortly break his heart.' This he gave very much. This appeared more after the made some think, or pretend to think, that he was Duke of Buckingham's death, after which those showers so much enamoured of peace, that he would have been fell very rarely; and he paused too long in giving, glad the king should have bought it at any price;' which made those to whom he gave less sensible of the which was a most unreasonable calumny. As if a man bencfit. He kept state to the full, which made his that was himself the most punctual and precise in court very orderly, no man presuming to be seen in a every circumstance that might reflect upon conscience place where he had no pretence to be. He saw and or honour, could have wished the king to have com observed men long before he received them about his mitted a trespass against either. *
person; and did not love strangers, nor very confident In the morning before the battle, as always upon men. He was a patient hearer of causes, which he action, he was very cheerful, and put himself into the frequently accustomed himself to at the council board, first rank of the Lord Byron's regiment, then advanc- and judged very well, and was dexterous in the mediing upon the enemy, who had lined the hedges on both ating part; so that he often put an end to causes by sides with musketeers; from whence he was shot with persuasion, which the stubbornness of men's humours q musket in the lower part of the belly, and in the made dilatory in courts of justice. instant falling from his horse, his body was not found He was very fearless in his person ; but, in his riper till the next morning; till when, there was some hope years, not very enterprising. He had an excellent he might have been a prisoner, though his nearest understanding, but was not confident enough of it ; friends, who knew his temper, received small comfort which made him oftentimes change his own opinion from that imagination. Thus fell that incomparable for a worse, and follow the advice of men that did not young man, in the four-and-thirtieth year of his age, I judge so well as himself. This made him more irre
ng so much despatched the true business of life.solute than the conjuncture of his affairs would adthat the eldest rarely attain to that immense know mit; if he had been of a rougher and more imperious ledge, and the youngest enter not into the world with nature, he would have found more respect and duty. more innocency: whosoever leads such a life, needs be And his not applying some severe cures to approachthe less anxious upon how short warning it is taken ing evils proceeded from the lenity of his nature, and from him.
the tenderness of his conscience, which, in all cases of
blood, made him choose the softer way, and not hcarken [Character of Charles I.]
to severe counsels, how reasonably soever urged. This
only restrained him from pursuing his advantage in But it will not be unnecessary to add a short cha- the first Scottish expedition, when, humanly speaking, racter of his person, that posterity may know the in- he might have reduced that nation to the most «ntire estimable loss which the nation then underwent, in obedience that could have been wished. But no man
can say he had then many who advised him to it, but Scotland, which yet he could not reasonably promise the contrary, by a wonderful indisposition all his to himself in that company. But when the night council had to the war or any other fatigue. He was covered them, he found means to withdraw himself always a great lover of the Scottish nation, having not with one or two of his own servants, whom he likewise only been born there, but educated by that people, discharged when it begun to be light; and after be and besieged by them always, having few English had inade them cut off his hair, he betook himself about him till he was king; and the najor number alone into an adjacent wood, and relied only upon of his servants being still of that nation, who he | Him for his preservation who alone could, and did thought could never fail him. And among these, no miraculously deliver him. man had such an ascendant over him, by the humblest! When it was morning, and the troops which had insinuations, as Duke Hamilton had.
marched all night, and who knew that when it begun As he excelled in all other virtues, so in temperance to be dark the king was with them, found now that he was so strict, that he abhorred all debauchery to he was not there, they cared less for each other's cornthat degree, that, at a great festival solemnity, where pany; and most of them who were English separated he once was, when very many of the nobility of the themselves, and went into other roads; and wherever English and Scots were entertained, being told by one twenty horse appeared of the country, which was now who withdrew from thence, what vast draughts of wine awake, and upon their guard to stop and arrest the they drank, and that there was one earl who had runaways, the whole body of the Scottish horse would drank most of the rest down, and was not himself | fly, and run several ways; and twenty of them would moved or altered,' the king said, that he deserved to give themselves prisoners to two country fellows; howbe hanged ;' and that earl coming shortly after into ever, David Lesley reached Yorkshire with above fifthe room where his majesty was, in some gaiety, to teen hundred horse in a body. But the jealousies inshow how unhurt he was from that battle, the king creased every day; and those of his own country were sent one to bid him withdraw from his majesty's pre so unsatisfied with his whole conduct and behaviour, sence ; nor did he in some days after appear before that they did, that is, many of them, believe that he
was corrupted by Cromwell ; and the rest, who did So many miraculous circumstances contributed to not think so, believed him not to understand his prohis ruin, that men might well think that heaven and |fession, in which he had been bred from his cradle. earth conspired it. Though he was, from the first When he was in his flight, considering one morning declension of his power, so much betrayed by his own with the principal persons which way they should servants, that there were very few who remained faith-take, some proposed this and others that way, Sir ful to him, yet that treachery proceeded not always William Armorer asked him, which way he thought from any treasonable purpose to do him any harm, best ?' which, when he had named, the other said, he but from particular and personal animosities against would then go the other; for, he swore, he had be. other men. And afterwards, the terror all men were trayed the king and the army all the time; and so under of the parliament, and the guilt they were con- | left him. scious of themselves, made them watch all opportu- ! It is great pity that there was never a journal made
ties to make themselves gracious to those who could of that miraculous deliverance, in which there might do them good ; and so they became spies upon their be seen so many visible impressions of the immediate master, and from one piece of knavery were hardened hand of God. When the darkness of the night was and confirmed to undertake another, till at last they over, after the king had cast himself into that wood, had no hope of preservation but by the destruction of he discerned another man, who had gotten upon an their master. And after all this, when a man might oak in the same wood, near the place where the king reasonably believe tbat less than a universal defection had rested himself, and had slept soundly. The man of three nations could not have reduced a great king upon the tree bad first seen the king, and knew him, to so ugly a fate, it is most certain that, in that very and came down to him, and was known to the king, hour, when he was thus wickedly murdered in the being a gentleman of the neighbour county of Stafsight of the sun, he had as great a share in the hearts fordshire, who had served his late majesty during the and affections of his subjects in general, was as much war, and had now been one of the few who resorted to beloved, esteemed, and longed for by the people in the king after his coming to Worcester. His name general of the three nations, as any of his predecessors was Careless, who had had a command of foot, about had ever been. To conclude, he was the worthiest the degree of a captain, under the Lord Loughborough. gentleman, the best master, the best friend, the best | He persuaded the king, since it could not be safe for husband, the best father, and the best Christian, that him to go out of the wood, and that, as soon as it the age in which he lived produced. And if he were should be fully light, the wood itself would probably not the greatest king, if he were without some parts be visited by those of the country, who would be and qualities which have made some kings great and searching to find those whom they might make prihappy, no other prince was ever unhappy who was soners, that he would get up into that tree where he possessed of half his virtues and endowments, and so had been, where the boughs were so thick with leaves much without any kind of vice.
that a man would not be discovered there without a
narrower inquiry than people usually make in places [Escape of Charles II. after the Battle of Worcester.*] | which they do not suspect. The king thought it good
counsel, and, with the other's help, climbed into the Though the king could not get a body of horse to
tree, and then helped his companion to ascend after fight, he could have too many to fly with him; and
him, where they sat all that day, and securely saw he had not been many hours from Worcester, when
many who came purposely into the wood to look after he found about him near, if not above, four thousand
them, and heard all their discourse, how they would of his horse. There was David Lesley with all his own
use the king himself if they could take him. This equipage, as if he had not fled upon the sudden ; so
wood was either in or upon the borders of Staffordthat good order, and regularity, and obedience, might yet have made a retreat even into Scotland itself.
shire; and though there was a highway near one
side of it, where the king had entered into it, yet it But there was paleness in every man's looks, and jealousy and confusion in their faces; and scarce any
was large, and all other sides of it opened amongst
inclosures, and Careless was not unacquainted with thing could worse befall the king than a return into
the neighbour villages ; and it was part of the king's * The particulars of this escape are here narrated as the good fortune that this gentleman, by being a Roauthor had them from the king himself.'
Iman Catholic, was acquainted with those of that pro
fession of all degrees, who had the best opportuni- his shirt too, and took the same his poor host had then ties of concealing him ; for it must never be denied, on. Though he had foreseen that he must leave his that some of that religion had a very great share in boots, and his landlord had taken the best care he his majesty's preservation.
could to provide an old pair of shoes, yet they were The day being spent in the tree, it was not in the not easy to him when he first put them on, and, in a king's power to forget that he had lived two days with short time after, grew very grievous to him. In this eating very little, and two nights with as little sleep; equipage he set out from his first lodging in the beso that, when the night came, he was willing to make ginning of the night, under the conduct of this guide, some provision for both; and he resolved, with the who guided him the nearest way, crossing over hedges advice and assistance of his companion, to leave his and ditches, that they might be in least danger of blessed tree; and, when the night was dark, they meeting passengers. This was so grievous a march, walked through the wood into those inclosures which and he was so tired, that he was even ready to despair, were farthest from any highway, and making a shift and to prefer being taken and suffered to rest, before to get over hedges and ditches, after walking at least purchasing his safety at that price. His shoes had, eight or nine miles, which were the more grievous to after a few miles, hurt him so much, that he had the king by the weight of his boots (for he could not thrown them away, and walked the rest of the way in put them off when he cut off his hair, for want of his ill stockings, which were quickly worn out; and shoes), before morning they came to a poor cottage, his feet, with the thorns in getting over hedges, and the owner whereof, being a Roman Catholic, was known with the stones in other places, were so hurt and to Careless. He was called up, and as soon as he wounded, that he many times cast himself upon the knew one of them, he easily concluded in what condi- ground, with a desperate and obstinate resolution to tion they both were, and presently carried them into rest there till the morning, that he might shift with a little barn full of bay, which was a better lodging less torment, what hazard soever he run. But his than he bad for himself. But when they were there, stout guide still prevailed with him to make a new and had conferred with their host of the news and attempt, sometimes promising that the way should be temper of the country, it was agreed that the danger better, and sometimes assuring him that he had but would be the greater if they stayed together; and, little farther to go; and in this distress and perplexity, therefore, that Careless should presently be gone, and before the morning they arrived at the house designed ; should, within two days, send an honest man to the which, though it was better than that which he had king, to guide him to some other place of security ; left, his lodging was still in the barn, upon straw and in the mean time his majesty should stay upon instead of hay, a place being made as easy in it as the the hay-mow. The poor man had nothing for him to expectation of a guest could dispose it. Here he had eat, but promised him good butter-milk; and so he such meat and porridge as such people use to have, was once more left alone, his companion, how weary with which, but especially with the butter and the soever, departing from him before day, the poor man cheese, he thought himself well feasted; and took the of the house knowing no more than that he was a best care he could to be supplied with other, little friend of the captain's, and one of those who had better, shoes and stockings; and after his feet were escaped from Worcester. The king slept very well in enough recovered that he could go, he was conducted his lodging, till the time that his host brought him a from thence to another poor house, within such a dispiece of bread, and a great pot of butter-milk, which tance as put him not to much trouble ; for having not he thought the best food he ever had eaten. The poor yet in his thought which way or by what means to man spoke very intelligently to him of the country, make his escape, all that was designed was only, by and of the people who were well or ill affected to the and of the noonle who were well or ill affected to the l shifting from one house to another. to avoid discovery. king, and of the great fear and terror that possessed And being now in that quarter which was more inthe bearts of those who were best affected. lle told habited by the Roman Catholics than most other parts him, that he himself lived by his daily labour, and in England, he was led from one to anotner of that that what he had brought him was the fare he and persuasion, and concealed with great fidelity. But he his wife had ; and that he feared, if he should endea- | then observed that he was never carried to any gentlevour to procure better, it might draw suspicion upon man's house, though that country was full of them, him, and people might be apt to think he had some- but only to poor houses of poor men, which only body with him that was not of his own family. How- yielded him rest with very unpleasant sustenance ; ever, if he would have him get some meat, he would whether there was more danger in those better houses, do it; but if he could bear this hard diet, he should in regard of the resort and the many servants, or have enough of the milk, and some of the butter that whether the owners of great estates were the owners was made with it.' The king was satisfied with his likewise of more fears and apprehensions. reason, and would not run the hazard for a change of Within few days, a very honest and discreet person, diet; desired only the man that he might have his one Mr Hudleston, a Benedictine monk, who attended company as often and as much as he could give it the service of the Roman Catholics in those parts, him; there being the same reason against the poor came to him, sent by Careless, and was a very great man's discontinuing his labour, as the alteration of assistance and comfort to him. And when the places his fare.
to which he carried him were at too great a distance After he had rested upon this hay-mow and fed to walk, he provided him a horse, and more proper upon this diet two days and two nights, in the even- habit than the rags he wore. This man told him, ing before the third night, another fellow, a little that the Lord Wilmot lay concealed likewise in a above the condition of his host, came to the house, friend's house of his, which his majesty was very glad sent from Careless, to conduct the king to another of, and wished him to contrive some means how they house, more out of any road near which any part of might speak together,' which the other easily did; the army was like to march. It was above twelve and, within a night or two, brought them into one miles that he was to go, and was to use the same place. Wilmot told the king that he had by very caution he had done the first night, not to go in any good fortune fallen into the house of an honest gentlecommon road, which his guide knew well how to man, one Mr Lane, a person of an excellent reputaavoid. Here he new dressed himself, changing clothes tion for his fidelity to the king, but of so universal with his landlord ; he had a great mind to have kept and general a good name, that, though he had a son his own shirt; but he considered, that men are not who had been a colonel in the king's service during sooner discovered by any mark in disguises than by the late war, and was then upon his way with inen to having fine linen in ill clothes, and so he parted with | Worcester, the very day of the defeat, men of all affer
tions in the country, and of all opinions, paid the old bours, and those who inhabited near them, but, upon man a very great respect; that he had been very conference with their friends, could choose fit houses, civilly treated there; and that the old gentleman had at any distance, to repose themselves in security, from used some diligence to find out where the king was, one end of the kingdom to another, without trusting that he might get him to his house, where, he was the hospitality of a common inn; and men were very sure, he could conceal him till he might contrive a rarely deceived in their confidence upon such occafull deliverance. He told him, he had withdrawnsions; but the persons with whom they were at any from that house, in hope that he might, in some time, could conduct them to another house of the same other place, discover where his majesty was; and har- affection. ing now happily found him, advised him to repair to Mr Lane had a niece, or very near kinswoman, who that house, which stood not near any other.'
was married to a gentleman, one Mr Norton, a person The king inquired of the monk of the reputation of of eight or nine hundred pounds per annum, who this gentleman, who told him, 'that he had a fair lived within four or five miles of Bristol, which was estate, was exceedingly belored, and the eldest justice at least four or five days' journey from the place where of peace of that county of Stafford; and though he the king then was, but a place most to be wished for was a very zealous Protestant, yet he lived with so the king to be in, because he did not only know all * much civility and candour towards the Catholics, that that country very well, but knew many persons also they would all trust him as much as they would do any to whom, in an extraordinary case, he durst make of their own profession; and that he could not think of himself known. It was hereupon resolved that Mrs any place of so good repose and security for his ma- Lane should visit this cousin, who was known to be jesty's repair to.' The king liked the proposition, yet of good affections, and that she should ride behind thought not fit to surprise the gentleman, but sent the king, who was fitted with clothes and boots for Wilmot thither again, to assure himself that he might such a service; and that a servant of her father's, in be received there, and was willing that he should his livery, should wait upon her. A good house was know what guest he received ; which hitherto was so easily pitched upon for the first night's lodging, where much concealed, that none of the houses where he had | Wilmot had notice given him to meet; and in this yet been, knew or seemed to suspect more than that equipage the king began his journey, the colonel keephe was one of the king's party that fled from Wor-ing him company at a distance, with a hawk upon his cester. The monk carried him to a house at a reason fist, and two or three spaniels, which, where there able distance, where he was to expect an account from were any fields at hand, warranted him to ride out of the Lord Wilmot, who returned very punctually, with the way, keeping his company still in his eye, and not as much assurance of welcome as he could wish. seeming to be of it. In this manner they came to And so they two went together to Mr Lane's house, their first night's lodging; and they need not now where the king found he was welcome, and conveni contrive to come to their journey's end about the ently accommodated in such places as in a large house close of the evening, for it was in the month of Ochad been provided to conceal the persons of malig- tober far advanced, that the long journeys they made nants, or to preserve goods of value from being plun. could not be despatched sooner. Here the Lord Wil. dered. Here he lodged and ate very well, and began mot found them, and their journeys being then adto hope that he was in present safety. Wilmot re- justed, he was instructed where he should be every turned under the care of the monk, and expected | night; so they were seldom seen together in the jour. summons when any farther motion should be thought ney, and rarely lodged in the same house at night. to be necessary.
| In this manner the colonel hawked two or three days. In this station the king remained in quiet and till he had brought them within less than a day's blessed security many days, receiving every day in journey of Mr Norton's house, and then he gave his formation of the general consternation the kingdom hawk to the Lord Wilmot, who continued the journey was in. out of the apprehension that his person might in the same exercise. fall into the hands of his enemies, and of the great! There was great care taken when they came to any diligence they used to inquire for him. He saw the house, that the king might be presently carried into proclamation that was issued out and printed, in some chamber, Mrs Lane declaring that he was a which a thousand pounds were promised to any man neighbour's son, whom his father had lent her to ride who would deliver and discover the person of Charles before her, in hope that he would the sooner recover Stuart, and the penalty of high treason declared against from a quartan ague, with which he had been miserthose who presumed to harbour or conceal him, by ably afficted, and was not yet free.' And by this which he saw how much he was beholden to all those artifice she caused a good bed to be still provided for who were faithful to him. It was now time to con- him, and the best meat to be sent, which she often sider how he might get near the sea, from whence he carried herself, to hinder others from doing it. There might find some means to transport himself; and he was no resting in any place till they came to Mr Norwas now near the middle of the kingdom, saving that ton's, nor anything extraordinary that happened in it was a little more northward, where he was utterly the way, save that they met many people every day unacquainted with all the ports, and with that coast. in the way, who were very well known to the king; In the west he was best acquainted, and that coast and the day that they went to Mr Norton's, they was most proper to transport him into France, to which were necessarily to ride quite through the city of he was inclined. Upon this matter he communicated Bristol-a place and people the king had been so well with those of this family to whom he was known, that acquainted with, that he could not but send his eyes is, with the old gentleman the father, a very grave abroad to view the great alterations which had been and venerable person ; the colonel, his eldest son, a made there, after his departure from thence; and very plain man in his discourse and behaviour, but of when he rode near the place where the great fort had a fearless courage, and an integrity superior to any stood, he could not forbear putting his borse out of temptation; and a daughter of the house, of a very the way, and rode with his mistress behind him round good wit and discretion, and very fit to bear any part about it. in such a trust. It was a benefit, as well as an incon- They came to Mr Norton's house sooner than usual, venience, in those unhappy times, that the affections and it being on a holiday, they saw many people of all men were almost as well known as their faces, about a bowling-green that was before the door; and by the discovery they had made of themselves in those the first man the king saw was a chaplain of his own, sad seasons in many trials and persecutions; so that who was allied to the gentleman of the house, and men knew not only the minds of their next neigh- I was sitting upon the rails to see how the bowlers
played. William, by which name the king went, and the king gave him directions to inquire after walked with his horse into the stable, until his mis- some persons, and some other particulars, of which tress could provide for his retreat. Mrs Lane was when he should be fully instructed, he should return very welcome to her cousin, and was presently con- again to him. In the mean time, Wilmot lodged at ducted to her chamber, where she no sooner was, than a house not far from Mr Norton's, to which he had she lamented the condition of “a good youth who been recommended. came with her, and whom she had borrowed of his After some days' stay here, and communication befather to ride before her, who was very sick, being tween the king and the Lord Wilmot by letters, the newly recovered of an ague;' and desired her cousin king came to know that Colonel Francis Windham
that a chamber might be provided for him, and a lived within little more than a day's journey of the good fire made, for that he would go early to bed, and place where he was, of which he was very glad for, bewas not fit to be below stairs.' A pretty little cham-sides the inclination he had to his eldest brother, whose ber was presently made ready, and a fire prepared, wife had been his nurse, this gentleman had behaved and a boy sent into the stable to call William, and himself very well during the war, and had been goto show him his chamber; who was very glad to be vernor of Dunstar castle, where the king had lodged there, freed from so much company as was below. when he was in the west. After the end of the war, Mrs Lane was put to find some excuse for making a and when all other places were surrendered in that visit at that time of the year, and so many days' jour-county, he likewise surrendered that, upon fair conney from her father, and where she had never been ditions, and made his peace, and afterwards married before, though the mistress of the house and she had a wife with a competent fortune, and lived quietly, been bred together, and friends as well as kindred. | | without any suspicion of having lessened his affection She pretended that she was, after a little rest, to go towards the king. into Dorsetshire to another friend.' When it was The king sent Wilmot to him, and acquainted him supper-time, there being broth brought to the table, where he was, and that he would gladly speak with Mrs Lane filled a little dish, and desired the butler him. It was not hard for him to choose a good place who waited at the table to carry that dish of porridge where to meet, and thereupon the day was appointed. to William, and to tell him that he should have some After the king had taken his leave of Mrs Lane, who meat sent to him presently. The butler carried the remained with her cousin Norton, the king and the porridge into the chamber, with a nakpin, and spoon, Lord Wilmot met the colonel ; and in the way he met, and bread, and spoke kindly to the young man, who in a town through which they passed, Mr Kirton, a was willing to be eating.
servant of the king's, who well knew the Lord Wilmot, The butler, looking narrowly upon him, fell upon who had no other disguise than the hawk, but took his knees, and with tears told him, he was glad to no notice of him, nor suspected the king to be there; see bis majesty' The king was infinitely surprised, yet that day made the king more wary of having him yet recollected himself enough to laugh at the man, in his company upon the way. At the place of meetand to ask him what he meant ?' The man had ing, they rested only one night, and then the king been falconer to Sir Thomas Jermyn, and made it went to the colonel's house, where he rested many appcar that he knew well enough to whom he spoke, days, whilst the colonel projected at what place the repeating some particulars which the king had not king might embark, and how they might procure a forgot. Whereupon the king conjured him 'not to vessel to be ready there, which was not easy to find, speak of what he knew, so much as to his master, there being so great a fear possessing those who were though he believed him a very honest man. The fel- honest, that it was hard to procure any vessel that low promised, and kept his word; and the king was was outward-bound to take in any passenger. the better waited upon during the time of his abode There was a gentleman, one Mr Ellison, who lived there.
near Lyme, in Dorsetshire, and was well known to Dr Gorges, the king's chaplain, being a gentleman Colonel Windham, having been a captain in the of a good family near that place, and allied to Mrking's army, and was still looked upon as a very Norton, supped with them; and being a man of a honest man. With him the colonel consulted how cheerful conversation, asked Mrs Lane many questions they might get a vessel to be ready to take in a couple concerning William, of whom he saw she was so care- of gentlemen, friends of his, who were in danger to be ful, by sending up mcat to him, how long his ague arrested, and transport them into France. Though no had been gone? and whether he had purged since it man would ask who the persons were, yet it could not left binn?' and the like; to which she gave such an- but be suspected who they were ; at least they conswers as occurred. The doctor, from the final preva-cluded that it was some of Worcester party. Lyme lence of the Parliament, had, as many others of that was generally as malicious and disaffected a town to function had done, declined his profession, and pre- the king's interest as any town in England could be, tended to study physic. As soon as supper was done, yet there was
as in it a mast er of a bark ose h out of good nature, and without telling anybody, he this captain was very confident. This man was lately went to see William. The king saw him coming into returned from France, and had unladen his vessel, the chamber, and withdrew to the inside of the bed, when Ellison asked him when he would make an. that he might be farthest from the candle; and the other voyage?' And he answered, ' as soon as he could doctor came and sat down by him, felt his pulse, and get lading for his ship. The other asked “whether asked him many questions, which he answered in as he would undertake to carry over a couple of gentlefew words as was possible, and expressing great incli- men, and land them in France, if he might be as well nation to go to his bed ; to which the doctor left him, paid for his voyage as he used to be when he was and went to Mrs Lane, and told her that he had freighted by the merchants? In conclusion, he told been with William, and that he would do well ;' and him he should receive fifty pounds for his fare.' The advised her what she should do if his ague returned. large recompense had that effect, that the man underThe next morning the doctor went away, so that the took it; though he said he must make his provision king saw him no more. The next day, the Lord Wil- very secretly, for that he might be well suspected for mot came to the house with his hawk, to see Mrs going to sea again without being freighted, after he Lane, and so conferred with William, who was to con- was so newly returned.' Colonel Windham being sider what he was to do. They thought it necessary advertised of this, came, together with the Lord Wilto rest some days, till they were informed what port mot, to the captain's house, from whence the lord and lay most convenient for them, and what person lived the captain rid to a house near Lyme, where the masnearest to it, upon whose fidelity they might rely ;l ter of the bark met them; and the Lord Wilmot being