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council-and the sanctuary of a was not only seasonable, but exconsiderable part of the nobility, ceeding necessary at that timegentry, and clergy. In which
In which the earl of Essex, and sir William respect it was thought fit that Waller, with their several forces, the queen should remove to not long after her departure, Exeter, as a place more remote drawing near to Oxford; on from danger, and not far from whose approach his majesty, the sea, by which she might leaving the greatest part of his take shipping for France, as oc- army for defence of that place, casion served.
marched on directly towards On the sixteenth of April she Wales. Upon the news, wherebegan her journey, the king bear- of, it was thought fit by the two ing her company as far as Abing- generals, to divide their armies ; don, where they took leave of it being agreed upon that sir one another, neither of them William Waller should pursue having the least presage, that the king, and the earl of Essex the parting kiss which they then should march towards the west, took was to be their last. Con- for the regaining of those counveyed with a sufficient strength tries. of horse for her security on the Now the mystery of iniquity way, she was received there with appeared in its proper colours ; as much magnificence as that for, whereas, it was formerly city was able to expresse ; and given out by the houses of Paron the sixteenth of June was liament, that they had undersafely delivered of a daughter, taken the war, for no other reawhom she christened by the son but to remove the king from name of Henrietta. As soon as his evil counsellors : those evil she had well passed over the counsellors were left at Oxford weakness and infirmities incident unmolested, and the king's perto child-bed, she committed the son only hunted. The king, unyoung princess to lady Dalkeith, derstanding of this division, a daughter of sir Edward Vil- thought himself able enough to liers, one of the half-brothers of deal with Waller, and giving the duke of Buckingham, and him the go by, returned towards wife unto lord Dalkeith, the Oxford-drew thence the eldest son of the earl of Morton; mainder of his army, and gave which, having done (according him a sharp meeting at a place to some instructions which she called Cropredy-bridge, where had received from the king), she he obtained a signal victory, on took shipping at Pendennis cas- the twenty-eighth of June, and tle, on the fifteenth of July, and entered triumphantly into Oxpassed into France, there to ne- ford. This done, he marched gociate for some supplies of after the earl of Essex, who had money, arms, and ammunition made himself master of some for the advance of his majesty's places in the west of good imservice, and to continue in the portance. During this march, court of the king, her brother, it happened that one of the cartill she might return again in riages broke down, in a long honour and safety. And to say narrow lane which they were to. truth, her removal from Oxford passe, and gave his majesty a
stop, at a time of an intolerable many messages which he had shower of rain which fell upon formerly sent unto them for an him. Some of his courtiers, and accommodation of the present others which were near about differences, and now desiring him, offered to hew him out a them to think of some expedient way through the hedges with by which this issue of blood their swords, that he might get might be dried up the distracshelter in some of the villages tion of the kingdome settledadjoining ; but he resolved not and the whole nation put into a to forsake his cannon upon any hope of peace and happinesse. occasion. At which, when some To which message, as to many about him seemed to admire, and others before, they either gave marvelled at the patience which no answer, or such an one as rahe shewed in that extremity, his ther served to widen, than close majesty, lifting up his hat, made the breach, falsely conceiving
" That as God had that all his majesty's offers of given him afflictions to exercise grace and favour proceeded his patience, so he had given him either from an inability to hold patience to bear his afflictions”. out the war, or from the weaka speech so heavenly and divine, nesse and irresolution of his that it is hardly to be paralleled councils : so that the trageby any of the men of God in all comedy of the two harlots in the the scripture. The carriage be first of Kings, may seem to have ing mended, he went forward been acted over again on the again, and trod so close upon stage of England. The king, the heels of the earl of Essex, like the true mother, compasthat, at last, he drove him into sionately desired that the life of Cornwall, and there reduced him the poor infant might be preto that point, that he put himself served ; the houses, like the false into a cock-boat with sir Phillip mother, considering that they Stapleton and some others, and could not have the whole, voted left his whole army to his majes- that it should be neither mine ty's mercy. His horse, taking nor thine, but divided betwixt the advantage of a dark night, them. made shift to escape ; but the
But if, instead of this message commanders of the foot came to from Tavistock, his majesty bad this capitulation with his majesty, gone on his own errand, and that they should depart without marched with his army towards their arms, which, with their London, it was conceived that, cannon, baggage, and ammuni- in all probability, he might have tion, being of very great consi- made an end of the
the army deration, were left wholly to his of Essex being thus broken, and disposing
that of Manchester not returned Immediately after this success, from the northern service. But his majesty dispatched a mes- sitting down before Plymouth, sage from Tavistock, to the two and staying there to perfect an houses of Parliament, in which association of the western counhe laid before them the misera- ties, he spent so much time, that ble condition of the kingdome Essex was again at the head of remembering them of those his army, and being seconded by
the earl of Manchester and sir and earnestly desired leave to William Waller, made a stand prevent that mischief which, by at Newberry, where, after a very the intrenchments of this town, hot fight, with variable successes must needs fall upon them. But on both sides, each party drew lord George Digby, not long afoff by degrees, so that neither of ter made principal secretary of them could find cause to boast of state, had perswaded the king a victory.
unto the contrary, upon the asWinter
on, which, surance that he held intelligence though it be not ordinarily a with Brown, and that as soon as time of action, will, notwith- the town was fortified, and furstanding, afford us some variety nished with victuals, arms, and which will not be unworthy of ammunition, at the charges of our observation. And, first, a the houses of Parliament, it garrison is formed at Abingdon, would immediately be delivered a town within five miles of Ox- into his majesty's hand. In ford, by order from the two which design he was outwitted, houses of Parliament, under the and, consequently, exposed unto command of colonel Brown; the some loss of reputation with all king and council looking on, and sorts of people. · For Brown, suffering the intrenchments to having brought his project to be made—the works to be raised the highest round of the ladder -and the ordnance to be planted (as himself expressed it) thought on the same.
it high time to turn it off, and It cannot be denied, but that to declare himself for the two sir Henry Gage, governer at that houses against the king; printtime of Oxford, and many of the ing, not long after, all the letters chief commanders which were which passed between him and then in and about that city, of- lord Digby upon this occasion. fered their service to the king, (To be continued.)
ADVENTURES OF A BASHFUL
quired at a charity school; but
my mother being dead, and I an MAN, AS RELATED BY HIMSELF.
only child, he determined to give I labour under a species of dis- me that advantage, which he tress, which I fear will at length fancied would have made him drive me utterly from that society, happy, viz. a learned education. in which I am most ambitious to I was sent to a country grammar: appear; but I will give you a school, and thence to the unishort sketch of my origin, and versity, with a view of qualifypresent situation, by which you ing for holy orders. Here, hav. will be enabled to judge of my ing but a small allowance from difficulties.
my father, and being naturally of My father was a farmer of no a timid and bashful disposition, I great property, and with no other had no opportunity of rubbing learning than what he had ac- off that native awkwardness, my blood
wbich is the fatal cause of my he had brought over with him unhappiness, and which I now be- the enormous sum of thirty thougin to fear can never be amend- sand pounds, and upon this he ed. You must know that in my built his hopes of never-ending person I am tall and thin, with a happiness. While he was planfair complexion, and light flaxen ing schemes of greatness and hair ; but of such extreme suscep- delight, whether the change of tibility of shame, that on the climate might affect him, or smallest subject of confusion, what other cause I know not,
all rushes into my but he was snatched from all his cheeks, and I appear a perfect dreams of joy by a short illness, full-blown rose. The conscious- of which he died, leaving me ness of this unhappy failing, made heir to all his property. And me avoid society, and I became now, behold me at the age of enamoured of a college life; twenty-five, well stocked with particularly when I reflected, Latin, Greek, and mathematics, that the uncouth manners of my possessed of ample fortune, but father's family, were little calcu- so awkward and inversed in every lated to improve my outward gentleman-like accomplishment, conduct; I therefore had resolv- that I am pointed at by all who ed on living at the university and see me, as the wealthy learned taking pupils, when two un
clown. expected events geatly altered I have lately purchased an the posture of my affairs, viz. estate in the country, which my
father's death and the arrival abounds in (what is called) a of an uncle from the Indies. fashionable neighbourhood ; and
This uncle I had very rarely when you reflect on my parentheard my father mention, and it age and uncouth manner, you was generally believed that he will hardly think how much my was long since dead, when he company is courted by the arrived in England only a week surrounding families (especially too late to close his brother's by those who have marriageable eyes. I am ashamed to confess, daughters): from these gentlewhat I believe has been often ex- men I have received familiar perienced by those, whose educa- calls, and the most pressing intion has been better than their vitations, and, though I wished parents, that my poor father's to accept their offered friendship, ignorance and vulgar language, I have repeatedly excused myhad often made me blush to self under the pretence of not think I was his son ; and at his being quite settled ; for the truth death I was not inconsolable for is, that when I have rode or the loss of that, which I was walked, with full intention to not unfrequently ashamed to return their several visits, my
My uncle was but little heart has failed me as I approachaffected, for he had been sepa- ed their gates, and I have frerated from his brother more quently returned homeward, rethan thirty years, and in that solving to try again to-morrow. time he had acquired a fortune However, I at length deterwhich he used to brag would mined to conquer my timidity, make a nabob happy: in short, and three days ago, accepted of an invitation to dine this day lady Friendly, but unfortunately with one whose open easy man- in bringing back my left foot to ner left me no room to doubt a the third position, i trod upon cordial welcome. Sir Thomas the gouty toe of poor sir Thomas, Friendly, who lives about two who had followed close at my miles distant, is a baronet, with heels, to be the nomenclator of about two thousand pounds a the family. The confusion this year estate, joining to that I occasioned in me is hardly to be purchased ; he has two sons and conceived, since none but bashfive daughters, all grown up, ful men can judge of my distress, and living with their mother and and of that description the numa maiden sister of sir Thomas, ber I believe is very small. The at Friendly-Hall, dependent on baronet's politeness by degrees their father. Conscious of my dissipated my concern, and I was unpolished gait, I have for some astonished to see how far goodtime past taken private lessons breedings could enable him to of a professor, who, teaches suppress his feelings, and to ap“grown up gentlemen to dance;" pear with perfect ease, after so and though I at first found won- painful an accident. derous difficulty in the art he The cheerfulness of her ladytaught, my knowledge of the ship, and the familiar chat of the mathematics was of prodigious young ladies, insensibly led me use, in teaching me the equili- to throw off my reserve and brium of my body, and the due sheepishness, till at length I venadjustment of the centre of tured to join in conversation, and gravity to the five positions. even to start fresh subjects. The Having now acquired the 'art library being richly furnished of walking without tottering, with books in elegant bindings, and learned to make a bow, I I conceived sir Thomas to be a boldly ventured to obey the man of literature, and ventured baronet's invitation to a family to give my opinion concerning dinner, not doubting but my the several editions of the Greek new acquirements would enable classics, in which the baronet's me to see the ladies with tolera- opinion exactly coincided with ble intrepidity : but alas ! how my own. To this subject I was vain are all the hopes of theory, led, by observing an edition of when unsupported by habitual Xenophon in sixteen volumes, practice. As I approached the which, as I had never before house, a dinner-bell alarmed my heard of such a thing, greatly fears, lest I had spoiled the dinner excited my curiosity, and I rose by want of punctuality; impressed up to examine what it could be: with, this idea, I blushed the sir Thomas saw what I was about, deepest crimson, as my name and as, I supposed, willing to was repeatedly announced by the save me trouble, rose to take several livery servants, who down the book, which made me ushered into the library, more eager to prevent him, and hardly knowing what or whom I hastily laying my hand on the saw ;