A Child's History of England, Vol. XVIII of the Household Edition: 168. Date of publication: 1878. [Click on the image to enlarge it.], composed by John McLaren Ralston and engraved by E. Dalziel. Wood engraving, 43/16 by 5 7/16 inches (10.6 cm high by 13.8 cm wide). — Chapter XXXIV in
Passage Illustrated: An Heroic Naval Engagement
From this dangerous place [Charles the Second] returned to Trent, and lay there concealed several days. Then he escaped to Heale, near Salisbury; where, in the house of a widow lady, he was hidden five days, until the master of a collier lying off Shoreham in Sussex, undertook to convey a ‘gentleman’ to France. On the night of the fifteenth of October, accompanied by two colonels and a merchant, the King rode to Brighton, then a little fishing village, to give the captain of the ship a supper before going on board; but, so many people knew him, that this captain knew him too, and not only he, but the landlord and landlady also. Before he went away, the landlord came behind his chair, kissed his hand, and said he hoped to live to be a lord and to see his wife a lady; at which Charles laughed. They had had a good supper by this time, and plenty of smoking and drinking, at which the King was a first-rate hand; so, the captain assured him that he would stand by him, and he did. It was agreed that the captain should pretend to sail to Deal, and that Charles should address the sailors and say he was a gentleman in debt who was running away from his creditors, and that he hoped they would join him in persuading the captain to put him ashore in France. As the King acted his part very well indeed, and gave the sailors twenty shillings to drink, they begged the captain to do what such a worthy gentleman asked. He pretended to yield to their entreaties, and the King got safe to Normandy. [Chapter XXXIV — "England under Oliver Cromwell," 167-8]
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