with the affairs of the world to apprehend the hazard
and danger of the attempt, and so referred himself and the whole
business to the governed and conducted by one whom they believed by his
discourse to be an able soldier."
Maidstone was I believe appointed as their rendezvous, and
immense numbers resorted thither on the appointed day. Whereupon Mr.
L'Estrange made an address inveighing against the Parliament, and
asserting—which he had no authority for doing—that
his Majesty was willing to have a gentleman of their own country well
known to them to be their general, and named Mr. Hales, who was then
present. No questions were asked; but they one and all expressed their
readiness to join, and to march as General Hales should direct. Shortly
afterwards Mr. Hales, as General, made out the commissions, and after
two more general gatherings, they agreed to keep together till
could march to London.
It is not difficult to imagine the effect which these
tidings would have on the dominant Parliament. The gentlemen of Kent,
indeed, who sat in the Parliament, utterly disbelieved and denied the
facts asserted; and Sir Edward Hales, who was present, told them he was
confident that his grandson could not be engaged in such an affair. But
when it appeared that the meetings were continued, and the declarations
published, together with the fact that young Hales was their general,
the Parliament sent two or three troops of horse into Kent to suppress
"that seditious insurrection," as it was called; Sir Edward
Hales now exercising himself with revilings, threats, and detestations
of his grandson, who, he protested, should never be his heir.