All ended as might have been anticipated. It
was not likely that a plain country gentleman, like young Hales, could
be suddenly fitted to command the newly raised troops; or that such as
they could cope with the Parliamentary veterans.
The new levies were plainly told by those who had the
management of the King's affairs that Mr. Hales was not equal to his
work; and the Earl of Norwich, better known as Lord George Goring, was
sent to supersede him.
To quote again the language of Clarendon: "Mr. Hales,
upon the news of another General to be sent thither, and upon the storms
of threats and rage which fell upon him from his grandfather on the one
side, and on his wife by her mother on the other side, and upon the
conscience that he was not equal to the charge, though his affection was
not in the least declined, found means to transport himself and
his wife, together with his friend Mr. L'Estrange,
into Holland, resolving, as soon as he had put his wife out of the reach
of her mother, to return himself and to venture his person in the
service which he could not conduct, which he did quickly after very
heartily endeavour to do."
It is not necessary for me to trace further the fortunes of this
misguided young man. He appears, about 1651, to have retired finally to
France; and in 1654 he succeeded to his grandfather's title, but never
resided in England, and died abroad.
I must now go on to his son and successor, Edward Hales,
third baronet, who was born in 1645. He is very much mixed up with
contemporary history, and was held in especial favour by James II.
Perhaps the most remarkable incident in his life is