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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 71
                                                      
BRIEF NOTES ON THE HALES FAMILY. By the Rev R. Cox Hales  Continued

  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

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