The Children of the New Forest: Complete Frederick Marryat Author
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It was in the month of November in this year that King Charles, accompanied by Sir John BerkelyAshburnham and Legg, made his escape from Hampton Court, and rode as fast as the horses couldcarry them towards that part of Hampshire which led to the New Forest. The king expected that hisfriends had provided a vessel in which he might escape to France; but in this he was disappointed.There was no vessel ready, and after riding for some time along the shore he resolved to go toTitchfield, a seat belonging to the Earl of Southampton. After a long consultation with those whoattended him, he yielded to their advice, which was, to trust to Colonel Hammond, who wasgovernor of the Isle of Wight for the Parliament, but who was supposed to be friendly to the king.Whatever might be the feelings of commiseration of Colonel Hammond towards a king sounfortunately situated, he was firm in his duties towards his employers, and the consequence wasthat King Charles found himself again a prisoner in Carisbrook Castle.


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