a gale that bore her down Channel as far as the Brittany coast. When the Queen at last reached land, she soon found herself among the Breton gentry, who converged from all parts vying with each other in service and hospitality to this lady in distress of their Royal House. From thence she made her way, haggard and ghastly, but with the fire unquenched in her dark eyes, to the curative waters of Bourbon, where, as she said, "I shall bathe and take the douche bath, which is in English 'pump'."
Hence in three weeks time she was able to write to Charles:
"I begin to hope I shall not die, for I am already a little better ... now that I am better I may tell you I have been very ill, and that I never expected to see you again ... Adieu, dear heart. Remember me to Charles [her eldest] send me his measure ..."
It may not be out of place to add this from a Puritan news sheet:
"But will the Bourbon waters cure her? There are other waters set open for her to drink in the Protestant Church, the waters of repentance ... to wash her from Popery. Oh that she would wash in these waters and be clean!"
LOSTWITHIEL--THE UNCOMPLETED ANNIHILATION
IT was on the 26th of July, ten days after the Queen had left England, that Charles, marching to her relief, arrived at Exeter, to find both her and her enemies gone. Essex had, in fact, continued his promenade, skirting the north of Dartmoor till he had reached Tavistock, where his arrival caused the Cavalier forces that had been investing Plymouth to leave their lines and fall back across the Tamar. At this point, however, the Roundhead commander began to realize the danger that was coming up from the East, and sent an urgent appeal to Parliament for support. It was still open to him to retire behind the shelter of the Plymouth fortifications; but Essex was as mulish as he was beef witted, and had not yet woken up to the significance of the King's appearance on his communications. He had started out with the idea of reducing Cornwall, and to Cornwall he would go. It is characteristic of these Plutopuritan magnates that the deciding influence