given them up there was no specific bar to their employment or re-employment in any capacity whatever. The door was thus left open, after the essential purge, for the even more essential promotion of the Member for Huntingdon to the Lieutenant- Generalship of the New Army, carrying with it the command of the vital cavalry arm.
It was as neat as a conjuring trick, and defensible in proportion as the war itself was defensible--since it was the quickest and surest way to win it.
All this was not to be accomplished without prolonged friction both within and between the two Houses, and it was not until the early spring that the new army began to take shape under the command of Sir Thomas Fairfax, who, though a redoubtable fighter, was better suited for the part of regimental officer than commander-in-chief, and as modestly neutral politically and religiously as it was possible for a servant of the Lord to be. There could have been no more ideal a superior for a subordinate of genius.
THE PURGING OF MERRY ENGLAND
IT must have been a sad and a lonely winter for King Charles. Though he presented to the world a mask of unruffled equanimity, he can hardly have failed to be weighed down by the hopelessness of his struggle against the fate that had been tightening its grip upon him ever since his irrecoverable false move of allowing Archbishop Laud, seven years ago, to impose an Anglican liturgy on the Scottish Kirk.
The wheel had come full circle now. It was the turn of the Kirk, through the agency of its allies at Westminster, to impose the Presbyterian yoke on all but those parts of England to which the King's power still extended. An assembly of Divines, overwhelmingly Presbyterian in sentiment, had been entrusted with the work of implementing the terms of this hard bargain, by which the lesser nation had sought to capture the soul of the greater. It had dragged on now for a year and a half in the most edifying elucidations of such problems as the number of hours that Adam had been created before he got his teeth into his first apple. But