amiable Mr Hopkins, and there appears every reason to believe that he was eventually subjected to a course of his own tests, and that having failed to prove his innocence by drowning when thrown, bussed up, into the water, he was pulled out and eventually hanged for a wizard, according to his own prescription.
It is only by forcing ourselves to look at such cases in the concrete, that we can form some faint idea of the state of mind generated by the time the civil war had entered on its fourth campaigning year, and what the attempt to uproot the country from its political and spiritual foundations had actually come to signify for ordinary people. Creatures like Blue Dick and William Dowsing and Witch-finder Hopkins did actually walk abroad, and were able to work their crazy will with the full support and approval of the revolutionary authorities. We shall then begin to realize against what it was that on behalf of his people King Charles had taken his stand and why, from his point of view, there could be no question of surrender on the main issue, even to save his own life.
"THREE THINGS I WILL NOT PART WITH"
Now that the business of active campaigning was partially suspended, the craving for peace--peace at almost any pricebecame more than ever rife among the King's followers. For to even the most loyal Cavaliers it was becoming apparent that unless His Majesty could come to terms with the Westminster Parliament, while he still had an army in the field to back him, he would before long find himself at their mercy. With the North gone and the area under his control continually shrinking, with the estates of the loyal gentry bled white in his cause and their rents unpaid, where was he to find means to grapple with the immensely superior resources in wealth and manpower at the enemy's disposal? Quite apart from the weaker spirits who were sneaking off in increasing numbers to make their own terms, the feeling was almost unanimous among the King's supporters that the time had come for him to end a hopeless situation in the only way possible.
But was there a way possible that would not also have been a