St George's Cross eBook

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“Marriage is a slavery, quand meme,” said Marguerite, with a saucy shake of the head.  “But it is not,” she presently added, “I that will be the slave; and there is some comfort in knowing so much.”

So the public and private troubles wore brought to an end at the same time.  Carteret and his followers were allowed to go to France in peace and honour.  Lempriere and he had held no intercourse since the surrender, but the Bailiff and his wife were honoured members of the assembly that gathered on the quay on the morning of the Cavaliers’ departure.  The rising sun threw his orange hues on their swelling sails.

“We have won this time,” said Rose, pressing her husband’s arm.  “Mr. Prynne, have you no compliment for us?”

“It is our advantage,” said Prynne in answer; “let us see that we deserve it.  There as a Power that judgeth right, and in serving of whom there is great reward.  For my part, I have done much wrong, to your husband among others.  I have been punished for mine offences; if I would avoid more punishment, I must offend no more.”

APPENDIX.

The character of Sir George Carteret is taken from the materials of the time, without aid from fancy.

It should be added that Charles showed no ingratitude towards this faithful servant.  After the Restoration he settled in London, where—­in spite of his bad English, noticed by Andrew Marvell—­he rose to high rank and founded a noble family, now represented by the Marquess of Bath.

Carteret was employed at the Admiralty, first as Treasurer, afterwards as Commissioner—­or Junior Lord.  He was also Vice-Chamberlain of the Royal Household; and he amassed considerable wealth.

But he never forgot his native island.  He endeavoured to found a High School at St. Helier, what in the pompous style of these days would be called a “College.”  But the project broke down for want of earnestness on the part of the Jersey people, though Sir George offered the then very large sum of 50,000 livres tournois towards the endowment.  He lived till 1680.

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