"You will announce His Majesty Charles II., King of England, Scotland, and Ireland."
"Sire," replied Charles II., "I was going to Paris, in the hope of seeing your majesty, when report informed me of your approaching arrival in this city.
"Sire," said Charles II., "I have no need to ask if your majesty is acquainted with the details of my deplorable history."
And the blood mounted to the pale face of Charles II., who remained for an instant with his head between his hands, and as if blinded by that blood which appeared to revolt against the filial blasphemy.
Charles II., to whom ten years in age gave a superior strength to master his emotions, recovered his speech the first.
"Well!" continued the king of England, "poor Charles II., grandson of Henry IV.
He spoke of the ill-concealed reluctance with which the Puritans in America had acknowledged the sway of Charles II. on his restoration to his father's throne.
During the reign of Charles II., however, the American colonies had but little reason to complain of harsh or tyrannical treatment.
Sir Henry Vane was beheaded, in London, at the beginning of the reign of Charles II. And Haynes, Dudley, Bellingham, and Leverett, who had all been governors of Massachusetts, were now likewise in their graves.
The Restoration Period, from the Restoration of Charles II
in 1660 to the death of Dryden in 1700.
To remedy this grievance, it was provided by a statute in the reign of Charles II
, that the intermissions should not be protracted beyond a period of three years.
Madame set out for London, where she applied herself so earnestly to make her brother, Charles II
., acquire a taste for the political counsels of Mademoiselle de Keroualle, that the alliance between England and France was signed, and the English vessels, ballasted by a few millions of French gold, made a terrible campaign against the fleets of the United Provinces.