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‘ [61] in to part us; which they did by taking him away.’

Escaping from these sons of Belial, Ellwood and his fair companion rode on through Tunbridge Wells, ‘the street thronged with men, who looked very earnestly at them, but offered them no affront,’ and arrived, late at night, in a driving rain, at the mansion-house of Herbert Springette. The fiery old gentleman was so indignant at the insult offered to his niece, that he was with difficulty dissuaded from demanding satisfaction at the hands of the Duke of York.

This seems to have been his last ride with Gulielma. She was soon after married to William Penn, and took up her abode at Worminghurst, in Sussex. How blessed and beautiful was that union may be understood from the following paragraph of a letter, written by her husband, on the eve of his departure for America to lay the foundations of a Christian colony:—

‘My dear wife! remember thou wast the love of my youth, and much the joy of my life, the most beloved as well as the most worthy of all my earthly comforts; and the reason of that love was more thy inward than thy outward excellences, which yet were many. God knows, and thou knowest it, I can say it was a match of Providence's making; and God's image in us both was the first thing and the most amiable and engaging ornament in our eyes.’

About this time our friend Thomas, seeing that his old playmate at Chalfont was destined for another, turned his attention towards a ‘young ’

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