THE CRAZY STEER
Point, and now insisting on another, but directing to the same object to gain tie while proceeding with the preparation for the invasion, according to the plan already upon. Certainly the most catholic king seemed, in this remarkable letter to have outdone himself; and farnese that sincere farnese, in whose loyal, truth-telling, chivalrous character, the queen and her counsellors placed such implicit reliance could thenceforward no longer be embarrassed as to the course he was to adopt. to lie daily, through, thick, and thin, and with every variety of circumstance and detail which; a genius fertile in fiction could suggest, such was the simple rule prescribed by his sovereign. and the rule was implicitly obeyed, and the English sovereign thoroughly deceived. The secret confided only, to the faithful breast of alexander was religiously kept. Even the pope was outwitted. his holiness proposed to, philip the invasion of England, and offered a million to further the plan. He was most desirous to be informed if the project was, resolved upon, and if so, when it was to be accomplished. the king to ok the pope’s million, but refused the desired information. he answered evasively. he had a very good will to invade the country, he said, but there were great difficulties in the way. after a time, the pope again tried to pry into the matter, and again offered the million which philip had only accepted for the time when it might be wanted; giving him at the same time, to understand that it was not necessary at that time, because there were then great impediments. “thus he is pledged to give me the subsidy, and i am not pledged for the time.” said philip, “and I keep my secret, which is the most important of all.” Yet after all, farnese did not see his way clear towards the consummation of the plan. his army had woefully dwindled, and before he could seriously set about ulterior matters, it would be necessary to take the city of sluys. this was to prove as already seen a most arduous enterprise. he complained to Philip’ of his inadequate supplies both in men and money. the project conceived in the royal breast was worth spending millions for, he said.