坣d this beneficent institution, and proved ▓again to the army that women▓ are at the bottom of most things, whether they▓ be good or bad.As a set-off to this, the n▓ormal impecuniosity of Charles II.ha●d led to the sale of army commissions, a●nd to the institution of the ▓system of promotion by purchase, which laste▓d until 1872.
The accession of James I
ut ●only the militia.This is proof positive, if su●ch were needed, that a permane●nt military force, such as it then was, was s▓till unpopular in England.
Th●ere was no fighting worth men▓tioning in James’s reign sa●ve at Sedgmoor, and there the only● noteworthy points are the failure of the nigh▓t attack, through faulty and impe▓rfect reconnaissance; and the fa▓ct that Sergeant Weems of the 1st ▓Royals received a gratuity o
f ￡40 for serv●ing the “great guns in an emergency.” Th●e true use of artillery was not understood, ▓evidently, and the guns were▓ attached to infantry regiments (as they● were later, and singly, to cavalr▓y squad
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