The Cities Entertainment of King Charles I. 294

The Cities Entertainment of King Charles I.

More particularly in the First Place, their especial Care to give Order, as well to the Steward, Cook, Butler, and Confectioner, to make speedy Provision of all Things, fit for the Royal Feasting of their Majesties, and their Princely Train; as to the Officers of the City Works, that the Guild Hall might be prepared, and made ready for the due and respective Receiving of them.

The Preparations.

The next was, that Precepts might be speedily directed to the several Societies and Companies of the City, that against the Day their Majesties should come, there should be some of the prime Men chosen out of the Liveries, that should be in Readiness to attend the Lord Maior and Aldermen, in their best Array (either Velvet, Plush, or Sattin) and Chains of Gold, upon good Horses, well appointed; and each Rider to have a Footman to attend him; to meet their Majesties, and to conduct them, first to Guild Hall, and afterwards to his Majesty's Royal Palace of White Hall. As also, that out of the Residue of their Companies, some should be appointed to wait in their several Standings in their Liveries, from their Majesties Entrance into the City, to Temple Bar. To which Purpose the Committee gave Order and Directions, where every several Companies Standings should be set up. And lastly, that others should be nominated to attend in the Guild Hall upon their Majesties, in their Liveries and Foins likewise, from the Time of their coming thither, to their Departure thence.

Another Care of the Committe was, that (the way from Kingsland to Shoreditch being impassable for their Majesties, in regard of the Depth and Foulness of it) a Way might be prepared from thence to that Place of the City, where their Majesties should enter, as might not only be fair and clean, but as pleasant also, and delightful, as the Season of the Year would permit: And that the Streets, all the way they should pass, might be Paved, where Need was, and made sweet and clean.

And because some seditious Libels were at that Time dispersed, (which bred a Panique Fear in some) Order was likewise taken, that there should be Two Companies of the Cities Train Bands, placed in several Parts of the City, upon that Day: as also, that at every Door, a Man should be placed, sufficiently appointed, to be ready upon all Occasions, to appease any Disorders.

Lastly, Out of the said Committee, Two of the City Captains were designed, as chief Marshals for the Day; to have the Command over the other Three Marshals, that were Officers of the Chamber: And to Order, Direct and Marshal the Horsemen. And also Four other of the Committee were appointed, as Comptrollers of the House. To whom all inferior Officers should have Recourse upon any Occasion, and to direct and order the Liveries, which were to attend upon their Majesties Service: And generally to dispose all other Things, conducing to the Entertainment.

Now for the Entertainment it self. Upon Thursday, the said November 25. the Knights of the Gray Cloak, Mr. Recorder, and the rest of the Aldermen, the City Counsel, and Chief Officers, as Town Clerk, Common Serjeant, and Remembrancer, attended the Lord Maior, at his Lordship's House in the Old Jury, by Eight of the Clock in the Morning. From whence they advanced through the City to Moregate, in this Manner.

The Entertainment.

The Lord Maior, having the Sword-Bearer, and Two Mace-bearers before him, on Horse- back, and on Foot-Cloths, and Two Footmen in Black Velvet Coats, on each Side One, his Lordship wearing a Gown of Crimson Velvet, and a Collar of SS. rode in the Front, the Knights aforenamed, Mr. Recorder, and the Aldermen following: according to their Seniority, Two by Two, in Scarlet Gowns, attended by Two Foomen apiece, Suited in the City Colours; each of which Footmen being appointed to carry a Truncheon in his Hand for the Forenoon, and Two Torches for the Afternoon. Next to them followed the City Counsil, and Chief Officers in Black Gowns upon Foot Cloths; each of them having a Footman going by them, suited and fitted as aforesaid.

Lord Maior sets out; the Manner of it.

In this Equipage they passed through the City, from his Lordship's House to Morefields: Where there waited in a Readiness to attend his Lordship, and the Service, about Five Hundred Horsemen, selected out of the Liveries of the several Companies of the City, being Masters, Wardens, and prime Men of each Company, in Velvet or Plush Coats and Suits, with Chains of Gold, and being well Horsed, and gallantly Furnished. Every Company having a Horseman in the Front, carrying a Pendent with that Companies Arms, to which he did belong, (for Distinction Sake) and a Footman to attend each Horseman of the Livery, with Truncheons, and Torches, as before: Both Horsemen with the Pendents, and Footmen, being suited Cap a pee, with the Companies Colours on which they waited. There were also Fourteen Trumpeters, with Trumpets, Banners and Scarfs: Who were placed Two between every Hundred of the Horse, and Four at the Head of the Troop.

Five Hundred Horsemen of the Liveries, accompany the Lord Maior.

The Lord Maior, being thus attended, rode on with the Knights, Mr. Recorder, the Aldermen, City Counsil, and Chief Officers, as before; and after them the Five Hundred Horsemen, according to the several Ranks of the Companies: The Lord Maior's Company, (viz. the Clothworkers) being foremost; then the Mercers, and the rest according to their Order.

They all advanced, in comely Manner, through the Fields, (the Banks being cast down, and Bridges of Fourteen Foot wide, being made over the Ditches, for better and more secure Passage) till they came beyond Balmes, (a retiring House of Sir George Whitmore's) in the Fields next adjoining to Kingsland. The Night before being Rainy, and the Morning Gloomy and Cloudy, the Lord Maior commanded his Tent to be pitched in the Field, where his Lordship, the Knights, Mr. Recorder, and the Aldermen, were to attend their Majesties. In the Tent were Seats and Forms; where his Lordship, and some of the Nobility reposed themselves, till their Majesties came.

The Lord Maior's Tent at Kingsland.

In the mean Time, the Two Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, (George Garret, and George Clark) attended by Seventy Two Men in Scarlet Cloaks, trimmed with Silver Lace, (the Colours of the City) with Javelins and Feathers, and Four Trumpeters, rode as far as Stamford Hill, between Newington and Tottenham, (where they lay the Night before.) Who, after they had done their respective Duties, and kissed their Majesties Hands, conducted them to the Field, where the Lord Maior, the Nobility and Aldermen, waited for them.

The Sheriffs wait at Stamford Hill.

His Majesty came into the Field about Ten of the Clock, in a Coach, he sitting on the Right Side of it, and her Majesty on his Right Hand, the Prince, the Duke of York, and the Princess Mary, being within the Coach, and the Prince Elector Palatine, and the Dutchess of

The Manner of the King's Coming.