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Maior on his left Hand. Then standeth up Master Recorder, and readeth unto them the Names of such Persons whom they have nominated and chosen. Of which, the Lord Maior and the Aldermen have admitted one, whose Name is N. demanding of them, whether it be their free Election, yea or no? And the Commons answering yea, yea, [the Sword-bearer steppeth to him, and taketh of his Tippet, which he hath for his Labour, and putteth on his Chain.] Then the newly Elected, standing upon the Hustings Court, giveth them Thanks, &c. which being done, the old Maior doth likewise give them Thanks, &c. Then they arise up, and putting off their Cloaks, and the Lord Maior hath the Lord Elect riding with him, to the King's Sheriff to Dinner.

The Freedom of the Parties Election.

The breaking up of the Court.

For presenting the Lord Maior Elect to the Lord Chancellor.


THEN after Dinner, the Lord Elect goeth to the Lord Chancellor, if he be at home at his Place, or near unto it, attended with five or six of the Aldermen, and Master Recorder with him, in their violet Gowns, either by Land or by Water, as the Lord Chancellor's Dwelling-place requireth. [The Common Hunt, with the extraordinary Officers, and those that be at liberty, do also attend on him.]

How the Lord Elect goeth attended to his Presenting.

The Morrow after MICHAELMAS DAY, for the new Sheriffs going to Westminster, [to be Sworn there.]


ALL the Aldermen must be at the two Sheriffs Houses in the Morning at eight of the Clock, in their violet Gowns furred, without Cloaks, having their Horses there ready. But the Lord Maior, Master Recorder, and the two Sheriffs, must be in their Scarlet Gowns furred, and their Cloaks carried with them to Westminster. And so ride to the Guild-Hall, and from thence to the Vintree, and there taking Barge, land at Westminster-Bridge, and in the Hall they put on their Cloaks; and so go up to the Exchequer, where the two new Sheriffs be presented, and the old Sworn to their account.

Meeting at the two new Sheriffs Houses in the Morning.

The Swearing of the new Sheriffs, and the old ones delivering their Account.

Then they put off their Cloaks, and take Barge, landing again at the Vintree, where they take Horse. And the Lord Maior rideth to the King's [i.e. the eldest] Sheriff to Dinner; Master Recorder and the Sheriffs riding next to the Lord Maior. The two Sheriffs carrying two white Rods in their Hands, and their Hench-men going after them.

The ancient Order for the Day of SIMON and JUDE.


THE old Lord Maior shall have so many of the Aldermen as dine with him, come to his Place by eight of the Clock in the Morning, in their violet Gowns furred, with their Cloaks, and Horses; and the Sheriffs to fetch him to the Hall, and there abide in the Council Chamber, until the coming of the new Lord Maior, and the rest of the Aldermen, with the Company of either of the Lords before them. And then after they have been together a certain space of Time, they come forth into the Orphans Court, and put on their Cloaks, and go down to the Hustings Court, where being set in order, the Common Crier maketh Proclamation, commanding every Man to keep Silence.

The fetching of the old Lord Maior from his own House.

Then Master Town-Clerk giveth the new elected Lord his Oath, which when he hath taken, [the old Lord Maior ariseth, and giveth the new Lord his Place, the old Lord sitting down where the new Lord was placed;] Master Chamberlain delivereth to him first the Scepter, next the Keys and the Purse, with the Seal [of the Office of the Maioralty.] Then Master Sword-bearer giveth him the Sword. And they they arise, put off their Cloaks, and the old Lord rideth home with the new Lord to his Place, and there leaveth him, and so many of the Aldermen as Dine with him. And the old Lord (with the rest of the Aldermen) ride to hs own Place, the Sword born before him. And so after Dinner, the Aldermen depart home at their Pleasure.

The new Ld. Maior taketh his Oath in the Hustings Court, and the Ceremonies there done.

On the Morrow after the Day of SIMON and JUDE, for the new Lord Maior his going to take his Oath at Westminster.


ALL the Aldermen and the Sheriffs come to the Lord Elect, by eight a Clock in the Morning, in their Scarlet Gowns furred, and their Cloaks born with them, and their Horses, and so ride to the Guild-Hall; and the Batchelors, called [Rich Batchelors, who are a Number of substantial Freemen of the Company my Lord Maior is of, not as yet of the Livery,] and the Livery of the new Lord's Company, with Gentlemen Ushers all [going in decent Order] before him.

Meeting at the new Lord Maior's house.

The new Lord weareth a velvet Hood and the rich Collar: The Sword-bearer the Cap of Maintenance.

But the old Lord rideth from his own Place to the Hall alone, having no Officers to wait upon him, but the Common Hunt, as a Gentleman Usher going before him, and the Common Huntsman, or one Yeoman of the Water-side, with his own Men following him: And so he tarrieth at the Hall.

The old Lord rideth alone to the Guild-Hall, but weareth his Velvet Hood.

And after they be all come together, they take their Horses, and ride to the Vintree, where they take Barge to Westminster Bridge, [being attended by divers Companies in their Barges, adorned with Banners and Streamers, with the sound of Trumpets, Kettle-Drums, Hautboys, and other Musical Instruments.] And after they are landed, the Lord Maior and Aldermen put on their Cloaks within the Palace, and go round about the Hall, [where they perform many Courtesies,] and so up to the Exchequer to be Sworn. When the Oath is taken in the Exchequer, they come down again, and go first to the Kings-Bench, then to the Common Place, and so putting off their Cloaks, walk about the Kings Tombs in Westminster Abbey, and then take Barge again: Being in their Passage of later Times saluted by the Chambers, or Guns, placed on the other side of the Water.

The Orders and Ceremonies performed at Westminster.

R. B.

Being landed at Black-Friars, in London, all the several Companies of the City, who had honoured him in their Barges to Westminster, and back again, do likewise perform their attending Service, as he with the Aldermen ride to the Guild-Hall to Dinner. The Streamers and Banners attend each Company, as they pass, Musical Instruments playing before them, and before the Lord Maior and Aldermen, the City Officers walk in State, bearing the Sword, the Mace, and Cap of Maintenance, together with the City Streamers, Banners flying, and Musick sounding. In their Passage to Guild-Hall, the Streets are lined with the Livery-Men of the several Companies. The Artillery Company are now also in their Arms, paying their Respects to the Lord Maior. There is also the Solemnity of the Pageants accompanying, with Speeches made thence to him, either in his Praise, or in Praise of the City and Trade. The Balconies of every House are spread with rich Tapistries: Which with the Windows are thronged with Spectators, not only Gentlemen and Ladies, all in their best and richest Attire, but of all inferior Ranks of People, and the Streets crowded with Multitudes, who are much delighted with Shows and Pomp. Squibs and

The Honour done to him at London, after his Landing.