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considering London and the Coronation the morning ; the Doctor and Mrs time, when, as was unulerstood at Glas- Pringle were provided, by the Capgow, every thing was naturally ex- tain's means, with tickets both for the pected to be two prices.
Hall and Abbey, he himself was to be By the time I had got my breakfast, on guard, and Mrs Sabre, being big and was in order to adventure forth, with bairn, and thereby no in a conCaptain Sabre's carriage, with the dition to encounter a crowd, was to go Doctor and Mrs Pringle, came to the with a party of other married ladies, door, to take me out with them to who were all in the like state, to places show me the curiosities of London. in the windows of a house that overBut before going, Mrs Pringle would looked the platform, so that nothing see my court dress, which she examin- could be better arranged, not only for ed very narrowly, and observed “it me to see myself, but to hear what must have cost both pains and placks others saw of the performance in those when it was made, but it's sore worn, places where I could not of a possibiand the right colour's faded.--How- lity be. somever, Mr Duffle, it will do vastly And here I should narrate, much to well, especially as few ken you." the credit of the Londoners, that no
This observe of Mrs Pringle did not thing could exceed the civility with tend to make me the more content which I was treated in the house of with my bargain, but I was no in-. Captain Sabre, not only by himself clined to breed a disturbance by send- and the others present; for many ladies ing back the things, and I could no and gentlemen, who knew he was to bear the thought of a law-plea about be on guard, and how, through his hiring clothes to look at the King. acquaintance, we had been favoured
Mrs Pringle having satisfied her cu, in tickets, came in to inquire particuriosity with my garments, we all went lars, and to talk about the Coronation, into the carriage, and drove to a dress- and whether the Queen really intendmaker's, where she had dealt before, ed to claim admittance. In a like to get a new gown.and mutch for the company in Glasgow lwould have been Coronation. The mantua-maker would left at the door, but every one was fain have persuaded her to have taken more attentive to me than another, on a fine glittering gauze, spangled and understanding I was the Mr Duffle of pedigree with lace and gum flowers, Blackwood's Magazine. The Captain but Mrs Pringle is a woman of a con- insisted on my taking an early family siderate character, and was not in a dinner, saying they had changed their hurry to fix, examining every dress in hour to accommodate the Doctor, and the room in a most particular manner, the Doctor likewise pressed me, so that that she might, as she told me, be able I could not in decency refuse, haviug, to give an explanation to Nanny Ey. as I have mentioned, postponed all dent of the Coronation fashions. She business till after the Coronation. In then made her choice of a satin dress, short, it is not to be told the kindness that would serve for other times and and discretion which I met with. occasions, and adhered to it, although In the afternoon, the Doctor, Mrs the mantua-making lady assured her Pringle, and me were sent out again that satin was not to be worn, but in the carriage to see the preparations only tissues and laces; the mistress, and the scaffolding, and it was just a however, made ber putt good, and the miracle to hear the Doctor's wondersatin dress was obligated to be sent to -- ment at the same, and the hobbleshaw. her, along with a bonnet, that would that was gathering around. As for require the particularity of a millin- Mrs Pringle, she was very audible on der's pen to describe.
the waste and extravagance that was When we had settled this matter, visible every where, and said, that alwe then drove home to Captain Sabre's, though a pomp was befitting the occato hear about the tickets, where I got sion on the King's part, the pomposity one, as being a literary character, to of the scaffoldings was a crying sin of the box set apart for the learned that vanity and dissipation, were to write the history of the ban- When we had satisfied ourselves, quetting part of the solemnity, and it and I had pointed out to them the cirwas agreed that I was to be at the cumstantials which I had gathered the door of admittance by three o'clock in night before, they conveyed me to the
house of Mrs Damask, where I bad my preliminary and prefatory proceedings lodgment, and we bade one another in which I was concerned about the good night; for although it was yet Coronation; the ceremonies and solemearly, we agreed that it would be as nities of which I will now go on to well for us to take, if possible, an hour tell, setting down nought that is not or two's rest, the better to withstand of a most strict veracity, having no de the fatigue and pressure of the next sign to impose upon the understanding day; and accordingly, when I went up. of posterity, but only a sincere desire stairs, I told Mrs Damask of that in- to make them, as well as the living tent, and how I would like, if it could generation, acquaint with the true inbe done, that she would have the cidents and character of that great kettle boiling by times, for me to have proceeding, the like of which has not a bite of breakfast by three o'clock in been in this country in our time, if it the morning, which she very readily ever was in any other country at any promised to do, having other lodgers time, to the end and purpose that the besides me that were to be up and scene and acting thereof may have a out by that time.
perpetuity by being in the pages of my Thus have I related at full length, writings. to the best of my recollection, all the
PART III.-THE CORONATION.
I HAD but an indifferent night's colours, that seemed like bales and rest; for the anxiety that I suffered, webs of cloth in the galleries fornent lest I should oversleep myself, pre me, gradually kithed into their proper vented me in a great degree from shut- shape of ladies and gentlemen. ting my eyes. So I was up and stir- I now took my old Magazine out of ring before " the skreigh o day;" and my pocket, and began to make comI was in a manner out of the body at. parisons; but for a time I was disMrs Damask, who had not the break-. turbed by ladies coming into the galfast ready so soon as I had hoped she lery, and sitting down beside me, talkwould. It was more than a whole quar- ing much, and very highly pleased. ter of an hour past three o'clock in the The performance of the day began morning before I got it and was dress- by sixteen queer looking men, dressed ed; and when I was dressed, I durst into the shape of Barons, rehearsing not almost look at myself in the look- how they were to carry a commodity ing-glass, with my broidered garments over the King's head, called a canopy. of sky-blue, the sword, and the cockit It was really a sport to see in what hat, I was such a figure. Judge, then, manner they endeavoured to march, what I felt when I thought on going shouldering the sticks that upheld it, out into the streets so like a phantasy like bairns playing at soldiers. Among of Queen Anne's court. Luckily, how this batch of curiosities, there was ever, another gentleman in the house, pointed out to me a man of a slender who had likewise got a ticket and dress, habit of body ; that was the great Mr was provided with a coach for the oc- Brougham, and a proud man, I trow, casion, and he politely offered me a he was that day, stepping up and down seat; so I reached the Hall of West- the Hall, with a high head, and a crouse minster without any inordinate trouble look, snuffing the wind with a pride or confusion.
and panoply just most extraordinar to Having been shewn the way to the behold. gallery where I was to sit, I sat in a By and bye, the nobles, and counmusing mood seeing the personages sellors, and great officers, and their coming in, like a kirk filling. A mur- attendants, a vast crowd, all in their muring was heard around, like the robes of state,--and a most gorgeous sough of rushing waters, and now and show they made,-came into the Hall, then the sound of an audible angry followed by the King himself, who voice. As the dawn brightened, the entered with a marvellous fasherie, as Hall was lightened ; and the broad I thought it, of formalities, and so patches of white, and red, and other he seemed, or I'm mistaken, to think hírnself; for I could see he was now gons, and servers, and other dunkled and then like to lose his temper at the and old-fashioned articles of the like stupidity of some of the attendants. metal, were placed in shelves on each But it's no new thing for kings to be side of the throne for a show, like the ill-served ; and our Majesty might by pewter plates, dripping pans, pot lids, this time, I think, have been used to and pint stoups in a change-house kitthe misfortune,-considering what sort chen. Some thought it very grand; of men his ministers are.
but, for me, I thought of King HezeShortly after the King had taken kiah shewing his treasures to the meshis place on the throne, the crown, sengers of Berodach-baladan, the son and the other utensils of royalty, were of Baladan, King of Babylon ;-for brought, with a great palavering of the foreign ambassadors, whose names priesthood and heraldry, and placed on are worse to utter than even that of the the council-table before him, and when son of Baladan, and to spell them is he had ordered the distribution there- past the compass of my power, sat near of, the trumpets began to sound, and to this grand bravado of ancient pagethe whole procession to move off. His antry. Majesty, when he reached the head of By this time I had got some insight the stairs, was for a time at some doubt into the art of seeing a Coronation, so as to the manner of descending, till a that, after satisfying my curiosity with noble in scarlet came and lent him his the internals of the Hall, I strayed out arm, for the which his Majesty was upon the platform, partly to get a very thankful at the bottom. Mean- mouthful of caller air, and partly to while a most idolatrous chaunting and get a drink of porter, for the weather singing was heard, as the procession was very warm, and I was very dry, slided slowly down the Hall, and out by reason of the same, with the help at the door, and along the platform to of a biscuit in my pocket. And while the Abbey. Those who had places for I was about the porter-job in one of the Abbey as well as the Hall then the two public-houses before spoken hurried out; and, while the King was of, a shout got up, that the procession absent, there was but little order or sie was returning from the Abbey, and I lence in the company, people talking got up and ran to get back to my seat and moving about.
in the Hall; but as the crowd was easy I now began to weary, and to grudge and well bred, before I reached the door at not having got a ticket to the Ab- I halted, and thought I might as well bey likewise; but trusting to Doctor take a look of the procession, and comPringle and the Mistress for an account pare it with our King Crispin's Coroof what was doing there, it behoved nation, which took place on the 12th me to be content: so, with others, I of November, A.D. 1818; and the orstepped down from where I was sitting, der of which I will state herein, with and looked at the preparations for annotations, to the end and intent, dressing the royal table, which had a that posterity, in reading this book, world of pains bestowed on it-divers may have a clear notion of what it gentlemen measuring with foot-rules was; and the more especially that his the length and the breadth thereof Majesty's ministers, -I mean those of that was to be allowed for the dishes, King George IV,-may have a proper no jooking the tithe of an inch in the pattern for the next ceremony of the placing of the very saltfits. But there kind—for it was most manifest to me, was one thing I could not comprehend; that the shoemakers' affair was a far which was a piece of an old looking- finer show than the one that I had glass, in a green painted frame, with come so far afield to see. But this is four gilded babies, about the size of a not to be wondered at, considering how bairn's doll, at the corners, placed flat much more experience the craft have; in the middle. Surely, it was not for they being in the practice of crownthe intent to let the King see how he ing and processing with King Crispin, looked with the crown on his brows; according to law, every year; by which and, if it was not for that purpose, I they have got a facility of hand for the wonder what it was there for?—but business, as is seen in their way of dotruly it was a very poor commodity. ing the same; the form and order In the mean time, golden vessels, flag- whereof follows.
ORDER OF THE PROCESSION OP KING CRISPIX.
Nov. 1818, about 19 o'clock.
A Cossack. (9)
A party of Caledonians, with two
Pipers. (10) Then follows part of the Body.
Supported by two Bashaws. (11)
Standard-Bearer, supported by two
Supported by two Aldermen.
Ten White Apron Boys. (12) And protected by four Life-Guards.
Standard-Bearer, supported by two Standard-Bearer, supported by two
Three Adjutants. (1) There was no Champion in the procession of his Sacred Majesty.–Surely it was a great omission to leave him out.
(2) There was no such Band of Music, as at King Crispin's four fiddlers, three clarionets, with drums and fifes, but only Popish-like priests, and callants in their father's sarks, singing, and no good at it.
(3) Music again. His Sacred Majesty had no such thing.
(4) Band of Music the Third-It was the regiment's from the Barracks. What had King George to compare with that?
(5) King George IV. had but six pages-King Crispin had nine, bearing up his train.
(6) Music again. O what scrimping there was of pleasant sounds, compared to our show at Glasgow !
(7) Music again. Think of that, Lord Londonderry, and weep_no wonder you delight in stratagems and spoilsI'll say no more.
(8) I didna approve, at the time, of this show of the late King, being myself a loyal man, and the Radicals then so crouse ; for I thought, that the having the King of the past-time in the procession was like giving a hint to the commonality, that it would be a great reform to have Annual Kings as well as Annual Parliaments.
(9) A Cossack._ There was, to be sure, a Russian Ambassador; but what's an Ambassador compared to a Cossack ?
(10) “ A party of Caledonians, with two Pipers.”—There was no such thing.
(11) “ Indian King, supported by two Bashaws."-0, Lord Londonderry, but ye have made a poor hand o't--what had ye to set beside an Indian King, supported by two Bashaws ?
(12) “ Ten White Apron Boys."—For them we must count the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners.
But it's really needless to descend thus into particulars, the very order of King Crispin's Procession is sufficient to put the whole Government to the blush--to say nothing of the difference of cost.
Indeed I was truly mortified with a stately maiden madam, in a crimson the infirmities and defects of the whole mantle, attended by six misses carryaffair, and was hurrying away from it ing baskets of flowers, scattering round when I happened to see Mrs Mash- sweet smelling herbs, with a most malam with her husband on a booth, and jestical air, leading the van. She was I stoppit to speak to her, but she had the King's kail-wife, or, as they call seen nothing in the whole concern save her in London, his Majesty's herbonly her old friend the Duke of York. woman; and soon after there was a " When she saw him going to the Ab- great clamour of trumpets and sonobey with the lave, she rose up as he rous instruments, proclaiming as it passed,” said Mr Mashlam, pawkily, were, “ God save the King,” all the is and made him a courtesy, and the spectators standing, and the very raftear shot in her e'e."
ters of the hall dirling in sympathy, I thought by the glance she gave for truly it was a wonderful and conthe master at this jibe, that he had tinuous shout of exultation ; and my treaded rather hard on a tender corn, fine garb of sky blue, and the ladies! but she smiled, and taking him by the dresses suffered damage by the dust hand, made it all up by saying in a that came showering down from the kind manner in the words of the song, vibrating imagery and carvings of the “ For auld Robin Gray is ay kind to roof, as the King's Majesty passed on me." I hadna, however, time to spend under his golden canopy of state, and with them, but hurrying back to the ascended the steps leading to his throne, Hall, I was almost riven to pieces among looking around him, and bowing to a crowd of bardy ladies of quality, that every body. Both me and Doctor Prinhad drawn up with gallants when they gle, as well as the Mistress, thought he were in the Abbey and brought them cognised us in a most condescending with them, and insisted on taking manner; and here I must say for his them in whether the door-keepers Majesty, that he certainly did his part would or no. It was surprising to hear in a more kingly manner than Andrew with what bir and smeddum they Gilbert, who performed King Crispin, stood up to the door-keepers, not a never forgetting himself, but behaving few of them carrying their point with throughout most stately and gracious, even down flyting, to the black eclipse though often grievously scomphisht of all courtly elegance. Among them with the heat and the crowd; the
which I beheld, at last, Dr Pringle in his was not the case with Andrew, poor gown and bands, with Mrs Pringle fellow, as I saw myself from Mrs holding by his arın, toiling and win- Micklewraith's windows in the Galning by the sweat of their brows their lowgate, where in passing, having ocway towards the door. They were re- casion to blow his nose, instead of apjoicel to see me, and the moment they plying to the page that carried for him got within the door, the Doctor whis- a fine white pocket-napkin, he made pered to me with a sore heart, “0, use of his fingers for that purpose, yon is a sad remnant of the beast! Far which was surely a very comical outbetter it were had a man of God, like breaking of the natural man from Samuel with a pot of ointment in his aneath the artificial king. hand, gone alone to the king in the As I was looking at his sacred Majessecrets of the desert, and anointed ty with his crown and robes, I thought and hallowed him with prayer and of a worthy lady that told me of what supplication."
she had herself once witnessed, of his “This is Babylon -this is Baby- father's behaviour in the House of lon!" cried Mrs Pringle gaily, and Parliament—"I was there,” said Mrs aloud out at the same time; " but it Clinker, " with Mr Clinker and our was a very fine sight, that must be al- five dochters, to see the solemnities of lowed.”
the robing room in the House of The crowd began now so to press Lords; and there was a great congreupon us, that I was glad to hasten them gation of other ladies with some genin, and to get them up beside me in tlemen to keep them in countenance the gallery, where we were scarcely a most genteel company we were, and seated when the whole show, as I had all sitting in the greatest composity, seen it on the outside, but in a more waiting, like the ten, virgins in the confused manner, came into the Hall; parable, some of us wise and some Vol. X.