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THE

BOOK OF THE COURT.

LONDON :

PRINTED BY SAMUEL BENTLEY,

Dorset Street, Fleet Street.

THE

BOOK OF THE COURT;

EXHIBITING THE HISTORY, DUTIES, AND PRIVILEGES OF

THE SEVERAL RANKS OF THE

ENGLISIL NOBILITY AND GENTRY,

PARTICULARLY OF

THE GREAT OFFICERS OF STATE,

AND MEMBERS OF

THE ROYAL ILOISEUOLD:

INCLUDING

VARIOUS FORMS OF COURT ETIQUETTE, TABLES OF PRECEDENCY, RULES TO BE

OBSERVED AT LEVEES AND DRAWING ROOMS, ETC.

ALSO AN

INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ON REGAL STATE AND CEREMONIAL, AND A FULL

ACCOUNT OF THE CORONATION CEREMONY.

BY WILLIAM J. THOMS,

FELLOW OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:
HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

MDCCCXLIV.

TO HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY

THE QUEEN.

Madam,

I have the honour to dedicate to Your Majesty the following volume, which I have ventured to designate “ The Book of the Court;" and I beg leave, most respectfully, to tender my grateful thanks for the distinction which Your Majesty has conferred upon me, by granting me Your Majesty's gracious permission so to do.

May I be allowed to add to this expression of thanks, my fervent prayer for Your Majesty's long and happy reign, and that, --while under Your Majesty's governance, the country may boast of the same high honour in arms, and glory in the liberal arts, which distinguished it in the reign of Elizabeth, - Your Majesty may, under Providence, secure those advantages to Your people, without the heavy cares and ceaseless anxieties which their purchase entailed upon that illustrious Queen.

I remain,
With the profoundest veneration,

Madam,
Your Majesty's most faithful Subject

and dutiful Servant,

WILLIAM J. THOMS.

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