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BOOK OF THE COURT;
EXHIBITING THE HISTORY, DUTIES, AND PRIVILEGES OF
THE SEVERAL RANKS OF THE
ENGLISIL NOBILITY AND GENTRY,
THE GREAT OFFICERS OF STATE,
AND MEMBERS OF
THE ROYAL ILOISEUOLD:
VARIOUS FORMS OF COURT ETIQUETTE, TABLES OF PRECEDENCY, RULES TO BE
OBSERVED AT LEVEES AND DRAWING ROOMS, ETC.
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.
TO HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY
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.
and dutiful Servant,
WILLIAM J. THOMS.