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Having nothing so much at heart as to procure the welfare and happiness of my people, and to render the same stable and permanent to posterity, I have, ever since my accession to the Throne, turned my thoughts towards the choice of a Princess for


Consort; and I now with great satisfaction acquaint you, that, after the fullest information, and mature deliberation, I am come to a resolution to demand in marriage the Princess Charlotte of Mecklenberg Strelitz, a Princess distinguished by every eminent virtue and amiable endowment, whose illustrious line has constantly shewn the firmest zeal for the Protestant Religion, and a particular attachment to my family. I have judged proper to communicate to you these my intentions, in order that you may be fully apprised of a matter so highly important to me and to my Kingdoms, and which, I persuade myself, will be most acceptable to all my loving subjects.

In consequence of this declaration, on the following day the Earl of Harcourt was appointed His Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of Mecklenberg, to conduct to England the future Queen, in the Charlotte royal yacht, the command of which, with its accompanying squadron, was entrusted to Lord Anson.

The same day on which the King announced the above intention, he also signed a proclamation for his Coronation, and the meeting of the Court of Claims, of which the following is

copy A PROCLAMATION, Declaring His Majesty's Pleasure touching His Royal Coronation;

and the Solemnity thereof. GEORGE R.

WHEREAS We have resolved, by the favour and blessing of Almighty God, to celebrate the solemnities of Our Royal Coronation upon Tuesday the twenty-second day of September next, at Our Palace at Westminster: and forasmuch as. by antient customs and usages, as also in regard of divers tenures of sundry manors, lands, and other hereditaments, many of Our loving subjects do claim, and are bound to do and perform divers several services on the said day, and at the time of the Coronation, as, in times precedent, their ancestors, and


those from whom they claim, have done and performed at the Coronations of Our famous progenitors and predecessors: We therefore, out of our princely care for the preservation of the lawful rights and inheritances of Our loving subjects, whom it may concern, have thought fit to give notice of, and publish Our resolutions therein; and do hereby give notice of and publish the same accordingly: and We do hereby further signify, that by Our Commission under Our Great Seal of Great Britain, We have appointed and authorized Our most dearly beloved Brother and Councillor EDWARD Duke of York; Our Dearly beloved Uncle and Councillor WILLIAM Duke of Cumberland; the Most Reverend Father in God, Our Right Trusty and Right entirely beloved Councillor Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all England, and Metropolitan ; Our Right Trusty and well-beloved Councillor Robert Lord Henley, Baron of Grainge, Our Chancellor of Great Britain; Our Right Trusty and Right well-beloved Cousins and Councillors John Earl Granville, President of Our Council; Richard Earl Temple, Keeper of Our Privy Seal; Our Right Trusty and Right entirely beloved Cousins and Councillors William Duke of Devonshire, Lord Chamberlain of Our Household ; Charles Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, John Duke of Bedford, John Duke of Rutland, Master of Our Horse; Charles Duke of Queensbury, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster, Our Great Chamberlain ; Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle, First Lord Commissioner of our Treasury; Lionel Duke of Dorset, Lord Warden of Our Cinque Ports; Our Right Trusty and wellbeloved Councillor John Manners, Esq. commonly called Marquis of Granby, Lieutenant General of Our Ordnance; Our Right Trusty and Right well-beloved Cousins and Councillors William Earl of Talbot, Lord Steward of Our Household; Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Groom of the Stole ; Basil Earl of Denbigh, Daniel Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Anthony Earl of Shaftesbury, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, William Henry Earl of Rochford, George Earl of Albemarle, William Earl of Jersey, Francis Earl of Godolphin, George Earl of Cholmondeley, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster; John Earl of Hyndford, John Earl of Bute, one of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Dunk Earl of Halifax, Our Lieutenant General and General Governor of Our Kingdom of Ireland ; James Earl of Waldegrave, William Earl of Bath, Granville Levison Earl Gower, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Henry Arthur Earl of Powis, Comptroller of Our Household; Charles Earl of Egremont, Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Constable of Our Tower of London ; Philip Earl of Hardwicke, John Earl Delawarr, John Earl of Egmont, Wills Earl of Hillsborough, Percy Earl of Thomond, Treasurer of Our Household; Our Right Trusty and well-beloved Cousins and Councillors, Hugh Viscount Falmouth, William Viscount Barrington, Chancellor and Under Treasurer of Our Exchequer; John Viscount Bateman, John Viscount Ligonier, Master General of Our Ordnance; Our Right Trusty and well-beloved Councillors Philip Yorke, Esq. commonly called Lord Viscount Royston ; John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Allen Lord Bathurst, Samuel Lord Sandys, George Lord Anson, First Lord Commissioner of Our Admiralty; William Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of Our Court of King's Bench; George Lord Lyttleton, George Lord Melcombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, William Finch, Esq. Vice Chamberlain of Our Household; George Townshend, Esquire, Henry Bilson Legge, Esquire, George Grenville, Esquire, Treasurer of Our Navy; James Grenville, Esquire, Cofferer of Our Household; William Pitt, Esq. One of Our Principal Secretaries of State ; Sir John Willes, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas; Sir John Rushout, Baronet, Henry Fox, Esquire, Paymaster General of our Forces ; Sir Thomas Clarke, Knight, Master of the Rolls; Charles Townshend, Esquire, Our Secretary at War; Robert Nugent, Esquire, Welbore Ellis, Esquire, and Sir Francis Dashwood, Baronet, Treasurer of Our Chamber; or any five or more of them, to receive, hear, and determine, the petitions and claims which shall be to them exhibited by any of Our loving subjects in this behalf: and we shall appoint Our said Commissioners for that purpose, to sit in the Painted Chamber of Our Palace at Westminster, upon Tuesday, the twenty-first day of this instant, July, at ten of the clock in the forenoon of the same day, and, from time to time to adjourn, as to them shall seem meet, for the execution of Our said Commission, which We do thus publish, to the intent that all such persons, whom it may any ways concern, may know when and where to give their attendance for the exhibiting of their petitions and claims, concerning the services beforementioned to be done and performed unto Us at Our said Coronation : and We do hereby signify unto all and every of Our subjects, whom it may concern, that Our will and pleasure is, and we do hereby strictly charge all persons, of what rank or quality soever they be, who either upon Our letters to them directed, or by reason of their offices or tenures, or otherwise, are to do any service at the said day or time of Our Coronation, that they do duly give their attendance accordingly, in all respects furnished and appointed as to so great a solemnity appertaineth, and answerable to the dignities and places which every one of them respectively holdeth and enjoyeth ; and of this they, or any of them, are not to fail, as they will answer the contrary at their perils, unless upon special reasons by Ourself, under Our hand, to be allowed, We shall dispense with any of their services or attendances.

Given at Our Court at St. James's, the 8th day of July, 1761, in the 1st year of Our Reign.


The Monday following being the 13th, between eleven and twelve o'clock, the Officers of Arms, Serjeants at Arms, and others, mounted their horses, and at Westminster Hall gate, Windsor Herald (after the trumpets had thrice sounded) read the Proclamation aloud; which being done, a procession was made to Temple-bar (where the Constables of the City and Liberty of Westminster retired, and were replaced by those of the City of London, the City Marshal attending) in the following order :

A party of Constables, with their staves, to clear the way.
High Constable of Westminster, with his staff.
Knight Marshal's Men, two and two.

Drums, two and two.

Trumpets, two and two. Serjeant Trumpeter in his Collar, bearing his Mace. Blue-Mantle, (Isaac Heard, Gent.) and Rouge-Dragon, (Thomas Sheriff)

Pursuivants, in their Tabards of his Majesty's Arms.
Rouge-Croix Pursuivant, (Henry Hastings, Gent.) in his Tabard of his Majesty's

Arms, having a Serjeant at Arms on his left hand.
Lancaster Herald, in his Tabard and Collar, having a Serjeant at Arms

on his left hand. Windsor Herald, (Henry Hill, Esq.) in his Tabard and Collar, between two

Serjeants at Arms.
A party of Constables, to close the procession.

At the end of Chancery-lane, Lancaster Herald made proclamation; and, lastly, at the Royal Exchange (in 'Change time), Rouge-Croix

Pursuivant proclaimed it a third time, which ended with loud acclamations from multitudes of people present.

As the nature of the Court of Claims has been fully explained in the foregoing Proclamation, the following account of its proceedings will elucidate and bring forward some of the claims themselves.



Setting forth those which have been allowed or rejected, according to

the Record of the Court of Claims, the 1st of James II.

1. The Lord Great Chamberlain of England claimed to carry the King his shirt and clothes the morning of the Coronation, and with the Lord Chamberlain to dress the King, to have forty yards of crimson velvet for a robe, also the King's bed and bedding, and furniture of his chamber where he lay the night before, with his wearing apparel and night-gown; also to serve the King with water before and after dinner, and to have the basons and towels, and cup of assay.*--Allowed, except the cup of assay; but, as chief officer of the ewry, he had two large gilt chased basons, and one gilt chased

He received the forty yards of velvet, and the rest of the fees were compounded for two hundred pounds.—Counterclaimed by the Earl of Derby, but disallowed.

3. The King's Champion claimed his office, as Lord of Scrivelsby manor in Lincolnshire, to perform the said office, and to have a gold cup and cover, with the horse on which he rides, the saddle, armour, and furniture, and twenty yards of crimson satin. Allowed, except the twenty yards of satin—the cup thirty-six ounces.—Counterclaimed by another branch of the family, but disallowed.


3. The Lord of the Manor of Lyston, in Essex, claimed to make

* A vessel to contain a portion of the water in which the King is to wash, as a specimen or sample of the remainder. The word assay is derived from the French noun Essai, a proof, trial, or taste. The office of the Ewry iv the King's Household, includes the care of the linen for his table, and the serving up of water in silver ewers and basons, after dinner.

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