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wafers for the King and Queen, and to serve them up to their table, and to have all the instruments of silver and other metal used about the same, with the linen, and certain proportions of ingredients and other necessaries, and liveries for himself and two men.—Allowed; and the vice,* with the Lord's consent, performed by the King's officers. The fees compounded for thirty pounds.
4. The Lord Mayor and Citizens of London claimed to serve the King with wine after dinner in a gold cup, and to have the same cup and cover for his fee; and, with twelve other citizens by them appointed, to assist the Chief Butler of England in the butlership, and to have a table on the left hand of the Hall.—This claim was not allowed in the reign of King James, because the Charter of the City was then seised into the King's hands. They were, however, permitted, ex gratia, to execute the office, and to dine in the Hall; and moreover they had a cup and cover of twenty ounces of pure gold for their fee.
The said Lord Mayor and Citizens also claimed to serve the Queen in like manner ; but the claim, for the before-mentioned reasons, was disallowed.
5. The Mayor and Burgesses of Oxford, by Charter, claimed to serve in the office of butlership to the King, with the Citizens of London, with all fees thereunto belonging.--Allowed, and to have three maple cups for their fee; and also, ex gratia regis,t a large gilt bowl and cover, of one hundred and ten ounces.
6. The Lord of the manor of Bardolf, in Addington, Surrey, claimed to find a man to make a mess of grout in the King's kitchen, and that the King's master-cook might perform that service.-Allowed, and the said Lord of the Manor brought it up to the King's table.
7. The Lord of the manor of Ilmer, in Bucks, claimed to be Marshal, Surveyor, and Conservator, of his Majesty's hawks' in England, with divers fees, and the nomination of under officers. Not allowed, because not respecting the Coronation.
8. The Lord of the manor of Little Welden, who at that time was also seised of the bailiwicks of Keeper of the King's Buckhounds, claimed to be keeper and master of the same, and to keep twenty-four buck-hounds and sixteen harriers, and to have certain
* Duty belonging to a superior, which is performed for him by another.
+ Of the King's gracema law term used to signify the Royal Concession when no claim can be made out.
fees, and liveries for himself and servants.--Disallowed, for the same reason as the former.
9. The Master of the King's Great Wardrobe claimed to receive from his Deputy a Pall of cloth of gold, and to carry it to the altar, for the King to offer; and that his Deputy should attend near Garter King of Arms, in a robe of scarlet cloth, with a gold crown embroidered on the left sleeve.-Not allowed.
10. The Clerk of the Great Wardrobe claimed to bring a rich Pall of cloth of gold, to be held over the King's head while he is anointed, as also the Armil of cloth of tissue, and to attend near Garter King of Arms, in a robe of scarlet cloth, with a crown embroidered on the left sleeve.--Not allowed.
11. The Master of the Horse to the King claimed to attend at the Coronation as Serjeant of the Silver Scullery, and to have all the silver dishes and plates served on that day to the King's tables, with the fees thereto belonging; and to take assay of the King's meat at the kitchen dresser-bar.-Not allowed, because not claimed heretofore, but left to make application to the King, who was pleased to allow the said service and fees, as the Duke of Albemarle enjoyed them on the Coronation of Charles the Second, by virtue of the same post.
12. The Lord of the manor of Nether Bilsington, in Kent, claimed to present the King with three maple cups by himself or Deputy.—Allowed.
13. The Lord of the manor of Wynfred, in Dorsetshire, claimed to serve the King with water for his hands, and to have the bason and ewer for his fee.-Not allowed.
14. The Duke of Norfolk, as first Earl of England,* claimed to redeem the sword offered by the King at the Altar, and to carry it before his Majesty, in his return to his Palace, and reservation of other rights and dignities, with fees, &c.
15. And also, as Earl of Surrey, claimed to carry the second sword before the King, with all privileges and dignities thereto belonging.–Neither of these claims admitted, as not allowed at the last Coronation.
16. The Earl of Exeter, Sir George Blundell, and Thomas Snaggs, Esq. as seised of several parts of the Barony of Bedford, respectively claimed to execute the office of Almoner; and as the
* This was as Earl of Arundel, a title which was assumed in the year 1067, in the reign of King Henry II. by tenure of the Castle of that name.
fees of that office, to have the silver alms bason, and the distribution of all the silver therein, and of the cloth spread for their Majesties to walk on; as also the fine linen towel, a tun of wine, &c.—On reference to the King to appoint which of them he pleased, the Earl of Exeter was appointed pro hac vice,* with a salvo juret to the other two parties. But the silver dish, and the cloth from the throne in Westminster Hall to the West door of the Abbey, were not allowed. The Court granted three hundred and five ounces of gilt plate in two large chased hasons.
17. The Dean and Chapter of Westminster claimed to instruct the King in the rites and ceremonies used at the Coronation; to assist the Archbishop in divine service; to have the custody of the Coronation robes ; to have robes for the Dean and his three Chaplains, and for sixteen Ministers of the said Church; the royal habits put off in the Church, the several oblations, furniture of the Church, canopy, staves and bells, and the cloth on which their Majesties walk from the West door of the Church to the Theatre, &c.Allowed, except the custody of the regalia, and the fees referred to the King's pleasure.
18. The Churchwardens of St. Margaret's Westminster, claimed to have the cloth (lying in their parish) whereon the King goes in procession, for the use of the poor.
19. The Vicar and Churchwardens of St. Martin's in the Fields, claimed a share of the said cloth for their poor;—but these claims were only read, and not admitted.
20. The Earl Marshal of England claimed to appease the debates that might arise in the King's house on this day; to keep the doors of the same, and of the Abbey, &c. and to dispose of the places to the Nobles, &c. with all the fees belonging thereunto.Disallowed as unprecedented, and in several respects counterclaimed by the Lord Great Chamberlain.
21. The Lord of the manor of Ashele, in Norfolk, claimed to perform the office of the Napery, and to have all the table-linen wben taken away.-Not allowed, because not made out.
* For that duty. + Saving the right--that is to say, allowing the privileges of other two claimants, although the service was performed by one of the possessors of the Barony only.
Table linen.--The expression is derived from the Italian word Naperia, which is of the same signification.
22. The Earl of Derby, as seised in fee of the Isle and Castle of Pelham and dominion of Man, claimed to present the King with two falcons on this day. - Allowed, and the falcons presented accordingly.
23. The Earl of Kent claimed to carry the great spurs before the King; but the same being counterclaimed by Lord Grey de Ruthny, was allowed to the latter, who bore them accordingly. The claim of the Duke of Norfolk, as Earl of Surrey, to the same honour, being also rejected.
24. The Barons of the Cinque Ports claimed to carry the canopy over the King and to have the same, with the staves and bells for their fees, and to dine in the Hall on the King's right hand. Allowed.
25. The Lord of the manor of Scoulton, alias Bourdelies, in Norfolk, claimed to be chief larderer, and to have for his fees the provisions remaining after dinner in the larder.-Allowed, together with the office of caterer.
26. These services were counterclaimed by the Lord of the manor of Eston and Montem, in Essex--But it appearing to the King on reference, that other manors were seve
everally holden by the same service, the former was appointed pro hac vice, with a salvo jure to the latter.
27. The Lord of the manor of Wyrksop claimed to find the King a right-hand glove, and support his right arm while he held the sceptre.--Allowed.
28. The Bishops of Durham and Bath and Wells claimed to support the king in the Processsion.--Allowed; and the Bishops of London and Winchester, were appointed to support the Queen.
29. The Lord of the manor of Fyngrith, in Essex, claimed to be Chamberlain to the Queen for the day; and to have the Queen's bed and furniture, the basons, &c. belonging to the office; and to have a Clerk in the Exchequer to demand and receive the Queen's gold.-Disallowed, as not established.
30. The Lord of the manor of Great Wimondley, Hertfordshire, claimed, as Chief Cup-bearer, to serve the King with the first cup of silver gilt at dinner, and to have the cup for his fee.—Allowed.
31. The Lord of the manor of Heydon, in Essex, claimed to hold the bason and ewer to the King, by virtue of one moiety, and the towel by virtue of another moiety of the said manor, when the King washes before dinner.-Allowed as to the towel only.
32. The Duke of Norfolk, as Earl of Arundel, and Lord of Kenninghall manor in Norfolk, claimed to perform by Deputy the
office of Chief Butler of England; and to have for his fees the best cup of gold and cover, with all the vessels and wine remaining under the bar, and all the pots and cups, except those of gold and silver, in the wine-cellar, after dinner.—Allowed, with only the fee of a cup and ewer, which was thirty-two ounces of pure gold.
Besides these claims, his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, as his fee, according to ancient usage, received the purple velvet chair, cushion, and foot-stool, whereon he sits at the Coronation.
The Officers of the removing wardrobe also usually received as their fee, the pall of cloth of gold, held over the King at his Coronation,
The following are some further allowances connected with the ceremony of the claims at the Coronation of the Kings of England:
1. To the Lord Almoner, for the day, 305 ounces of gilt plate in two large gilt chased basins.
2. The gold cup and cover to the Lord Mayor of London, was 20 ounces of pure gold.
3. To the Mayor of Oxford, a high gilt bowl and cover, richly chased, of 110 ounces, as a gift from the King to that City, with his Majesty's arms engraved on it.
4. To the Champion a high bowl and cover, finely chased and gilt, of 36 ounces-all which bowls were enchased with his Majesty's cypher.
5. To the Duke of Norfolk, as Chief Butler of England for the day, a cup of pure gold, of 32 ounces.
6. To the Lord Great Chamberlain, as Chief Officer of the Ewry, two large gilt chased basins, and one gilt chased ewer.
On the 24th of August, a royal messenger arrived in London from the Earl of Harcourt, with the treaty of marriage between His Majesty and Her Most Serene Highness the Princess Charlotte, concluded and signed on the 15th instant, by his Lordship and M. Zesterfleth, Privy Councillor and first Marshal of the Court to the Duke of Mecklenberg Strelitz. By the same despatches