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surprized at the great Number of Cups, faid, " He "should have thought it more suitable to the Life of "Students, if they had used rather Glass, or Ear-. "then-ware, than Silver." The College answered, '* They were ready to make him a Present of all "their Plate, provided he would undertake to supply "them with all the Glass, and Earthen-ware, they "should have a Demand for; since it was very "likely he would find the Expence, from constant "breaking exceed the Value of Silver."

The Streets in this City are very handsome and clean; but that which is named from theGold smiths who inhabit it, surpasses all the rest: There is in it a gilt Tower, with a Fountain that plays. Near it on the farther Side is a handsome House, built by a Goldsmith, and presented by him to the City. There are besides to be seen in this Street, as in all others where there are Goldsmiths Shops, all Sorts of Gold and Silver Vessels exposed to fale; as well as ancient and modern Medals, in such Quantites as must fur* prize a Man the first Time he fees and considers them.

Fitz- Stephens, a Writer of Englijh History, reckoned in his Time in Lomdon, 127 Parish Churches, a/id 13 belonging to Convents: He mentions besides, that upon a Review there of Men able to bear Arms, the People brought into the Field under their Colours, 40,000 Foot, and 20,000 Horse. Vide, Cambden's Britan. Aliddlesex.

The best Ojsttri are sold here in great Quantites.

Every..

Every body knows that Englijh Cloth is much approved of, for the Goodness of the Materials, and imported into all the Kingdoms and Provinces in Europe.

We were shewn, at the House of Leonard Smith, a Taylor, a most perfect Looking-glass, ornamented with Gold, Pearl, Silver and Velvet, so richly as. to be estimated at five hundred ecus du soleil. We faw at the fame Place the Hippocamp and Eagle Stone, both very curious and rare.

And thus much of LonDotf.

Upon taking the Air down the River, the first Thing that struck us, was the Ship of that noble Pirate, Sir Francis Drake, in which he is faid to have surrounded this Globe of Earth. On the lest Hand lies Ratcliffe, a considerable Suburb: On the opposite Shore is sixed a long Pole with Rams-horns upon it, the Intention of which was vulgarly faid to, be, a Reflexion upon wilful and contented Cuckolds,

We arrived next at the Royal Palace of Greenwich reported to have been originally built by Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, and to have received very magnificent Additions from Henry VII. It was here Eli' scabeth, the present Queen, was born, and here she generally resides; particularly in Summer, for the Delightfulness of its Situation. We were admitted, by an Order Mr, Rogers had procured from the Lord Chamberlain, into the Presence-Chamber, hung with rich Tapestry, and the Floor, after the Fashion, strewed with * Hay, through which the Queen commonly passes in her way to Chapel: At the Door stood a Gentleman dressed in Velvet, with a Gold Chain, whose Ossice was to introduce to the Queen any Person of Distinction, that came to wait on her: It was Sunday, when there is usually the greatest Attendance of Nobility. In the fame Hall were the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, a great Number of Counsellors of State, Officers of the Crown, and Gentlemen, who waited the Queen's coming out; which she did from her own Apartment, when it was Time to go to Prayers, attended in the following Manner:

. First went Gentlemen, Barons, Earls, Knights of the Garter, all richly dressed and bare-headed; next came the Chancellor, bearing the Seals in a red-silk Purse, between Two: One of which carried the Royal Scepter, the other the Sword of State, in a red Scabbard, studded with golden Fleurs deLis, the Point upward: Next came the Queen, in the Sixty-fifth Year of her Age, as we are told, very Majestic; her Face oblong, fair but wrinkled; her Eyes small, yet black and pleafant; her Nose a little hooked; her Lips narrow, and her Teeth black (a Defect the Englijh seem subject to, from their too great Use of Sugar); ihe had in her Ears two Pearls, with very rich Drops ; Ihe wore false Hair, and that red ; upon her Head she had a small Crown, reported to be made of some of the Gold of the celebrated

* He probably means Ruibcit * Vot. II. T Luntbourg

Lunebourg Table \: Her Bosom was uncovered, as all the Englijb Ladies have it, till they marry ; and she had on a Necklace of exceeding fine Jewels; her Hands were small, her Fingers long, and her Stature neither tall nor low; her Air was stately, her Manner of Speaking mild and obliging. That. Day she was dressed in white Silk, bordered with Pearls of the Size of Beans, and over it a Mantle of black Silk, shot with Silver Threads ; herTrain was very long, the End of it borne by a Marchioness; instead of a Chain,, she had an oblong Collar of Gold and Jewels. As she went along in all this State and Magnificence, she spoke very graciously, first to one, theii to another, whether foreign Ministers, or those who attended for different Reasons, in Englijh, French and Italian ; for, besides being well skilled in Greek, Latin, and the Languages I have mentioned, she is Mistress of Spanijb, Scotch and Dutch: Whoever speaks to her, it is kneeling ; now and then she raises some with her Hand. While we were there, W. Slatawa, a Bohemian Baron, had Letters to present to her; and she, after pulling off her Glove, gave him her right Hand to kiss, sparkling with Rings and Jewels, a Mark of particular Favour: Whereever she turned her Face, as she was going along, every body fell down on J their Knees. The Ladies

•f, At this Diftsnce of Time, it is difficult to fey what this was.

\ Her Father had been treated with the fame Deference, It it mentioned by.Fox in his Acts and Monuments, that when the Lori Chancellor went to apprehend Queen Catherine Parr, he spoke to the King on his Knees.'

K'ng James I. suffered his Courtiers to omit it:

Bacon's Papers, Vol. II. p. 516*. of the Court followed next to her, very handsome and we]l-ihaped, and for the most Part dressed in white; she was guarded on each Side by the Gentle,*! men Pensioners, fifty in Number, with gilt Battleaxes. In the Antichapel next the Hall where we were, Petitions were presented to her, and file received them most graciously, which occasioned the Acclamation of, Long Live Queen ELIZABETH! She answered it with, I Thank You My Good PEOPLE. In the Chapel wa» excellent Music; as soon as it and the Service was over, which scarce exceeded half an Hour, the Queen returned in the fame State and Order, and prepared to go to Dinner. But while she was still at Prayers, we faw her Table set out with the following Solemnity. • ".

, A Gentleman entered the Room bearing a Rod j and along with him another who had a Table-cloth, which, after they had both kneeled three Times With the utmost Veneration, he spread upon the Table, and after kneeling again, they both retired. Then came two others, one with the Rod again, the other with a Salt-feller, a Plate and Bread; when they had kneeled, as the others had done, and placed what was brought upon the Table, they too retired with the fame Ceremonies performed by the first. At last came an unmarried Lady (we were told she was a Countess) and along with.her a married one^ bearing a Tasting-knife; the former Was dressed in,f white Silk, who, when she had prostrated herself three Times in the most graceful Manner, apprdached' |he Table, and rubbed the Plates with Bread and Silf, T a tfitfi

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