Whitehall: Historical and Architectural Notes

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Seeley, 1895 - 80 pages

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Page 71 - I was witness of ; the king sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleaveland, and Mazarine, &c. ; a French boy singing love songs in that glorious gallery; whilst about twenty of the great courtiers and other dissolute persons were at Basset round a large table — a bank of at least 2,000 in gold before them — upon which, two gentlemen, who were with me, made reflections with astonishment. Six days after was all in the dust...
Page 70 - I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and profaneness, gaming, and all dissoluteness, and as it were total forgetfulness of God (it being Sunday evening) which this...
Page 61 - Bowtell asking him what government they should have now, he said, ' the same that then was.' There was no excuse for this : yet did he before, during the trial and execution, mock his Maker by hypocritical prayers ; and at those times and after, would shed tears for his master's unhappy situation and death."* The...
Page 70 - ... Queen, and stood by the King's left hand, but did not sit. Then was the banqueting-stuff flung about the room profusely. In truth, the crowd was so great, that though I stayed all the supper the day before, I now stayed no longer than this sport began, for fear of disorder. The cheer was extraordinary, each Knight having forty dishes to his mess, piled up five or six high ; the room hung with the richest tapestry.
Page 15 - Highness, therefore, straightly chargeth and commandeth all and singular his subjects, of what estate, degree, or condition soever they be, that they nor any of them do presume or attempt to hunt or to hawk, or in any means to take or kill, any of the said game within the precincts aforesaid, as they tender his favour, and will eschew the imprisonment of their bodies, and further punishment at his Majesty's will and pleasure.
Page 68 - Here I heard very good music, the first time that ever I remember to have heard the organs and singing-men in surplices in my...
Page 22 - That the Irish having robd Spensers goods, and burnt his house and a litle child new born he and his wyfe escaped, and after he died for lake of bread in King Street and refused 20 pieces sent to him by my Lord of Essex and said he was sorrie he had no time to spend them.
Page 51 - With one frown, divers of us being at Whitehall to see her (being at dinner, and the room somewhat over-heatwl with the fire and company), she drove us all out of the chamber. I suppose none but a queen could have cast such a scowl.
Page 18 - A little chest, ornamented all over with pearls, in which the Queen keeps her bracelets, earrings, and other things of extraordinary value.
Page 64 - The privy lodgings for his Highness the Lord Protector in Whitehall are now in readiness, as also the lodgings for his Lady Protectress ; and likewise the privy kitchen, and other kitchens, butteries, and offices ; and it is conceived the whole family will be settled there before Easter. " The tables for diet prepared are these : A table for his Highness. A table for coachmen, grooms, A table for the Protectress.

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