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with rich arras, as all other were, and furnished with tall yeomen to Serve. There were set tables round about the chamber, banquerwise covered; a cupboord was there garnished with white plate, having also in the same chamber to give the more light, four great places of silver set with great lights, and a great fire of wood and coaies. The next chamber, being the chanber of presence, was hanged with very rich arras, and a sumptuous cloth of eftare furnished with many goodly gentlemen to serve the tables, ordered in manner as the other chamber was, saving that the high iable was removed beneath the cloth of estate toward the middelt of the chamber covered. Then there was a cupboord, being as long as the chamber was in breadth, with fix deskes of height, garnyshed with guilt plate, and the nethermost desk was garnyshed all with gold plate, having with lights one paire of candle. flickes of filver and guilt, being curiously wrought, which cost three hundred markes, and Itanding upon the same, two lights of waxe burning as bigge as torches to set it forih. This cupboord was barred sound about, i hat no man could come nigh it, for there was none of all This place touched in this banquet, for there was sufficient besides. The plates that did hang on the walls to give light were of silver and guilt, having in them great pearchers of waxe burning, a great fire burning in the chimney, and all other things necessary for the furniture of so noble a fealt. Now was all things in a readiness, and supper tyme at hand, the principal officers caused the trumpetters to blow to wame to fupper: the officers discreetly went and conducted these noblemen from their chambers into the chambers where they should suppe, and caused them there to fic downe, and that done their service came up in such abundance both costly and full of surtleries, and with such a pleasant noyse of instruments of musicke, that the Frenchmen (as it seemed) were rapt into a heavenly paradise. You must understand that my Lord Cardinall was not yet comen thither, but they were merry and pleasant with their fare and devised suttleties. Before the second course my Lord came in, booted and spurred, all fodainely amongst them, and bade them proface* ; at whose coming there was great joy, with rifing every man from his place, whom my Lord caused to fit still and keep their roumes, and being in his apparell as he rode, called for a chayre and sat down in the middest of the high paradise, laughing and being as merry as ever I saw hym in all my lyff. Anone came up the second course, with so many dishes, suttleries and devises, above a hundred in number, which were of so goodly proportion and fo collly, that I thinke the Frenchmen never faw the like, the wonder was no less than it was worthy indeed. There were caftles with images, in the fame Paul's church, for the quantity as well counter. feired as the painter should have painted it on a cloth or wall. There were beasts, birds, foules, and personages, most lykely made and countcrfciced, some fighting with swords, tome with guns and cross-bows, fonie vaughting and leaping, fome dauncing with ladies, fome on horses in complete harnesse, justing with long and sharpe fpeares, with

" * An obsolete French term of falutation, abridged from Bon prou vous face, i. c. much good may it do you. See Cotgrave under The word Prou. The Italians had Profaccia from Bron pro vi faccia.”


many more devises. Among all, one I noted was a cheffe-boord, made of spiced place, with men there of the same, and for the good propor, tion, and because the Frenchmen be very cunning and expert in that play, my Lord Cardinall gave the same to a gentleman of France, commanding there should be made a goodly cale for the prelervation thereof in all hast, that he might convey the same fafe into his covatrey. Then tooke my Lord a bole of golde filled with Ipocrafle, and putting off his cap, said, I drinke to the King, my Soveraigne Lord, and next unto the King your master, and therewith did dryncke a good draught ; and when he had done, he desired the ground maiffre tu pledge him, cup and all, the which was well worth too markes, and lo caused all the boords to pledge these two Royal Princes: then went the cups so merrily about, that many of the Frenchmen were faine to be led to their beds. Then rose up my Lord, and went into his privy chamber to pull off his bootes, and to shift him, and then went he to supper, and making a very thort fupper, or rather a repaft, returned into the chamber of presence to the Frenchmen, using them fo lovingly and familiarly, that they could not, commend him too much; and whileft they were in communication, and other paftimes, all their liveries were served to their chambers ; every chamber had a bafon and an ewer of silver, a great liverey pot of glver, and some guilt; yea, and some chambers had two liverey pots, with wine and beere, a boule, a goblet, and a pot of sylver to drink in, both for their wine and beere; a filver candlesticke both white and plaine, having in it two sizes, and a staffe torche of waxe, a fine mancher, and a cheat loaf. Thus was every chamber furnished through the houle: and yet the cupboords in the two banqueting chambers were not touched. Thus when it was more than time convenient, they were conveyed to their lodgings, where they rested that night. 'In the morning, after they had heard mals, they dined with the Cardinall. and so departed to Windsor.”

.“ Henry. the Eighth added considerably to Cardinal Wolsey's buildings, as appears by the preamble to the act for creating the Honour of Hampton Court, which states, that " it had pleased the King of lace to erect, build, and make a goodly, sumptuous, beautiful, and princely manour, decent and convenient for a King, and to ornate the same with parks, gardens, and orchards, and other chings of great commoditie and pleasure thereto adjoyning, meet and pertinent to his Royal Majesty.” In the latter part of his reign it became one of his principal residences,

• Edward VI. was born at Hampton Court, on the 12th of Oc. tober, 1537, and his mother, Queen Jane Seymour, died there on the 14th of the same month. Her corpse was conveyed to Windfor by water, wbere she was buried the 12th of November. On the 8th of Auguft, 1540, Catherine Howard was openly Thewed as Queen ac Hampton Court. Catherine Parr was married to the King at this pa. lace, and proclaimed Queen on the 12th of July, 1543 : her brother, William Lord Parr, was creared Earl of Effex, and her uncle, Sir WilHar Parr, Lord Parr, at Hampton Court on the 24th of December following: the King was then about to keep his Christmas at this piace; where, during the holidays, he received Francis Gonzaga, the


Viceroy of Sicily. Edward the Sixth being at Hampton Court in 1551, created the Marquis of Dorset, Duke of Suffolk; and the Earl of Warwick, Duke of Northumberland. Phuip and Mary kept their Christmas at Hampton Court with great folemnity in 1558. “The great hall of the palace was illu ninated with sooo lamps curiously disposed; the Princess Elizabeth supped at the faine table with the King and Queen, next the cloth of itate, and after supper was served with a perfumed napkin and plate of confects by the Lord Paget; but The retired to her ladies before the revels, malkings, and disguisings began. On St. Stephen's day she heard marins in the Queen's closet, when she was attired in a robe of white farin, ftrurg all over with large pearls. On the 29th of December, she sat with their Majesties and the nobility at a grand spectacle of justing, when 200 spears were broken. Half of the combatants were accoutred in the Alinaine, and half in the Spanish fashion." Queen Elizabeth, after she came to the throne, frequently refided at Hainpron Court. She kept her Christmas there in 1572, and again in 1593.

« On the 14th of January, 1603-4, began the celebrated confer. ence between the Presbyterians and the members of the Ettablished Church, held before King James as moderator, in a withdrawing-room. within the privy chamber at Hampton Court, on the subject of conformity. 'I he divines who appeared on the part of the Presbyterians, were Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Sparks; Mr. Knewftubs and Mr. Chaderton : on the part of the Ettablithed Church, Archbishop Whitgift, Bishops Bancroft, Matthew, Biison, Babington, Rudd, Watson, Ro. binson, and Dove;. Drs. Andrews, Overall, Barlow, Bridges, Field, King, &c. All the Lords of the Council were present, and spoke occasionally on the subject of the conference, which lasted three days. In consequence of this conference a new translation of the Bible was ordered, and some alterations made in the Liturgy.

" King Charles I. retired to Hampton Court, on account of the plague in 1625, when a proclamation was published, prohibiting all communication between London, Southwark, or Lambeth, and this place. On the ruth of July that year, Paul Rozencranız, Ambassador from Denmark, had his audience at Hampton Court. The Marquis of Bleinville, Ambassador from France, about the same time, being very defirous of rifilling during his attendance on the Court in this palace, his retition, fupponied by the earnest request of the Queen, was at length, with much reluctance, granted ; for it was contrary to usage for an Ambassador to be lodged in any of the Royal Palaces. The lodgings afligned him “ were all those next the river, in the garden, which were fometimes the Lady Elizabeth's.” On the zift of Sep. tember, an Ambassador from Denmark had his audience in the prefence at Hampton Court, alihough the chapel had been originally af. figned for it. About the fame time, an Ambailador froin Beiblem Gabor, Prince of Transilvania, had his audience. “He was received by Lord Compton at the second gate, and there turning up the great fairs through the great ball and guard-chamber, the King was already under the State in the Privy Chamber expecting him.” On the uith of October the fanne year, Monf. de Baflompierre, Ambassador fron France, was carried through the great hall to his audience in the pre


fence chamber, where the King and Queen stood under the State to receive him, Charles I. was brought by the army to Hampion Court, on the 24th of August, 1647. Here he resided in a state of splendid imprisonment, being allowed to keep up the state and retinue of a Court till the urth of November, when he made his escape, accompanied by Sir John Berkeley, Mr. Anburnham, and Mr. Legge.

It has already been mentioned, that the Honour and Palace of Hampton Court were sold, in 1651, to John Phelps and others, credi. tors of the state ; but, previously to 1657, it came into the rofleflion of Cromwell, who made the palace one of his principal resi«lences. On the 18th of November in that year, his daughter Elizabeth's mara riage with Thomas Lord Falconberg was publicly folemnized there. His favourite child, Mrs. Claypoole, died ihere on the 6th of August in the following year, and was conveyed with great funeral poinp lo Wellminster Abbey.

" This palace was occasionally inhabited by Charles II. and James II. King William, who was very partial to the fituation, and resided much at Hampton Court, pulled down a great part of the old palace, which then consisted of five quadrangles, and employed Sir Christopher Wren to build on its fire the Fountain Court, which contains the itate apartments. Queen Anne, (being then Princess of Denmark) was broughe to bed of the Duke of Gloucester at Hampton Court, July 24, 1689. She resided there occasionally after her acceffion to the throne, as did her two successors, George l. and George II, but the palace has never been inhabited by his present Majesty. His Serene Highness the Prince of Orange, having quited liis own dominions in che month of January, 1795, in consequence of the revolution which then took place in Holland, found an alylum in this palace, where he still resides with his family:" P. 58.

The engravings which accompany this elegant work deserve the highest commendation ; and those which represent the various parts of Hampton-Court Palace, in pariicular, will be exceedingly accepiable to the antiquarian. We are by no means among those who are inclined to depreciate the value of topographical labours; on the contrary, we esteem them uleiul in an eminent degree to historical research, and other branches of useful learning. We would fumetimes perhaps check the 100 elaborate inveligation of minute and triffing objects and the want of this reserve is perhaps the only detect which can be impused to Mr. Lyfons. If this finall alloy of our praise should be at all unpleasing to the author, we shall not be the less inclined to express our lincere degre again to see his talents and bis industry exercised in similar purtuig; from which a multitude of readers will undoubredly derive an abundanc share of profit and amusement,

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Art. VI. The true History of the Conquest of Mexico.

(Concluded from our luft, p. 160.) W HILE Cortes was thus actively engaged in plundering his

V own foldiers, as well as the Mexicans, a sturm was gathering against him in a distant quarter, which; if properly disected, could not fail to strip him at once of his ill-gotten treasures, his troops, and perhaps his life. Velasquez, justly cnraged at Cortes, for throwing off his dependance on him the instant he assumed the command, had levied a large body of regular forces, and dispatched them under Pamphilo de Narvaez, with orders to arrest Cortes and his principal officers, and send them prisoners to Cuba.

The account of this expedition is given with great naivetè and spirit by the author. It ended, as every one knows, in the defeat of Narvaez, and the immediate junction of the two armies ; and indeed nothing less was to be expected from the different dispositions of the two chiefs ; Narvaez, rath, haughty, and insuspecting; Cortes, supple, wary, and intriguing. The soldiers of the former were seduced by the emissaries of the latter, and the battle was rather a feint than a serious engagemeni.

After the junction, Cortes led back his army, now amounting to near fourteen hundred effective men, by forced marches, to Mexico; where Alvarado, a most excellent soldier, but actuated by the diabolical spirit of his superior, had thrown every thing into confusion.

« The wheel of fortune making sudden turns, evil follows closely upon good, as was our case at present, our late successes being contrast. ed by melancholy news from Mexico. We now received intelligence by express from that city, whereby we were informed, that an insursection had broken out, and that Alvarado was besieged in his quarters, which they had set on fire, having killed seven of his men, and wounded many; for which reason he earnestly called for succour and support. When we received this news, God knows how it afflicted us! We set out by long marcbes for Mexico, leaving Narvaez and Salvatierra priLoners in Villa Rica, under the custody of Rodorigo Rangel, who also had directions to collect all the ftragglers, and to take care of the invalids, of whom there were many. At the moment we were ready to march, arrived four principal noblemen from the court of Montezuma, to lodge a formal complaint againit Alvarado, for having assaulted them when dancing at a solemn festival in honor of their gods, which he had permitted them to hold, whereby, in their own defence they had been forced to kill leven of his soldiers, Cortes replied to them in terms

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