Item, Paid to link-boys, for lighting the Commissioners and Council of Officers home to their lodgings, ninety-four pounds.

Item, Paid unto the centinels, for pissing near the guard, fifty, seren pounds, three shillings, and six pence.

Item, for East-India night-gowns for the Commissioners, and the rest of the Officers, and for night-caps for them, two hundreu and thirty-three pounds.

Item, Paid the chaplains for three fast-days, and for pome-ci. tron to keep the Commissioners empty stomachs from wambling, seven-hundred eighty-nine pounds.

Itein, For twelve pair of cut-finger'd gloves for myself to write in, ten pounds.

Item, for coffee, which the Commissioners drank every morn. ing, especially when they had got a dose over night, thrce-hundred and forty pounds ten shillings.

Item, Towards the repairing the ruins of Troy, twenty-thousand pounds.

Item, For whips, tops, and jointed babies, for the Commissioners younger children, cighty-nine poiinds seren shillings.

Item, Fur writing out the instrument of government seven times orer, fifty pounds.

Item, Allowed Colonel IIcwson, for his charges at the sessi. ons-house, four-hundred ninety-five pounds.

Item, For three blue beans in a blue bladder, ninety-three pounds.

Item, Paid to Lilly, for casting the natirities of the Commis. sioners children, five-hundred pounds,

Itém, Given to Sir Harry Vane three thousand pounds, to raise a regiment of anabaptists.

Item, Bestowed by his appointment upon incilers, promoters, and instigators, one-thousand pounds.

Iten, Gisen, as a present to the pops, twenty-thou and pounds by the said Sir Harry, for several and sundry courtesies dune liim by his holiness.

Item, For a hundred new cords, which were to be used when the Lord Lambert came to town, and also for new setting the ax in the Tower, two-hundred and four pounds, tive shillings, and

ten pence.

Item, for a very strong padlock to be hung upon the parliament house door, and a silver key, which was to be delivered to St. Peter, to be by him kept till the Lord Lambert should cah to hiin for it, one-hundred and ten pounds, twelve shillings, ani

cight pence:

dred pounds.

Item, Given the porter of Wallingford Ilouse, for letting the officers in and out, and sitting up all hours in the night, one-bun

Item, for drawing the mortgage of my Lord Lambert's house and lands, asd for fees to the council, two-humised pounds.

Item, For a new siding-hut for his lorüskip, because he was

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told that that, which he wore in the day of his wrath, made him look like a Finsbury archer, ten pounds.

Item, Bestowed in new-years gifts one upon another, every one giving out of the publick stock, seven thousand pounds.

Item, For a paddle, staff, and brown bill, for Major-General Desborough, when his worship pleases to walk his grounds, seven pounds ten shillings.

Item, Paid to Mr. Saloway for raisins, currants, and prunes, at excessive rates, for the keeping of Christmas, two-thousand pounds.

Item, Laid out for turbants, sashes, and scimitars for the Lord Lambert, and the rest of his adherents, nine-thousand five-hundred fifty-six pounds, which made men think they would have turned Turks, had they come into power.

Item, To the great officers in the commonwealth of Oceana, the Polemarch, the Strategus, and my Lord Epimonus, ten-thousand pounds, to buy them figy, melons, and yellow hats.

Item, Given in charity to the State of Venice, who are the bul. wark of Christendom, twelve-thousand pounds.

Item, Laid out upon a great hog-trough to be set up in Rumford, as a trophy of their publick magnificence, threc-thousand pounds.

Item, Sent into Lapland for the retaining of a certain necromancer, who was to assist them in the carrying on their great work, five-thousand pounds.

Item, For black wool and civet, to stop the ears of the Com. mittee and Council of Officers from hearing any thing that might tend to their own, or the good of the nation, fifty pounds.

Item, Laid out for a new scepter, for his intended Highness the Lord Lambert, five-hundred pounds.

Item, For granado's to fire the city, one-hundred pounds.

Item, Paid for a pound of May-butter, made of a cow's milk that fed upon Hermon Hill, given to the Lady Lawrence for pious uses, eighty-seven pounds ten shillings.

Item, Given to a projector, toward a certain design which he had to bring over an inchanted castle, to secure the Lord Lambert's foes in, five-thousand pounds.

Item, Paid to another projector, towards a design which he had to look into the middle of the Western Ocean, for a great Spa. nish Galleon that was sunk with the weight of the gold that she carried, some thirty years ago, two-thousand five-hundred pounds.

Item, For a fair pair of tables, with several bales of dice, that those Commissioners, who cared not to trouble themselves with the affairs of the nation, might not want something to pass the time away withal, fifty-seven pounds five shillings.

Item, For nine mill-stones for the Lord Lambert's nine wor. thies to wear about their necks instead of Georges, and for blue ribbons to hang them in, five-hundred pounds.

Item, For one of the Emperor of Russia's cast furr-gowns, for

the Lord Wareston to wear while he was President of the Committee, seven-hundred and fifty-four pounds.

Item, For a shoe-maker's measure to be provided by Colonel Hewson, for the Commissioners to take the length of the people's feet, twenty-thrée pounds.

Item, For a ton of sallet oil, to make their tongues glib, when they were to talk with the aldermen and common-council, two. hundred and thirty-three pounds, twelve shillings, and six pence.

Item, Paid the Lord Fleetwood, for, scraps given to the beggars at his door, three-hundred pounds.

Item, For twenty pair of castanets, for the ladies to dance ser. rabands at Sir Harry Vane's son's wedding, fifty pounds.

Item, Paid to the army, never a farthing.
Item, Paid to the navy, as much.

The sum total, amounting to four-hundred thirty-thousand pounds.

Thus your honours may see how vainly and profusely we have squandered away a very considerable sum, which your honours had carefully laid up for better and more important uses. I shall only say this, in the behalf of my masters, that, if you please not to be rigorous with them, and to call them to any further account, they will take it not a little courteously, and be bound to pray for your honours; though if your honours think fit to do otherwise, I do believe the whole nation in general will be more indebted to your justice.






Wich a List of those honourable Persons, who are to be created Knights of the

Bath at, bis Majesty's Coronation, the Twenty-third of April, 1661. [From a quarto, containing ten pages, printed at London, for Philip Stephens, at

the King's Arms, over-against the Middle Temple, 1661.]


knighthood, in the time of peace, according to the custom of England, he shall be honourably received by the officers of the court; sc. the steward, or the chamberlain, if they be present; but otherwise, by the marshals and ushers. Then there shall be provided two esquires of honour, grave, and well seen in courtship and nurture; as also in the feats of chivalry; and they shall be esquires, and governors in all things relating to him, who shall take the order abovesaid.

2. And, if the esquire do come before dinner, he shall carry up one dish of the first course to the king's table.

3. And, after this, the esquire's governors shall conduct the esquire that is to receive the order, into his chamber, without any more being seen that day.

4. And, in the evening, the esquire's governors shall send for the barber, and they shall make ready a bath, handsomely hung with linnen, both within and without the vessel, taking care that it be covered with tapestry, and blankets, in respect of the cold. ness of the night. And then shall the esquire be shaven, and his hair cut round. After which the esquire's governors shall go to the king, and say, “ Sir, it is now in the evening, and the esquire is fitted for the bath, when you please;" whereupon the king shall command his chamberlain, that he shall take along with him, unto the esquire's chamber, the most gentle and grave knights that are present, to inform, counsel, and instruct him, touching the order, and feats of chivalry: And in like manner, that the other esquires of the houshold, with the minstrels, shall proceed before the knights, singing, dancing, and sporting, even to the chamber-door of the said esquire.

5. And, when the esquire's governors shall hear the noise of the minstrels, they shall undress the said esquire, and put him naked into the bath; but, at the entrance into the chamber, the esquire's governors shall cause the musick to cease, and the esquires also for a while. And, this being done, the grave knights shall enter into the chamber, without making any noise, and, doing reverence to each other, shall consider which of themselves it shall be that is to instruct the esquire in the order and course of the bath. And when they are agreed, then shall the chief of them go to the bath, and, kneeling down before it, say with a soft voice : “ Sir! Be this bath of great honour to you;” and then he shall declare unto him the feats of the order, as far as he can, putting part of the water of the bath upon the shoulder of the esquire; and, having so donc, take his leave. And the esquire's governors shall attend at the sides of the bath, and so likewise the other knights, the one after the other, till all be done.

6. Then shall these knights go out of the chamber, for a while ; and the esquire's governors shall take the esquire out of the bath, and help him to his bed, there to continue till his body be dry ; which bed shall be plain, and without curtains. And, as soon as he is dry, they shall help him out of bed; they shall cloath him very warm, in respect of the cold of the night; and over his inner garments shall put on a robe of russet with long sleeves, har. ing a hood thereto, like unto that of an hermit. And the esquire being out of the bath, the barber shall take away the bath, with whatsoever appertaineth thereto, both within and without for his fer; and likewise for the collar (atont his neck) bc he carl, baron, banneret or batchelor, according to the custom of the court.

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7. And then shall the esquire's governors open the door of the chamber, and shall cause the antient and grave knights to enter, to conduct the esquire to the chapel: And, when they are come in, the esquires, sporting and dancing, shall go before the esquire, with the minstrels, making melody to the chapel.

8. And, being entered the chapel, there shall be wine and spices ready to give to the knights and esquires. And then the esquire's governors shall bring the said knights before the èsquire, to take their leave of him; and he shall give them thanks all together, for the pains, favour, and courtesy, which they have done him; and, this being performed, they shall depart out of the chapel.

9. Then shall the esquire's governors shut the door of the chapel, none staying therein except themselves, the priest, the chandler, and the watch. And in this manner shall the esquire stay in the chapel all night, till it be day, bestowing himself in orisons and prayers, beseeching Almighty God, and liis blessed Mother, that of their good grace they will give him ability to receive this high temporal dignity, to the honour, praise, and service of them; as also of the holy church, and the order of kriighthood. And, at day-break, one shall call the priest to confess him of all his sins, and, having hcard mattins and mass, shall afterwards be commended, if he please.

10. And after his entrance into the chapel, there shall be a ta. per burning before him; and, as soon as mass is begun, one of the governors shall hold the taper, until the reading of the gospel; and then shall the governor deliver it into his hands, who shall hold it himself, till the gospel be ended ; but then he shall receive it again from him, and set it before him, there to stand, during the whole time of mass.

11. And, at the elevation of the host, one of the governors shall take the hood from the esquire, and afterwards deliver it to him again, until the gospel in principio; and, at the beginning thereof, the governor shall take the same hood again, and cause it to be carried away, and shall give him the taper again into his own hands.

12. And then having a penny, or more, in readiness, rear to the candlestick, at the words verbum caro factum est, the esquire, kneeling, shall offer the taper and the penny; that is to say, the taper to the honour of God, and the penny to the honor of the person that makes him a knight. All which being pe;formed, the esquire's governors shall conduct the esquire to his chamber, and shall lay him again in bed, till it be full day-light. And when he shall be thus in bed, till the time of his rising, he shall be cloathed with a covering of gold, called Singleton, and this shall be lined with blue cardene. And when the governors shall see it fit time, they shall go to the king, and say to him, “ Sir! When doth it please you, that our master shall rise?” Whereupon the king shall command the grave knights, esquires, and minstrels, to go to the chamber of the said csquire, for to raise him, and to attire and dress him, and to bring him before him, into the hall. But,

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