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J. B. NICHOLS AND SON, 25, PARLIAMENT-STREET.
SOLD BY SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL, STATIONERS'-COURT; AND ALL
1638, Mary, Queen dowager of France ;*
1814, Alexander Emperor of Russia, and FrederickWilliam King of Prussia.t
The visit of Henry the Seventh to St. Paul's, to offer his standards after the battle of Bosworth, is noticed in the following pages, in connection with his first entrance into the City. Similar religious services were, previously to the Reformation, of frequent and ordinary occurrence; but the first Protestant ceremony of the kind, the first that deserves the name of a National Thanksgiving, was that which Queen Elizabeth celebrated in 1588, after the defeat of the Spanish Armada.I In 1620, King James went in state to St. Paul's, to give encouragement to the repairs of the Cathedral, then in progress. Queen Anne went several times to return thanks for her victories.
It should also be noticed that, besides several occasions on which triumphs on the Thames were combined with those on land, as noticed in the following pages, there were others on which the citizens evinced their loyalty in merely aquatic exhibitions. Among these, there are printed tracts, on the Creation of Henry Prince of Wales, in 1610 ; || on that of Charles
See the “ Histoire de l'Entrée de la Reine Mere dans le Grande Bretagne. Par R. De la Serre, 1639,” 4to; re-edited by Richard Gough, esq. Director S.A., in 1775, 4to. One of the plates presents the best view we have of Cheapside before the great fire ; a portion of it is copied in Wilkinson's Londina Illustrata.
+ See “ An Account of the Visit of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, with their Imperial and Royal Majesties the Emperor of all the Russias and the King of Prussia, to the Corporation of London, in June 1814. Printed by order of the Corporation ;” 4to. pp. 79, with a coloured print of the interior of Guildhall during the entertainment.
| See in Nichols's Progresses of Queen Elizabeth an account of this solemnity, a table of the procession, and documents relating to it from the records of the Corporation, and the Company of Stationers.
See Nichols's Progresses of King James the First, vol. iii. pp. 593 -602.
11 “ London's Love to the Royal Prince Henrie, meeting him on the River of Thames, at his returne from Richmonde, with a worthie Fleet of Citizens, on Thursday the last of May 1610, with a briefe reporte of the water fight and the fireworkes. London, printed by Edw. Allde, for Nathaniell Fosbroke, and are to be sold at the west end of Paules, neere to the Bishop of Londons gate, 1610.” 4to. pp. 29. A copy was sold in the
Prince of Wales, in 1616;"* and the arrival of Queen Catharine of Portugal, in 1662.+
The exhibitions called Pageants resembled very closely the performances of the early stage. The latter were performed, before theatres yet existed, on scaffolds in the open street. I
library of James West, esq. Pres. R.S. in 1773; one is in the Bodleian Library, among the collection bequeathed by Richard Gough, esq. Director S.A.; another, sold as a duplicate from the library of the same gentleman, is now in the possession of Sir Francis Freeling, bart. ; one, at the sale of Mr. Bindley's library in 1819, was purchased for £.6; and one is in the possession of Mr. Archdeacon Wrangham. It is re-printed in Nichols's Progresses, &c. of King James the First, vol. ii. pp. 315-323,
*“Civitatis Amor; the Cities Love; an Entertainment by water at Chelsey and Whitehall, at the joyfull receiving of that illustrious Hope of Great Britaine, the high and mighty Charles, to bee created Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornewall, Earl of Chester, &c. Together with the ample order and solemnity of his Highnesses Creation, as it was celebrated in his Majesties Palace of Whitehall on Monday, the fourth of Novem ber, 1616. As also the Ceremonies of that ancient and honourable Order of the Knights of the Bath; and all the Triumphs showne in honour of his Royal Creation. London, printed by Nicholas Okes for Thomas Archer, and are to be sold at his shop in Popes-head-pallace. 1616.” At the sale of the White Knights' collection this was sold for £4. 48.; and at that of the library of W. B. Rhodes, esq. for £5. 58. One, with a fine portrait of the Prince by Delaram inserted, was marked at £8. 88. in Mr, Thorpe's Catalogue for 1824. It is re-printed in the work mentioned in the previous note, vol. iii. pp. 208—223.
“ Aqua Triumphalis : being a true relation of the honourable the City of Londons entertaining their Sacred Majesties upon the river of Thames, and wellcoming them from Hampton Court to White Hall ; expressed and set forth in severall Shows and Pageants, the 23 day of August, 1662. Written by John Tatham, Gent. London, printed for the Author by J. Childe and L. Parry, dwelling in Dogwell Court in White Fryers, 1662.” folio, pp. 20. A copy, formerly Mr. Gough’s, is at the Bodleian Library, and another is in the City of London Library. One appeared at the Rhodes sale.-—The same author published in the previous year : Neptune's Address to his most Sacred Majesty Charles King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland; congratulating his happy Coronation, celebrated April 21, 1661, in several designations and shews upon the water before Whitehall, at his Majesty's return from the land triumphs." folio.
The performance of one of those sacred dramas called Mysteries, in