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duke of Buckingham, and several of the nobility and gentry bare, to Canterbury, where his Majesty met the Mayor, Aldermen, and Mr. Recorder Love, who, after a speech made to his Majesty, presented him with a gold tankerd, and so conducted him to the palace, where he remains till Monday, and then intends to set forward on his journey, to be on Tuesday at London. Mr. Morris is knighted, and made secretary of state; Dr. Reynolds, and M. Calamy, chaplains.
“ His Majesty put the George on his excellency the lord-general Monck; and the duke of York, and duke of Glocester, put on the Garter; all these three royal princes joyning unanimously together to honour him.”
“On Monday, the 20 of May, bis Majesty came into Rochester, about five of the clock in the afternoon, and went immediately to colonel Gibbon his house, where his Majesty, the dukes of York and Glocester, lodged. After his Majesty had in his chamber eat something to refresh himself, he went to Chatham to see the Royal Soveraign, and the rest of his ships, where he gave Commissioner Pett so much honor as to receive the entertainment of a banquet from him; thence he returned to Rochester, and about eight of the clock supped: so shewing himself very courteous and gracious to the Colonel, who presented to his Majesty a very dutiful address, signed by himself and all the officers of his regi
ment, in behalf of themselves and the soldiers in it, which his Majesty received very graciously, and by many expressions to the Colonel, gave a testimony of his affection to him in particular, and to all the army in general of which his lodging with his royal brothers in his house was not the least demonstration. The next morning, Mr. Francis Clerk, and Mr. William Swan, both gentlemen of that county, received the honor of knighthood from his Majesty. The Mayor and Corporation of the city presented his Majesty with a bason and ewer of silver gilt, of a good value, which was well received. His Majesty took his journey from Rochester, betwixt four and five in the morning, the militia forces of Kent lining the waies, and maidens strewing herbs and flowers, and the several towns hanging out white sheets."
" At Blackheath the army was drawn up, where his Majesty viewed them, giving out many expressions of his gracious favor to the army, which were received by loud shootings and rejoicings ; several bonfires were made as his Majesty came along, and one more remarkable than the rest for its bigness, where the States arms were burned.
“ Thence the army being placed according to his Excellencies order, his Majesty marched towards London: and now because God himself, when he would set a mark of observance upon
his own magnalia, hath taken notice of the circumstance of time, it is very considerable here that it was his Majesties birth-day. He was heirapparent when first born, but had jus in re now when entring the metropolis of his kingdom, he took possession. All lets and hinderances, which have interven'd since his Majesties just right, are now so many arguments of his future fix'd and peaceable enjoyment. This the ancients intimate, when they tell us, Jupiter himself was not quiet in heaven till after a long war with the giants; may that God, by whom kings reign, long preserve him and the nation, a mutual blessing to each other!
“When his Majesty came to St. George's field, the Lord Mayor and the Aldermen were in a tent ready to receive him : there the Lord Mayor delivered unto his Majesty his sword upon his knees, which his Majesty gave back to him. After a repast taken there, his Majesty came to Whitehall in this manner: all the streets being richly hang'd with tapestry, and a lane made by the militia forces to London-bridge, from London-bridge to Temple-bar by the trained bands on one side, and the several companies in their liveries, and the streamers of each company, of the other side, by the rails ; from Temple-bar to Westminster by the militia forces, regiments of the army, and several gentlemen, formerly officers of the king's army, led by sir John Stawell; first marched a
troop of gentlemen, led by major-general Brown, brandishing their swords, in clothes of silver doublet, in all about 300, besides their servants ; then another troop, of about 200, in velvet coats, the footmen and liveries in purple; then another troop, led by alderman Robinson, with buff coats, silver sleeves, and green scarfs; after this, a troop with blue liveries, and silver lace, colors red, fringed with silver, about 130 ; after that, a troop, 6 trumpets, 7 footmen in sea-green and silver, their colors pinck, fringed with silver ; then a troop, with their liveries gray and blew, with silk and silver laces, 30 footmen, 4 trumpets, consisting of about 220, their colors sky, fringed with silver; another of gray liveries, 6 trumpets, colors sky and silver, of about 105 gentlemen; another troop of 70 gentlemen, 5 trumpets, colors sky and silver; another troop, led by the lord Clevland, of about 200 noblemen and gentlemen, colours blew, fringed with gold; another troop of about 100, black colors, fringed with gold; another troop of about 300.
“ After these came two trumpets, with his Majesties arms, the sheriffs men in red cloaks and silver lace, with half pikes, 79 in number; then followed the several companies of London, with their several streamers, all in black velvet coats with gold chains, every company having their footmen of their several liveries, some red and white, some pinck and white, some blew
and yellow, &c.; three trumpets in liveries richly laced, and cloth of silver sleeves, went before the company of the Mercers. After all these, came a kettle-drum, five trumpets, and three streamers, and very rich red liveries, with silver lace. The number of the citizens were about 600. After these, 12 ministers, another kettle-drum, four trumpets, then his Majesties life-guard, led by the lord Gerrard ; another party, led by sir Gilbert Gerrard, and major Rosecarron, and the third division by colonel Pragues; then three trumpeters in rich coats and satin doublets; the city marshal, with 8 footmen, in French green, trimmed with crimson and white; the city waits, the city officers in order, Dr. Warmstry, the 2 Sheriffs, and all the Aldermen of London, in their scarlet gowns, and rich trappings, with footmen in liveries, red coats, laced with silver, and cloth of gold; the heralds and maces in their rich coats; the Lord Mayor, bare; carrying the sword; his Excellency and the duke of Buckingham bare ; and then, the glory of all, his sacred Majesty rode between the dukes of York and Glocester; afterwards followed a troop bare, with white colours, then the general's life-guard; after which, another
gentry, sky, fringed with gold; after which, five regiments of the army horse, led by colonel Knight, viz. his Excellencies regiment, colonel Knight's, colonel Cloberrie's, lord Fauconberg's,