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house is to be let,' they desisted. Lastly, they did some damage to the house of the Resident of the Duke of Tuscany, in the Ilaymarket, carrying away some of his goods, when one Captain Douglas, coming thither with a company of trained bands to suppress them, a soldier, unadvisedly firing at the boys with ball, shot the Captain through the back, of which he lyes languishing. They also went to the houses of the French and other Ambassadors, but finding them deserted, and the landlords giving them money, they marched off.
“ On Thursday, an order of the Lords coming. forth, warning all persons to desist from pulling down any house, especially those of the Ambassadors, upon penalty of the utmost severity of, the law to be inflicted on them; since which they have been very quiet."
The Prince of Orange is said to have gamed in public at the Groom Porters soon after his arrival, and had the good fortune to win 500 guineas, one hundred of which he immediately presented to ---- Neale, Esquire, who held that office, placing the remainder in the custody of the Heer Bentinck, to be applied to charitable purposes.
The London Gazette of October 28, 1689, relates the circumstances of the royal visit to the city in that year in these words:
“ London, October 29.- This day Sir Thomas Pilkington being continued Lord Mayor for
the year ensuing was, according to custom, sworn before the Barons of the Exchequer at Westminster, whither he went by water, accompanied by the Aldermen and the several Companies, in their respective barges, adorned with flags and streainers ; passing by Whitehall they payd their obeisance to their Majesties, who were in their apartment on the water-side. The river was covered with boats, and the noise of drums and trumpets, and several sorts of musick, with the firing of great guns, and the repeated huzza's of such a multitude of people, afforded a very agreeable entertainment. And their Majesties, the Prince and Princess of Denmark, and the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons assembled in Parliament, having been pleased to accept of an humble invitation from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, to dine in the city on this day, about noon their Majesties came, attended by his Royal Highness, all the great Officers of the Court, and a numerous train of nobility and gentry in their coaches, the militia of London and Westminster making a lane for them, the balconies all along their passage being richly hung with tapistry, and filled with spectators, and the people in great crowds expressing their joy with loud and continued acclamations. Their Majesties were pleased from a balcony prepared for them in Cheapside to see the slew; which, for the great numbers of the citizens of
the several guilds attending in their formalities, the full appearance of the artillery company, the rich adornments of the pageants, and hieroglyphical representations, and the splendor and good order of the whole proceeding, out-did all that has been heretofore seen in this city upon the like occasions; but that which deserves to be particularly mentioned was the royal city regiment of volonteer horse, which being richly and gallantly accoutred, and led by the Right Honourable the Earl of Monmouth, attended their Majesties from Whitehall into the city. The cavalcade being passed by, the King and Queen were conducted by the two Sheriffs to the Guildhall, where their Majesties, both houses of Parliament, the Privy Counsellors, the Judges, the ladies of the bedchamber, and other ladies of the chiefest quality, dined at several tables; and the grandeur and magnificence of the entertainment was suitable to so august and extraordinary a presence. Their Majesties were extreamly pleased, and as a mark thereof, the King conferred the honour of knighthood upon Christopher Lithiullier and John Houblon, Esquires, the present Sheriffs, as also upon Edward Clark and Francis Child, two of the Aldermen. In the evening their Majesties returned to Whitehall with the same state they
The militia again lined the streets, the city regiments as far as Temple-bar, and the red and blue regiments of Middlesex and Westminster
from thence to Whitehall, the soldiers having at convenient distances lighted flambeaux in their hands; the houses were all illuminated, the bells ringing, and nothing was omitted through the whole course of this day's solemnity, either by the magistrates or people, that might shew their respect or veneration, as well as their dutiful affection and loyalty to their Majesties, and the sense they have of the happiness they enjoy under their most benign and gracious government.”
This Monarch published an order on the third of April 1690, that the form of prayer, prepared bybis command for the fast-day just then passed, should continue to be used on the respective fast-days appointed to be solemnly kept every third Wednesday of the month during the war.
Fortunately for the peace of society, the custom of forcibly seizing upon heiresses, in order to compel them into improper marriages, never was very prevalent, and is, I hope, now entirely suppressed: the laws of the country are justifiably severe on this subject, and the government has at all times been ready and forward to protect the sufferer: an instance illustrative of that readiness occurred in 1690, when William and Mary issued the ensuing proclamation.
“ WILLIAM R. “ Whereas we have received information, that James Campbel, commonly called Captain Campbel, Archibald Montgomery, and Sir John John
stone, together with divers other ill-disposed persons, designing to ravish, and against her will to marry, Mary Wharton, only child of Philip Wharton, Esq. being a virgin of great estate, and of about the age of thirteen years, for that purpose did arm and assemble themselves, and having found an opportunity on Friday the fourteenth day of this instant November in the evening, at Great Queen-street, did, in a forcible manner, seize upon the said Mary Wharton, and carried her away; we have therefore thought fit (by the acivice of our Privy Council) to issue our Royal Proclamation ; and we do hereby command and require all our loving subjects to discover, take and apprehend, the said James Campbell, Archibald Montgomery, Sir John Johnston, and all other their confederates wherever they may be found, and to carry them before the next Justice of the Peace or chief Magistrate; whom we do hereby require to commit them to the next gaol. And we do also hereby give notice to all persons that shall be aiding or assisting in the concealing of the said James Campbell, Archibald Montgomery, Sir John Johnston, or any of their confederates, or furthering their, or any of their escape, that they shall be proceeded against for such their offence, with the utmost rigour and severity according to law.
“ Given at our Court at Whitehall the fifteenth day of November 1690, in the second year of our reign."