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the portingal is their chief counsellor, as some of them are most commonly with the clerk of the kitchen, &c.
'" Every office at court,' says the same author, (Holinshed,) 'had a Bible, or the book of the Acts and Monuments of the Church of England, or both; besides some histories and chronicles lying therein, for the exercise of such as come into the same.""
Mrs. Spencer smiled and said, that the praise bestowed upon the ladies of Elizabeth's reign, was no small commendation. Learned, accomplished, and domestic, they seemed the very acme" of excellence.
The bell now announced company. Susan and Ann quitted the gallery with reluctance; and not before they had obtained a promise from Mr. Wilmot, that they should visit it on the following day.
"Perhaps you would have the kindness, Sir," said Mrs. Spencer, as she sat at work with her daughters, "to resume the conversation, which was interrupted this morning, and in which we were much interested. I observed written, under a painting in the gallery, 'Funeral of Henry the Seventh;' and as it was previous to the reformation, and consequently attended with some ceremonies fallen into disuse in a Protestant realm, I have no doubt we should be m«ch interested in the recital."
Mr. Wilmot waited not for a second request, but began as follows:
"After all things necessary for the interment and funeral pomp of the late king were sumptuously prepared and done, the corpse of the deceased was brovight out of his privy-chamber, where it had rested three days; and every day had three dirges, and masses sung by a mitred prelate.
"From thence it was conveyed into the hall,
■where it also remained three days, and where a similar service was performed: the same ceremony was observed, for the like space of time, ■when it was moved into the chapel. In each of these places was a hearse of wax, garnished with banners, attended by nine mourners, who daily made their offerings. Every place where the procession stopped, was hung with black.
"Upon Wednesday, the ninth of May, the corpse was put into a chariot, covered with black cloth of gold, drawn with five coursers, covered with black velvet, garnished with cushions of fine gold; and over the corpse was an image or representation of the late king, apparelled in his rich robes of state, the crown on his head, and the ball and sceptre in his hands, laid on cushions of gold. The chariot was ornamented with banners, scutcheons, and arms, descriptive of the monarch's titles, dominions, and genealogies.
"The king's chaplain, and a number of prelates, led the way, praying. Then came the king's servants in black, followed by the chariot, attended by nine mourners, and lighted by torches, amounting to the number of six hundred, which were carried on either side. In this order they proceeded from Richmond to St. George's Fields. Here they were met by