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London Gazette 8 May


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The London Gazette


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8 May


From the Court


The May Ball was held at the Palace of Whitehall again this year. The Ball was well attended and considered by all to be a Great Success.


Their Majesties, The Duke and Duchess of York and the Duke of Cumberland were all in attendance.


His Majesty graciously danced with Lady Lismore and later with Countess Atherstone. Her Majesty favoured Viscount Melville with the honour of a dance.


Their Majesties did graciously appoint a new King and Queen of the May. The fortunate couple were the Earl of Basildon and Mistress Phillips Archer.



The May Carnival events were numerous and well attended. The thrilling horse race held in St James' Park saw His Gracious Majesty narrowly defeated by Viscount Langdon. Mistress helen Westwood was conspicuous as the only lady entrant but a runaway horse saw the Countess Atherstone come within yards of the winners before she could regain control of her mount. The Lady Atherstone rides the well-known former champion race horse, Princeton.


The marksmanship contest was entered by a number of gentleman talented in the field of arms. The competition was won by the Earl of Basildon.


The Archery contest was open to the gentler sex and was indeed won by the Queen of the May, Mistress Phillipa Archer. As is well-known, Her Gracious Majesty also excels at the art of archery.



We are given to understand the the Royal Tennis Courts will see the inaugural match of the season in the coming week. This court is another Enhancement to the Jewel of London, the gracious palace of Whitehall. The greater Glory of King and Country is made visible in the Glory of the Regal buildings.



At Home


In the House of Lords, further debate on the Charges brought against the Earl of Danby took place.


These Charges were First laid against the Earl last month and are as follows:


I. That Thomas, E. of Danby, Lord High Treasurer of England, hath violated the method of the Exchequer, exposing thereby the revenue, and ingrossing all the power into his own hands: That the said Lord Treasurer hath Overthrown and Violated the Ancient course and constitution of the Exchequer, by perverting the method of receipts, payments, and accounts, contrary to law; whereby the King's revenue is put into confusion, and a wasteful way of expence, to the destruction of his Majesty's credit, and exposing his Majesty's treasure and revenue to private bargains, and corruptions; and hath ingrossed into his own hands the sole power of disposing almost all the King's revenue, laying aside the Chancellor [and Under-Treasurer] of the Exchequer, and other officers; whereby the usual and safe government of his Majesty's affairs relating to his revenue, and all checks and controuls are avoided.


II. That a about the marriage of the daughter of Sir Thomas Hyde, the said Earl caused one Mr Brandly, a principal witness in the said cause, to be arrested by an extraordinary warrant from one of the Secretaries of State; and to be kept for some time inclose custody; during which time, some of the said Earl's agents did labour the said Mr Brandly by threatnings and promises of reward, not to declare the truth; and at midnight he was brought and examined before his Majesty, upon oath; where the said Earl was present and assisting. Whereupon the said Mr Brandly did, by the means aforesaid, deliver in a testimony contrary to his own knowledge, and against his conscience, he being then in duress; by which illegal practices his Majesty was highly abused, the parties concerned in the said lawsuit greatly prejudiced, and the truth suppressed, to the manifest obstruction of justice; and all this was done with an intent to procure the said heiress to be married to the second son of the said Earl.


III. That the said Earl hath received very great sums of money, besides the ordinary revenue, which have been most wastefully spent, and far greater sums than ever issued forth for secret service, without account; the King's debts remaining unpaid, the stores unfurnished, and the navy unrepaired, to the great discredit and hazard of the King and Kingdom.


IV. That the said Earl hath violated the rights and properties of the people, by stopping, without authority, their legal payments [due] in the Exchequer.


V. That though the office of Lord High Treasurer of England, is always [very] full of great and necessary employments, yet the said Earl hath also assumed to himself the management of the Irish affairs, which were, in precedent times, dispatched always by the Secretaries office, and passed in council, thereby interrupting the said Secretaries; and neglecting his own; subtilly enabling himself, the better to convert a very great sum of money out of the Irish revenues, to his own private advantage.


VI. That the said Earl hath procured great gifts and grants from the Crown, whilst under great debts, by warrants countersigned by himself.


VII. That about the 4th of Dec. 1674, at the hearing [of] a cause in the Treasury Chamber, some Acts of Parliament, now in force, were urged against a Proclamation, and contrary to what his Lordship aimed at; whereupon the said Earl, in contempt of the law, uttered this arbitrary expression, "That a new Proclamation is better than an old Act," several of his Majesty's subjects being present; and, upon his Lordship's report to the Privy Council, the person in question being a foreigner, and not obeying such Proclamation, but pursuing his right at law, was banished the Kingdom


We are sure that all Gentlemen of Honour who have the Privilege to sit the the august House will make haste to investigate these most heinous of charges and see Justice done.





Further disturbing news reaches us from our correspondents in Sweden. As previously reported in the London Gazette, the superstitious fear of Witchcraft has gripped the town of Torsaker.


The counsellors and Rev Laurentius Hornaeus, clergymen of the town, rather than act in an Enlightened, Rational and Christian fashion, have, not content with the interrogation of their townswomen, committed 65 women, 2 men and 4 boys from 3 neighboring parishes to trial.


We can only Pray that Reason assets Itself before it is Too Late.



The War between France and Holland continues apace. The Low Countries are our Natural Allies in the war, nay, Crusade against the rising Tide of Popery which threatens to Engulf Europe.


When will this recalcitrant parliament forgo its wicked stubbornness and vote sufficient funds for His Majesty's Army and Navy? We implore every true Englishman to do his Patriotic Duty and vote to supply Funding to His Majesty!




The Receipts of Sir Kenelme Digby, Knight


A Cake

Take three pounds and an half of flower; one penny worth of Cloves and Mace; and a quarter of a pound of Sugar and Salt, and strew it on the flower. Then take the yolks of eight Eggs well beaten, with a spoonful and half of rose water; Then take a pint of thick Cream, and a pound of Butter; Melt them together, and when it is so, take three quarters of a pint of Ale-yest, and mingle the yest and Eggs together. Then take the warm liquor, and mingle all together; when you have done, take all, and pour it in the bowl, and so cover the flower over the liquor; then cover the pan with a Napkin, and when it is risen, take four pounds of Currants, well washed and dryed, and half a pound of Raisins of the Sun sliced, and let them be well dryed and hot, and so stir them in. When it is risen, have your oven hot against the Cake is made; let it stand three quarters of an hour. When it is half baked, Ice it over with fine Sugar and Rose-water, and the whites of Eggs, and Musk and Ambergreece.


A Northern Pudding


To be cooked with the joint.


Take one pound of flower, a pinch of salt and stir it well together. take the whites of 4 eggs and beat to a stiff froth. Beat the yolks of 4 eggs into 1 pint and 4 tablespoons of milk and 1 ounce of best butter, melted in a pipkin over a slow fire.


Slowly beat the milk etc into the flower. When all combined, you must leave it for as long as it takes to walk around the kitchen table 30 times or for about 20 minutes.


Place a pan in the fire when roasting the joint situate that it may catch the fat. When the fat is of a smoking heat, pour in your batter and allow it to bake for about 20 minutes.


This most excellent recipe was given to me by Lady Floate of York.


Mistress Anne Parker had the great good fortune to gain her first leading role at the Theatre Royal on Thursday last. Mistress Parker played the tutle role in Mr Wycherley's popular play "The Country Wife".


As reported in last week's London Gazette, Mistress Elizabeth Bowtel, who played Mistress Pinchwife in the play's first season in March, was to have taken the role again but was taken suddenly ill the evening before the paly's opening. Mistress Parker gallantly stepped into the breech.


We are pleased to report that Mistress Bowtel is completely recovered and we look forward to seeing her grace the stage on many more occasions in the future.




Mistress M Kemp respectfully begs leave to remind her valued patrons that they can obtain London's Finest Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Sherbert and Milk Punch at her establishment, Kemp's Coffee House,


The East India Company takes pleasure in announcing the release to the public of 500 shares in it's latest venture to India. Shares to be priced at 10 pounds per share with a minimum purchase of 50 pounds. Interested persons are invited to enquire at this Company's Office.

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