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London Gazette, 18th of April

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The London Gazette

 

Published by Authority

 

18th of April 1676

 

From the Court

The Royal Ball on the 11th April is said to have been a quiet affair as the King decided to not make an appearance. No doubt he and other travellers were still recovering from the pleasant discourse at Newmarket.

 

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On the 15th April a bomb exploded in the East Wing of St. Marks Hall. No one was hurt in the explosion itself, but lord Breda was shot while pursuing the presumable guilty party. Some say that the bomb was used as mere diversion, for during the confusion a young heiress was kidnapped. There is also an ongoing rumour that the French were beside the explosion. The building didn’t take great damage, and after two days the courtiers staying in St. Marks could return to their rooms.

 

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During the confusion caused by the bomb explosion in St. Marks Hall a young heiress, Rebecca Halifax was kidnapped. Some say it was to force her into marriage, for she is rumoured to have a sizable dowry. The lifeguards are investigating the matter.

 

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Heather O’Rourke, Countess Atherstone, was kidnapped from St. James park right under the nose of Life Guards. Thankfully the lady was rescued later at the same time by a troop of Life Guards lead by lieutenant Douglas FitzJames. Lord Alyth and newly arrived master Gosling are also reported to have aided the rescue. The criminal who had ordered the kidnapping was a madman, nicknamed the False King for he claims to be the true heir to English throne. He was imprisoned during the capture and in all likeliness will soon be executed.

 

In general one is advised to keep daughters and wives inside and do not let them go out unescorted in these dangerous times. Inspections of St. James Park by the Life Guard have been increased to ensure the royal peace.

 

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Thanks to the efforts of lifeguards lead by Charles Whitehurst the young Howard girl kidnapped from the park some time ago has been recovered alive. This newspaper and many of our readers certainly join us in commending the courage deeds of the men involved in the rescue and in making England a safer place.

 

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His Majesty visited the Playhouse with a selection of nobles but no princess at his side on Friday the 17th. The play by Dryden, played for the second time, was well received.

 

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While the country is brimming with speculations as to who might become England’s new queen, the Treasurer of the Royal Household, Louis Killington, lord Basildon, has came up with a raffle where you can buy a ticket to show support to your support to a certain candidate. The money earned is said to be used for the financing the construction of the Queen’s Memorial Garden and the winner of the raffle is rumoured to receive a position of some sort in the staff of the new Queen. What do the candidates think of this raffle?

 

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Lady Mignonette, the Savoyard candidate for the Queen, has been poisoned. The lady is said to have been examined by Doctor James Winchester from the Chelsea Veteran Hospital. The King is said to have visited the lady numerous times during her slow recovery. As of yet the exact circumstances of the poisoning are unknown and investigation in underway. All of us at the newspaper and surely our readers as well would like to wish lady Mignonette a speedy and full recovery.

 

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Several Princesses returned home after making their bid as the potential new Queen of England. Besides the Lady Mignotte the ladies remaining are:

Marie Anne, Mademoiselle de Chartres

Karoline von der Pfalz of the Rhine

Charlotte of Zweibrucken

 

At Home

A man with a rifle attempted to rob a well known goldsmith. The robbery failed and the criminal died as a colonial reverend Will Whitaker wrestled the rifle away from the man and killed him. Some commend the reverend on his bravery while others question if a true man of God would truly raise a hand to harm others. Two ladies are also reported to have been present during the robbery.

 

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On the 16th April, both commoners and gentry gathered to the opening of the Monument designed by Christopher Wren. The King was in attendance, accompanied by princess Karoline von der Pfalz of the Palatinate. The princess was seen buying marbles from an urchin and a good number of ladies in attendance did the same. Is the German candidate gathering popularity in court?

 

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Silas Moorhead has been dismissed from his position in the Court of Wards and is said to be accused of embezzling the funds of those placed under his care. As of yet it is unknown who will become his successor.

 

Abroad

Worrying news reach us from the New World. It seems that trouble abounds with Jamestown in Virginia having been burnt to the ground in an uprising. There are some saying the King should take a stronger stand in the way things are run in the New World. But many worry that trade with the New World is likely to take a hit due to these troubling news.

 

Notices

Lord Henry Hamilton, Viscount of Elmdon wishes it to be known that he married Lady Sarah Roberts on the 13th of April. He and his wife have taken a tour of Europe.

 

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Lady Atherstone regrets to inform that due to a malady she is forced to cancel the Christening of her son on the 18th of April.

 

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Surprisingly the Royal Keeper of Hounds, Templeton, has been relieved of his post for reasons unknown. But the man was quickly found employment in the household of the Solicitor General Charles Blount, lord Mountjoy.

 

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For his bravery and aid in the rescue of the legate and leading the troop to save Countess Atherstone, the Scottish lifeguard Douglas FitzJames, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

 

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Lord Avon and Lord Mountjoy wish it to be known that Lord Francis de Courtney and Lady Sofie Blount were wed on the 15th of April.

 

Recipe

To make Rasberry-Wine.

 

Take four gallons of Deal-Wine, put it into an earthen jugg; put to it four gallons of Rasberries; let them stand to infusing seven days: then press it out gently: Then infuse as many more Rasberries seven days longer, and so three times if you please; put to it as much fine Sugar as will make it pleasant; put it into a Rundlet close stopped, let it stand till it is fine, and then draw it into bottles, and keep it till it be fine.

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