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London Gazette, 14th of May 1676


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The London Gazette


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14th of May 1676


From the Court


Our fashionista was at the Royal ball on the 25th of April, and does report that Lady Rebecca was seen in a gown dark silver velvet, with a vibrant green overlay, and openwork silver lace at neckline and cuffs. She wore jewellery of a silver lily covered in tiny diamonds strung upon a thread of pearls, with a simple pearl bracelet and earrings. Within her hair was green ribbons.


Lady Rebecca's jewellery was perhaps outshone by that of Lady Atherstone's; a ruby and gold necklace formed the body of a phoenix, its golden beak reaching up. The ornament was attached to gown with golden embroidery forming tail feathers of the phoenix spreading outward down to the hem of her skirts. The wings formed the shoulders of her dress. Her gown sported a gold gauze over the base of red silk. Most curiously the lady's arms and neckline were dusted with gold.


Recently arrived to court, Lady Mirtel was spotted as one to watch in her gown of shimmering apricot silk embossed with needlework of pale green and cream coffee. Her elbow length sleeves trimmed with butterfly silk. Her jewellery was a necklace and a ring of gold set with square cut pale emeralds edged by diamond chips and white zircons; while her hair was fastened with matching haircombs.


A mob gathered at the gates to Whitehall on the night of the 2nd of May while Princess Mignonette's birthday celebration was taking place. Some men managed it over the wall, and defiled the Princess' Carriage with anti-catholic sentiment. A band of nobles whom included Buckingham, Whitehurst and Wintermist rallied, joined by a troop of lifeguards with Ablemarle and a round of cheese, with declaration that they would hunt out the parties the crowd sought routed. We of the gazette have made enquiries, but our request for further information of the outcome has been declined.



At Home


Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury, was buried on the 19th of April. Following a career that spanned more than a half century, the well loved Archbishop's funeral was greatly attended by London at large. His replacement has not yet been appointed.


Following the crackdown on illegal commerce at the docks, the temporary ban on auctions at the quayside has now been lifted.


The House of Lords has been a location of much controversy over the past three meetings. The April the 23rd the session was postponed after a doomsayer warned "The Cataclysm has begun.' Moments later Lord Chancelor Finch dissolved the meeting.

The session was reopened on the 27th and Lord Mountjoy placed the 'The Tonnage act of 1676 for the Relief of the Navy and the Establishment of The Governor and Company of the Bank of England Bill' upon the table, along with a call for support of Princess Karoline. Voices were raised, but then Lord Mountjoy took the stand again, his arguments were both lengthy and diverse, that many in the gallery grew weary and had left the session by the time that he was done. The votes were cast, and while it is unclear if it was erosion of strength to argue further or not, the votes went in Mountjoys favour.

The next session of the House was opened on the 1th of May, herein a letter was composed of congratulations to the Princess Karoline, recently become engaged to His Majesty King Charles II. The Exclusion Bill is to be further examined in a committee. Further upon the agenda was the raising of a city guard by the New Lord Lieutenant of London, Charles Whitehurst, Major of the Lifeguards and Viscount of Langdon. Objections were raised most particularly by the Earl of Carrington, upon grounds of the Magna Carta, that the House voted a majority upon disapproval. The Lord Lieutenant of London shall proceed upon his aim under his own funding, and venue.


Reverend Mathews today confirmed that since the Kings announcement of choice of bride, there has been a 42 percent rise in engagements within the classes, and begs people keep their heads over the matter. He advised that when someone discovers their church is already booked for the autumn wedding they desire, "Please remain calm and speak reasonably, a wedding ought be no cause for bloodshed." Already one man has lost an eye after a heated argument between fathers got out of hand.


While nobles celebrated May, many of the good people of London gathered that eve at Grays Inn Fields for a gala and dancing into the night. Of the event Sir Thomas Davies, Lord Mayor of London, confirms that it shall be repeated next year.


Sir James hosted an evening of scientific interest with guest speaker Sir Isaac Newton on the 21st of April. Royalty attended, including His Majesties King Charles, and Prince Rupert, and an informative discourse upon the nature of light was heard. A further Scientific Soiree is planned for the 25th.


Though our enquiries have been diligent, the Gazette has been unable to confirm the identity of the anonymous publisher printing works upon non-permitted paper and by an unlicensed printer, according to the Licensing of the Press Act 1662, if our estimation is correct. We shall pursue the matter further.




In Scotland an illegal field meeting of the Covenanters was disbanded, while they asserted that they were outside of the five mile limit, town authorities measurements say otherwise. Rev Donald Cargill and William Cleland were taken for questioning. Reports keep reaching us of rebels breaking in out in fight with local authorities.


By a vessel arrived at Legorn in fives dayes from Naples, we have advice that the Spaniards, with the assistance of the Dutch Fleet, had retaken Augusta. And likewise there is a report that Lieutenant Admiral De Ruyter had taken a French Man of War of 44 Guns and two Tartanes laden with provisions for Messina.


Brussels ~ The Armies, after having lay'n 10 days in sight of each other, are contrary to expectation, separated without any action: the Most Christian King decamped the 10th and marched as we are informed toward Douay, and the Prince of Orange the Duke de Villa Hermosa did the like the day following, which was yesterday and having repassed the Schelde encamped he last night two leagues on the side of Valeciennes. It is said here that the King is going to send another detachement towards Germany, from whence we expect to hear by the next post that the Imperialists have taken the Fort which guards the bridge of Phillipsburgh over the Rhine.



Lord and Lady Nutting are pleased to announce the engagement of their niece Sybilla Nutting, to Mr Samuel Pepys.


Sir James Winchester married Lady Mignontette Rovere in a small ceremony at Chelsea Hospital Chapel on the 13th of May.


Bernard Neuville, the Comte de Baligne is pleased to announce the engagement of his eldest son Francois Neuville, to Mistress Alexandra Rosewyck.


The engagement of Corporal Hale and Rebecca Halifax was announced on the night of the Royal Ball.




On Thursday, May 21st, a competition to find the best hairdressing maid in London will be held at Whitehall's Ballroom at 2:30pm. You will be supplied with a subject who's hair you must dress in the most elegant and flattering display, to be judged by the Duchess of Portsmouth. The winner will be awarded a prize of 15 pounds. Spectators will be allowed to view the creations and speak with the contestants. Please arrive by 2 o'clock to get registered.


A Sermon preached before the King at the Royal Chapel at Whitehall by Rev. Burnett, Chaplain in Ordinary to His Majesty. Published by His Majesties special command. Sold by John Herringman next to the Red Lion at Charring Cross.


Whereas this instant in May Henry Warren of Stamford was robbed of a Great Sum of Money within eight miles north of London by a tall and swarthy man with grey eyes on a bay horse. The robber is believed to be the infamous Gentleman Jack. If any person or persons shall apprehend and secure this robber and give notice there of to the sherrif of London they will receive a 50 pound reward.



The Queens Potage.


Take Almonds, beat them and boil them with good broth, a bundle of Herbs, and the inside of a Lemon, a few crums of Bread, then season them with Salt, stir them often and strain them. Then take your Bread and soak it with the best broth, which is thus to be made.


When you have boned a Capon or Partridge, take the bones and beat them in a Morter, then seethe these bones in strong both with Mushromes, and strain all through a linnen cloth, and with this broth soak your Bread, as it soaks, sprinkle it with Almond broth, then put unto it a little minced meat, either of Partridge or Capon, and still, as it soaks, put in more Almond-broth until it be full, then take the Fire-shovel red hot, and hold it over, garnish your Dish with Cocks-combs, Pistaches and Pome-granates.

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