|Honourable Citizens. Their Loyalty. ||293
In the Twelfth Year of King Edward the IIId, the King being gone into
French and Genoese, with Fifty Gallies, as Pyrates, came upon divers of the
England, to sack, burn and destroy the chief Maritime Towns. So they served
Southampton: They attempted the same at the Isle of Wight, Hastings, Thanet, the
Havens of Cornwal, Dover, Harwich, Sailing about the Coasts, from their Ships,
doing great Mischief. The Tidings whereof was brought to the King, lying then
Brabant, that divers Ports in England were spoiled by those Pirates: Which made
the speedier in taking Revenge upon France. This put the City of London, no
into a Consternation, and put them upon defending themselves; and the Maior,
now, in the King's Absence, the Chief Magistrate, (and to whom the King had
especially committed the Care of the City,) made an extraordinary Preparation,
stopping up the Thames, to hinder the Enemies Ships from coming up to annoy the
City. For that Purpose, besides a strong Fortification, he fixed Pallisadoes
through the River, at a Place called, The Pengales, or rather Petty Galeis. Of
have this Record:
London. Maior, audito Remore quod alienie genæ Hostes, cum galeis,
&c. ad Civitat. Lond. venisse, ordinabat quandum Domum Bretagiatum, & ad
proprios in Loco vocat. Pengales (potius legend. Pettegaleis) de novo
palos ex ea transverso Aquæ Thames, figi secit. Et nunc habet Licentiam
Domum prosternere, & amoliend. post pacem factam.
A Lord Maior defends the City by Stakes let through the Thames.
Pat.12. Ed. 3. Part. 3. Numb. 5.
From their Valour we might come to their Loyalty. The City hath loved their
Of their Love to Queen Elizabeth, I will give some Instances. September the
being her Birth Day, in the Morning, all the Bells of London rang for Joy; and
was great Feasting, especially at Supper, the Citizens concluding the Day with
Gladness imaginable. And the rather, for that this Year 1586, was discovered a
desperate Plot against her Life and Government, by Bigotted Papists, wherein
Queen of Scots was concerned. And as many of the Nobility and Gentry had the
before entred into a voluntary Association under their Hands and Seals, to
Queen's Death, so this Year these Matters made the Parliament confirm it by Act.
Which in a Speech to the Parliament, she took particular Notice of: Looking upon
it as a
Miracle, that after Twenty Eight Years Reign, her Subjects good Will and
her was the same, if not greater than at first. At this very Time several
Traitors were to
be tried, as Babington, and others, about the Scots Queen. The Attorney General
his Man to the Recorder, to set his Hand and Seal unto a Warrant, to summon a
of Enquiry, to appear the next Day at Westminster Hall. Whereupon the said
wrote in a Letter to the Court, that when the Citizens should hear of it, they
of it very well, for all their Cry was unanimous, that Justice might be done
The Citzens Loyalty to Queen Elizabeth.
And when Thomas Blank was to be sworn Maior, which was in the Year 1582, the
Citizens minding to take this Opportunity to express their Love and Loyalty
their Queen, when the Maior Elect was presented to her in a great Appearance of
Aldermen, and other Citizens, Fleetwood, the Recorder, as their Mouth, made an
eloquent Speech to her, abounding in her Praises, but chiefly for her Care of
so much undermined by Papists. This Speech,
she answered, that she took in very good Part, only, she said, that he had given
more Praises than she deserved. Though indeed he had said nothing but truly and
justly, and as it was indeed; as he seriously told a Friend, upon Occasion of
modest Words spoken by the Queen. She commanded her Lord Chamberlain to Knight
the Maior, who kissed her Hand; and so they departed with mutual Satisfactions.
observing her wonderfully pleased in all Things, the Maior, and his Brethren,
great Delight thereat. Only it was observed, that some young Gentlmen, being
bold than well Mannered, stood upon the Carpet of the Cloth of State, and did
lean upon the Cushions. Whereat the Queen found Fault with the Chamberlain, and
Vice-chamberlain, and with the Gentlemen Ushers, for suffering it.
The Recorder's Speech to the Queen in her Praise, Anno 1582.
In the Year 1588, that Critical Year, when all the Popish Powers resolved upon
Invasion of England, the City gave a signal Mark of their Fidelity and
when the Queen's Council had asked, whey they would do in their Princes and
Countries Right, at this dangerous Juncture, Sir George Bond, Maior, and the
Aldermen, his Brethren, humbly besought their Honours to set down what their
Wisdoms held requisite in such a Case: Whereat the Lords demanded Five Thousand
Men, and Fifteen Ships. The City craved Two Days Respit for giving in their
Which being granted them, when the Day of their Answer was come, they most
generously and nobly granted Double to what was desired: Entreating their
in Token of their perfect Love, and Loyalty to their Prince and Country, to
Thousand Men, and Thirty Ships amply furnished.
The Cities Supply, Anno 1588.
E. Howes Chron. Pag. 744.
The City gave a most Splendid and Magnificent Entertainment to King Charles the
First, November the 25th, 1641, upon his safe and happy Return from Scotland,
he Dined at Guild Hall. The Triumphant Manner, and Order whereof, and the Lord
Maiors, meeting and receiving his Majesty, for an Honourable Remembrance of the
Cities Loyalty, was as follows.
Their Entertainment of King Charles I. 1641.
The Right Honourable the Lord Maior, Sir Richard Gurney, and the rest of the
Senate of the City of London, the Aldermen his Brethren, being Advertised, that
Majesty, in his happy Return from Scotland, would graciously condescend to pass
through the City, with his Royal Consort, the Queen, the Prince, and other of
Princely Issue; at a Court among themselves, took into their Consideration, how
Entertainment fit for his Majesties Gracious Acceptance. And thereupon they
Committee of Six Aldermen, and Twelve Commoners: Who should meet, consult and
order, what they in their Discretions should think fit to conduce to the Honour
City, and the Acceptance of his Majesty. Yet before these Committees should
any Thing, it was thought necessary to Assemble a Common Council, as well to
understand the Affection of the Commons, as to confirm those Committees chosen.
The Matter, being propounded there, was entertained with an unanimous Consent,
general Approbation, and the before-mentioned Committees were by the Court
confirmed. Who thereupon met Daily, bending all their Thoughts how to satisfy
Trust imposed on them. And calling before them the Officers of the City,
what they should do; charging them to leave nothing undone, which either Art,
or Cost, in so short a Time, could Compass.