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In shining mail appear;
And own an Edward near.
"Can aught thy just resentment charm?
Can aught thy strength withstand ?
Hear this, proud Cumberland.”
When a sharper shall fly from his merit, a cord,
XL. CORONATION OF GEORGE III. :
SUBMISSION TO HIS GOVERNMENT.
The gentleman who “seed” his Majesty “annointed with the holy oill,” held a situation in the Lyon Office :
* To ARCHIBALD DUNBAR, of Newtoun, Esquire,
at his House at Duffus, per Elgin, North Brittain.
“LONDON, 26th Septr. 1761. “ DEAR SIR, --You will be surprised to read a letter from me in this city. I was called by the Lords Commissioners of the Court of Claims to walk at the procession of his Majesty's Coronation, and was appointed grand new robes from the wardrop, with gold collar and chains with the Order of St. Andrew in gold, sett in azure and green ribben ; and accordingly I have performed that service, and had a full view of the glory that this world can afford in its perfection. It would take some sheets of paper to describe you the glory of that day. I neither know how to begin or how to end. Wee surrounded the throne in the quire of Westminster Abbey, and, as I was upon the third step of it, and so near his Majesty that I took hold of his robe with my hand, I seed him annointed with the holy oill, taken, from the golden eagle, in a golden spoon, and after this the crown putt upon his head with shoutings inexpressable, and then invested with the scepter and orb. But what I thought was the solemnest part of the whole ceremony, and what took my fancie most, was, immediatly after he was crowned, the whole Peers of Great Brittain putt on their crowns and immediatly went and laid their crowns at the King's feet, and paid their hommage to him by kissing the scepter, which when done, he allowed them all to kiss his hand. Never was there a greater exhibition of earthly glory. Tho' the Peeresses were not allowed any diamonds in their crowns, they fell upon a method to supply this defect, by filling their heads so full of them that their crowns disappeared amongst them. The grandeur of the ladies in the gallery, both in Westminster Abbey and in the Hall, as well as on all the scaffoldings in the streets, with the innumerable diamonds they were decked with, is past description. -I am, respectfully, dear Sir, your obedient humble servant,
After the death, in January 1788, of Prince Charles Edward, whose brother and representative, Cardinal York, could leave no lawful descendant, the Bishops felt that they could conscientiously recognise the Hanoverian government :
“ To the Clergy and Laity of the Episcopal Church in
The Protestant Bishops in Scotland having met at Aberdeen, on the 24th of April 1788, to take into their serious consideration the state of the Church under their inspection, did, upon mature deliberation with their clergy, unanimously agree to comply with and submit to the present Government of this kingdom, as vested in the person of his Majesty King George the Third. They also resolved to testify this compliance by uniformly praying for him by name in their public worship, in hopes of removing all suspicion of disaffection, and of obtaining relief from those penal laws under which this Church has so long suffered. At the same time they think it their duty to declare, that this resolution proceeds from principles purely ecclesiastical ; and that they are moved to it by the justest and most satisfying reasons, in discharge of that high trust devolved upon them in their Episcopal character, and to promote, as far as they can, the
peace and prosperity of that portion of the Christian Church committed to their charge.
“ For obtaining of this desirable end, they therefore appoint their clergy to make public notification to their respective congregations, upon the eighteenth day of May next, that upon the following Lord's day, nominal
prayers for the King are to be authoritatively introduced, and afterwards to continue in the religious assemblies of this Episcopal Church ; and they beg leave to recommend, as to their clergy whose obedience they expect, so likewise to all good Christian people under their Episcopal care, and do earnestly intreat and exhort them, in the bowels of Jesus Christ, that they will all cordially receive this determination of their spiritual fathers.
" If any of them wish for farther information on this subject, the Bishops hereby direct them to apply to their respective pastors ; and conclude this address with their hearty prayers to, and stedfast dependence upon, their gracious Head and Master in Heaven, that He would be pleased to bless, sanctify, and prosper the pious resolutions and endeavours of His servants upon earth, to the advancement of His glory, the edification of His Church, and the quiet and welfare of the State in all godliness and honesty.
· ROBERT KILGOUR, Bishop and Primus. John SKINNER, Bishop of Aberdeen. ANDREW MACFARLANE, Bishop of Ross
and Moray. WM. ABERNETHY DRUMMOND, Bishop
of Edinburgh. John STRACHAN, Bishop of Brechin.”