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Punishment for neglect of Duty.

For the first offence, the party to be warned to amend.

For the second offence, imprisonment at the discretion of his Superior.

And for the third offence, a discharge from his office *.

Great Chamberlain Of England,

cometh to this Court at the six principal feasts of the year; . takes such livery and service after the estate he is of; and for his winter and summer robes, for the feasts of Christmas and Whitsuntide, to be taken of the counting-house by even portions, ten pounds thirteen shillings and four pence; and for his fee of the King's Household, at the two terms of Easter and Michaelmas, by even portions, twenty marks in the countinghouse.

* In the time of Henry the Eighth (as in some cases in these Orders) they used stoppages of wages in lieu of imprisonment. This was called checquing. Hence, I apprehend, the office of a Clerk of the Cheque.

Knights Of Household *.

Twelve Bachelors, sufficient and most valiant men of that order, of every Country, and more in number if it please the King, whereof four to be continually abiding and attending upon the King's Person in Court, beside the Carvers abovesaid, for to serve the King of his bason, or such other service as they may do the King, in absence of the Carvers, sitting in the King's Chamber and Hall with persons of like service; every of them have eating in the hall one Yeoman, and taking for his chamber, at noon and night, one loaf, one quart of wine, one gallon of ale, one pitcher of wine, one candle wax, two candles pis, one tallwood and an half, for winter livery, from All-Hallowentide till Easter: rushes and litter all the year, of the Serjeant Usher, and for keeping of their stuff and Chamber, and to purvey for their stuff. Also at their livery in the Country, amongst them all, four Yeomen, after time

* Of this Office, and that of the Esquires of the Body, see Mr. Pegge's Curialia, Part I.

eight of these Knights be departed from. Court, and the four Yeomen to eat daily in the hall with Chamberlains, till their said Masters come again; so that the number of Knights' servants be not increased when their Masters be present. Every Knight shall have into this Court resorting, three persons, Waiters; the remanent of their servants to be at their livery in the Country, within seven miles to £oF] the King, by the Herbergefs sufficiently lodged; and, if it may be, two Knights together. Also they pay, in this Court, for the carriage of their own stuff. And if a Knight take clothing, it is by warrant made to the King's Wardrober, and not of the Treasurer of Household. Some time Knights took a fee here yearly, of ten marks, and clothing; but because * their clothing is not according for the King's Knights, therefore it was left.

Item, if he be sick, or specially let blood, or clystered, then he taketh livery, four loaves, two mess of great meat and roast, half a pitcher of wine, two gallons of ale.

* N° 369 reads Ray Clothing.

This letting blood, or clystering, is to avoid pestilence; and therefore the people take livery out of the Court, and not for every sickness in man continuing in this Court.

Esquires For The Body.

Four Noble, of condition, whereof always two be attendant on the King's person, to array him, and unarray him; watch day and night; and to dress him in his cloaths. And they be callers to the Chamberlaine, if any thing lack for his person or pleasance. Their business is in many secrets, some sitting in the King's chamber, some in the hall with persons of like service, which is called Knight's service. Taking, every of them, for his livery at night, half a chet loaf, one quart of wine, one gallon of ale; and for winter livery, from All-Hallowtide till Easter, one percher wax, one candle wax, two candles pric. * one talshide and an half, and wages in the compting-house. If he be present in the Court daily, seven-pence halfpenny j and cloathing with the Household,

* Forte Prickets.

winter and summer, or else forty shillings, besides his other fee of the Jewel-house, or of the Treasurer of England; and besides his watching cloathing of Chamber of the King's Wardrobe. He hath, abiding in this Court, but two servants; livery sufficient for his horses in the country, by the Herberger. And if any Esquire be let blood, or else forewatched, he shall have like livery with Knights. Litter and rushes all the year, of the Serjeant Usher of the Hall and Chamber. Oftentimes these stand instead of Carvers and Cup-bearers.

In the " Statutes of E It ham."

Esquires of the Body, every of them, to have ordinary within the Courts/bur persons, of the which to have sitting in the Hall tivo persons, and the residue ut supra [i. e. to have no meat or drink within the House, but to be at board wages in the town]; and for their bouche of Court, every of them to have for their livery at night, one chet loaf, half a pitcher of wine, and one gallon of ale, one

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