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In the appointment of Herbagage be ordinary for all Noble Estates, and others, for stabling of their horses, and beds for their servants, appointed by the King's Highness, at his Manor of Eltham, the 19th of January, in the 17th year of his Noble Reign. It is appointed to Knights for the Body, and other Knightsj six horses and two beds. To every Esquire for the Body,^ue horses and two beds.
j]N. B. Every Gentleman Usher of the Privy Chamber, whereof six, six horses and two beds.
Every Groom of the Privy Chamber, two horses and two beds.
Every Gentleman Usher Daily Waiter, three horses and one bed.
Every Gentleman Usher of the Privy Chamber, Jour horses and one bed *.]
For the good order of the King's Cham
* Sic: but query if not Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber; they not being otherwise mentioned in either copy.
ber, it is said, the Pages of the King's Chamber must daily arise at seven o'clock, or soon, after, and make a fire; and warn the Esquires of the Body of that hour, to the intent they may then arise, so as they may be ready, and the King's Chamber dressed in every thing as appertaineth, by eight of the clock at the farthest.
Item, that none of the servants of the said Esquires come within the Pallet Chamber; but be attendant at the door, as well at night as in the morning, with such gear as their Masters shall wear. And the said Pages, at the request of the said Esquires, to fetch in, and bear out, their night-gear, and all other their apparel, and likewise to make them ready, both at night and in the morning.
Item, that, if the Esquires for the Body do not arise at the warning of the Pages, so as the King's Chamber may be ready and dressed by the hour afore limited; that then immediately the Pages are to shew the same to the Lord Chamberlain.
[In the appointment of Lodgings, is a chamber for the six Gentlemen and Usher* of the Privy Chamber, to sup in; which explains the above article.]
The Esquires for the Body, mentioned to have been at Eltbam at that time, were, Sir Arthur Poole, Sir Edward Baynton, Sir HumphreyForster, and [Mr.] Francis Pointz.
In the New Book of the King's Household of Edward IV. anno 1478:
Six Knights and five Squires appear to have been on duty for eight weeks from the last day of October, at the end of which they were relieved hy Jive Knights and four Esquires. Sir Roger Ray, being Vice Chamberlain, was in both lists; for it is said afterwards, "We will that Sir Roger Ray, Deputy to my Lord Chamberlain, two Gentlemen Ushers, and two Yeomen Ushers, at least, be always attending upon us."
Yeomen Of The Crown*.
Twenty-four most seemly persons, cleanly and strongest Archers, honest of conditions, and of behaviour, bold men chosen and tried out of every Lord's house in England for their cunning and virtue thereof. One to be Yeoman of the Robes, another to be Yeoman of the Wardrobe of Beds in Household. These two, in certainty, eat in the King's Chamber daily. Other two be Yeomen Ushers of Chamber, eating there also. Another to be Yeoman of the Stole, if it please the King. Another to be Yeoman of the Armory. Another to be Yeoman of the Bows for the King. Another Yeoman to keep the King's Books. Another to keep his Dogs for the Bow. And, except the first four persons, the remnant may to the Hall, as the Usher, &c. or another to keep his best; and thus they may be put to business. Also it accordeth that they be chosen men of manhood, shooting, and specially of virtuous conditions. In the King's Chamber
* See the " Curialia," Part III,
be daily sitting four messes of Yeomen; and all the remnant eating in the Hall, sitting together above, joining to the Yeomen of Household; except at the five Great Feasts of the year, then as many Yeomen of Crown and Chamber as may sit in the King's Chamber shall be served there during the Feast; and every of them present in Court, hath daily allowed in the counting-house three-pence, and cloathing for winter and
summer, and yearly, or else
eighteen shillings, beside their watching cloathing of the King's Wardrobe. And if any of them be sent out by the King's Chamberlain, then he taketh his wages of the Jewel-house, and vacat in the Cheque Roll till he be seen in Court again. Also lodging in the town, or in the country, sufficient for their horses, as nigh together as the Herbiger of Household may dispose; and always two Yeomen of Crown to have an honest servant in to [thej Court, in the Noble Edward's Statutes. And these were called "The Twenty-four Archers de pie' courants entierement devant le Roy par pairs