The Morning Chronicle from London, Greater London, England on June 29, 1838 · 4
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The Morning Chronicle from London, Greater London, England · 4

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Friday, June 29, 1838
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ho livo-lojiu hour tucir owners' -vere doomed to wait the unbarring of Ihc doors of the s icred and venerable pile. Indeed the spirit of anxiety ind curiosity for the forthcoming; aolon:. ty seemed to have possession of all minds, to ttie ev' lusi'-.n of every consideration of personal com-fort; audit' the delay liar! been twice as long as it was, it would have been amply beguiled by the animated con-vcrtut on which was kept up on ill sides on the all engrossing theme of the At length five o'clock came, and previous to the doors being opened a very staid ami scnslbty-spf ken policeman mounted on a side rail and addressed a short harangue to those present, urging them to b..-ofl and orderly, and not to press rudely forward, which could only do damage to themselves and their vestments and was, moreover, quite unnoceisary in the present instance, as there would be " plenty of time" for thiin all to get leisurely into their respective places. This address was received with goed-natured cries of " fccav, hear !" and, to the credit of all partios, was acted up to as well as-cheered. There was, in fact, no crushing at all at any part of the approaches by this entrance ; and wo suppose'thcre never were so manyindividualsadmittcd to am exhibition, even of the most trivial nature, with so little inconvenience to themselves or others. On entering the choir the magnificent preparations for this august and truly joyous ceremony burst upon the eye with a breadth and tone of effect which far exceeded all that pretMUS descriptions had led one to anticipate. Six broad stops formod tho approach from the vestibule under tho music gallery (which connects the choir with the nave) towards the centre of the theatre, and on arriving at the termination of the -choir, where it is intersected by the north and south transepts, a similar number of steps led to a large platform, the full size of the space under the lantern, which was covered with a splendid carpet in rich puce and gold colours. This is the spot whore tho ceremony of the recognition, which opens the ceremony, takes place j as also the concluding and most striking 'act of the whole proceeding, namely, t he homage of the bishops and peers. In the midst of this a smaller platform was erected, ajppreaehed by four broad and easy steps, each covered with the border pattern of the larger carpet, the fifth step being the platform itself, which was covered with rich cloth of gold. In the centre of this platform was a splendid arm-chair, or throne, with circular back and top, of a gilt ground, embellished with tastoful rose-colour sprigs at-small intervals, and the royal initials in the midst. This chair was placed facing I he altar, and of course with its back to the choir ; St. Edward's chair also, which was seen further on, namely, within the chancel, and near the altar, was also, placed in a similar position. The consequence of this arrangement, which, of course, is purposely adopted out of respect to the most sacred site of the holy edifice, inevitably is, that all the most interesting ceremonies of tho cero-notion arc but imperfectly seen by those situated below the transept the face of the Sovereign, at the offering of the regalia, the crowning and the enthroning, being turned towards the altar. To proceed, however, with our general outlino of the plan of the theatre. On the loft of the last named platform is the north aisle, the whole extent of which was appropriated to peeresses, or their friends, the latter, occupying the back seats; and on the right, namely, in the south trausopt, over tho scats of the peers; the back seats of this transept being in like manner devoted to visitors by tickets. In the front of the platform, or rather a direct continuation of it, are the chancel and saorarium, within whose recesses the chief part of the proceedings takes placo. Having so described tho ground as far as the actual performance cf the ceremony is concerned, we feel at a loss to giv e anything like an adequato idea of the vastness, and grandeur., and diversified outline which the various compartments of the building presented. On either sid of the passage through the choir, on the spot where the reading-desks and stalls sonerally are, were two galleries at an elev ation of about three foot, and fronted by a railing of open Gothic work in perfect harmony with the Gothic wood-work of the screen. These seats, which commanded a close view of the procession to the theatro as well as of tho proceedings ou the recognition platform, were appropriated as follows.: that on the north si lo to the judges, (he Lord Mayor, aldermen, and other distinguished personages i that on the south side to her M'tjestj'i aides-du-oamp, privy councillors, &e. Amongst those whom we noticed in the former were the Lord Mayor, who sat at tho front corner nearest to the platform, the judges (who occupied ihc front seats, about half-way down), the Vice-Chancellor, the A'toroey-General. the two Sheriffs of London, the Recorder, Sir M. Wood, Mr. Alderman Lucas, and other aldermen ; Misters in Chancery, Lynch, Brougham Sir K. Peel, Sir P. Malcolm, Sir H. Vivian, Sir G. Murray, &o. &:. A'.iove these galleries were two galleries on each side., called the lower and upper chair galleries which extended from 1 he corner of the transept I" (lie nrcholrn, and at an immense altitude h'glicr still, namely, in the vaultings was a gallery on either side which extended from the transept over the organ loft into the nave. The gallery for peers and peeresses' friends roso up to a considerable height in tho rear of the two transepts; and in addition -to these the same balcony in the vaulting was continued, and thence over the chancel, extending (as we understood) even into Henry tho Seventh's Chepel, behind the altar.' These seats appeared to be approp: ;;ited to no particular class of persons, but merely to such as were fortunate enough to obtain peers or Karl Marsha's tickets. The galleries under the Gothic' arches on cither side of the chance! rose lo a much rjreatt-v height than any of the preceding galleries individually, consisting probably of fifteen or rows of sea's elevated behind one another, but each connnandim; an admirable view, of the whole pro--ccliiigs. The first half of the gallery on the northern side, ai the anjlc of th-; transept , was appropriated to the ilis'.iiiuttishi-t! foreign ambassadors who attended the ceremony, with their suites : the olher half being the Karl Marshal's box. which was occupied chiefly by fashionably dressed ladies, with tickets from the Enrl Marshal's oflice ; the correspoiiding box with the ambassadors' b'-. in the opposite side was the Queen's box, and that oppo.-iv the Earl Marshal's was l!e Lord Great Chamber lain- : both of which presented a galaxy of beauty and r'cgniv.:'-' rnre'v met with but on occasions of this kind. The Q cen's box was very particularly eonspicu. oils fur the beauty and elegance of its inmates. The elegant appciirjucc and deportment of the Baroness Lohzcn attracted pn-.itlh.r attention and admiration ; and we can not help thinking that favour bestowed upon her ladyship at court may be taken as a promising omen of the royal taste. NVxt'lo (he baioness sat Lady J. Russell, and in the same row was Mrs. E. .1. Stanley, whoso elegant ap pearance- was much admired. It would be invidious, how ever, t" go into fortor detail, where beauty 'and graee abounded on ull sides. Such -:as the plan of the lateral extent of of the building. At the east end, immediately over the altar, was an exteusive receding gallery of about twenty benches, appropriated to the House of Commons, in the centre of the front bench of which was a chair, handsomely covered with velvet, for the Speaker. Above this gallery was another gnllery, almost equally extensive ; in front oi which her Majesty's arms were beautifully em blazoned. At a considerable height above this galley, so high, indeed, as to be scarcely within sight of any of the ...... .... . .n - 1. side galleries, was a small Daicony, orgauerj, in wmcn were posted a fine band of trumpets, horns, and drums. Immediately facing these extensive galleries was the capacious orchestra, built over the screen, capable of con. taining between 400 and 500 persons, and crowned with the massive (.'tit casing of the fine organ newly erected for the purpose by Mr. Hill. In this gallery the seats of the musicians descended from the very top to the surface of the screen, that of Sir G. Smart, who presided at the organ, being, of course, at the bottom, and protected by a gilded Gothlo railing. The music stands were ef a brilliant mid elegant character, the books being supported by gilt angels. The galleries throughout were covered with crimson loth with gold fringe; and the contrast of these daz-iling colours with the sombre and antique stone walls of .tb" building was highly picturesque, and betokened an occasion of no ordinary solemnity and grandeur. -. The powers of description, however, sink to nothing whn they arc brought to bear upon the gorgeous, yet the chaste and elegant magnificence of tho chancel and attar The draperies appeared to he of the richest purple silk, brocaded in the most sumptuous pattern with gold. The exouisitcness ol the material itself was enhanced by the tasteful manncr'in which it was fluted against the wall, presenting an effect which no painter's art could hope to imitate. The compartment behind the altar was-of a still more delicate character; both the ground and the "old work being of a lighter shade. Against this com-partment were placed six massive gold plateaux, two of very large dimensions certainly about two feot in diameter; the table itself was loaded with the splendid gold communion service, besides the ampulla or golden eagle, the holy bible, and other portions of the regalia which are in the keeping of the prebendaries of Westminster. A short, distance from the altar-table was the far-famed King Edward's chair, covered, however, entirely with a cloth of gold of the. most costly description. On the right of this, and consequently nearly under the Queen's and Great Chamberlain's boxes, were the Queen's chajr of state and faldstool, with rich cushions on which to kneel, and other appropriate appurtenances, which her Majesty used during the greater portion of the appointed service. A chaste gothic canopy, richly gilt, projected along this side-from the lower part of the boxes above-named. On the opposite side of the sacrarium, immediately under the ambassadors'and Earl Marshal'sboxos, were the benches for the bishops. Afthe angle formed by the north transcept and the chancel was a handsome pulpit of crimson velvet and gold, the latter of which predominated, with a staircase richly gilt throughout. Such was the temple in which our gracious and lovely Queen Victoria was yesterday crowned Queen of these realms. The numerous galleries and seats which we have attempted, we feel inadequately, to describe, were almost entirely vacant, when at a few minutes after five o'clock, we wound our cautious way through innumerable temporary wooden staircases and corridors, and found ourselves in a tolerably good seat in the lower south gallery. At this moment a remarkable stillness reigned throughout the lofty arches and half-concealed recesses of the venerable pile ; a stillness which, however, was to be but of short duration. The gentlemen belonging to the Ear Marshal's office were gliding hastily about the carpeted floor in various directions, for the purpose, doubtless, of making themselves more fully acquainted with all the details and localities of their office. Now and then.bytwos and threes, visitors would present themselves with tickets for various parts of the Abbey, to which they were ushered with a state and attendance ; which those who came later in the morning could not receive. Rnfnre six o'clock the animation and bustle of the scene was considerably enhanced ; people began now to. flock in in good earnest, and were seen hurrying about in all directions, occasionally presenting themselves at wrong entrances, and hurrying off with frantic speed in hopes of repairing the unhappy error, and securing a tolerable seat. The choir ealleries and the Earl Marshal's box were verv soon filled bvttaily attired company, in which, to the joy of our eyes be it said, the ladies ay, and youthful and fair ones too bore a decided preponderance. 1 tie excitements of the scene itself, of the exertion they had gone through, and of that which was yet in expecta tion, gave a temporary lustre to their eyes ana a flush to their cheeks which the sleepless night we fear too many ot them naa gone though might naturally have suatched from them. It ...-.n. ';, ' it.v,., tirriit t hnhnld to manv orav and noa 1,1 "V. ouiuiijjv. ...... - . beautiaus'forms, decked out as for a ball room, but alas I hard fate, commencing their day of pleasure at the hour when it usually ends. Like some bright celestial orbs, thrown out of their natural course by an extraordinary convul- tion of nature, they shone with a fitful and unwonted brilliancy ; but alas 1 sooth to say, nature must, sooner or later,-resume its sway, and fashionable young ladies in London must look pale and gapish at six in the mofning. The attention of the visitors began now to be kept awake, however, by tho occasional arrival of a peer, or other distinguished person, whose costume naturally attracted notice as he was ushered to his place. It 'was not until half past seven, however, that the peers and peeresses arrived in any numbers. From that time.forward they made tlioir nnnearanee in rapid succession, and the gentlemen ushers had enough upon their hands. Amongst the peeresses who arrived rather early was tbcjCountofs of Esses, who attracted considerable notice, and'apparently received the .willies of a crowd of noblemen and gentlemen who an-. lounL'ini? about the platform. She looked extremely well, and was elegantly dressed. Lord Lyndhurst was-,.icn hmmii the oarlv arrivals. His lordship looked rather pal, as if early rising did not agree with him ; but he seen picked up -Ins spirits, chatting and laughing out. I'i.'hi with the learned judges and others in the chair seats About half-past eight o'clock the Duke of Nemours came unattended, and attracted considerable notice, as ne was ushered to a seat, we believe, in the ambassadors box At nmn o'clock the orchestra was filled with the choristers and instrumental performers; the for-mnr in their white surplices on either side, the latter in their scarlet uniforms up the midst; the effect was striking.and picturesque. About this time, also, about four-and.twenty of the Westminster boys took up their position in a portion of the lower choir galleries on cither side, adjoining the orchestra, their black costume forming a complete line of demarcation between the glitter of white, scarlet, and gold in the latter, and the clmmelion hues of the spectators in the galleries. By half-past nine almost all the peers and peeresses had arrived ; the latter generally taking their places inline.' dhtely, and remaining very quietly engaged with the settling of their robes or coronets, or the advantageous disposal of small packets of sandwich and other substantial, which their ladyships had, irf many instances, very prudently provided themselves with; the peers, however, having once ascertained their places, showed a proper sense of the liberty of lift and limb, and refrained from cramping themselves up within their prescribed limits as long as possible; and aided the confusion of the scene by mixing with tho company in all directions. About this time the members of the House of Commons began to fill their gallery, appearing, with but few exceptions, in uniforms of various colours and descriptions ; and presenting a very different appearance from what might be expected of a grave house of legislature. In fact, when the gallery was full, and the Speaker in his chair, supported on his left hand by Sir William Gossett, the sergeant at arms, and on his right by Mr. Ley, tho chief clerk, and the other principal officers of thif house, they presented in the djstaiicc the appearance ef a gay parterre, and formed decidedly one of the most striking features in the Abbey. From this perid the whole vast area of tho Abbey (with the sole exception of the ambassadors' box) beimr nearly filled, and people beine tired of gazing at coronet after coronet, and surveying the vast ocean of diamonds and jewellery- which filled the theatre, relaxed into u calmness almost approaching a waking slecp.or what poetasters would call a " dreaminess," from which nothing but some new excitement could awake them. At length this means of excitement occurred; when the distant sound of the park guns announced that Queen Victoria was actually in her-stato coach, and on the way to glad the sleepy eyes of her loving subjects. This happened at precisely seven minutes after ten, and the effect of it was perfectly electrical. A gathering whisper, like tho rising and rustling of distant waters, was heard from the nave, and was instantly met by similar indistinct sounds from- the franscepts, the galleries, and lofty vaultings ; and indeed every part of the building. It was like a giant shaking sleep. All again was life and animation, and interchanges of congratulations and inquiries, and looking at watches and calculating distances, and rubbing eyes and resolving to look brisk, and chewing "biscuits, and other gratifying symptoms of resuscitation, which to particularise would be tedious. The ..cannons still went on booming, the bells were indistinctly heard ringing a merry peal, and even the shouting voices arid-waving handkerchiefs of the countless myriads without were oeforc us in im lagination. the few remaining peers and peeresses wl iO had yt to arrive, did so with a precipitation which the occasion requiren, me preoenuaries ol West minster put on their capes and stoles, and paced up and down the choir in readiness for the dutv which thev were to perform of meetine their sovereign at the Abbey's gate, the organ and the' instruments in the orchestra were put through the confused operation of tuning ; and so matters went on,' ex pectation on tiptoe, and exeitement momentarily gather- THE MORNING CHRONICLE, FBIDAV, JUNE 29. ; till nhm.t eleven o'clock, when the various com npli- mentary embassies began to arrive, and intimated that one end of the train of carriages had reached the Abbey. The embassies, as they severally arrived, were met by the heralds and gentlemen at arms with all due honour, and escorted to their seats, amidst a murmur of observation at the costliness, variety, or novelty of the costumes uhich thev Dresentsd. In lika manner the feeling of t ns- tnnishm'ont was reciprocated by not a few of these diet :tin- guishedpersonagesalthesplenffourandvastnessofthescene which they found around them. When the heralds pointed their attention first to the stupendous music gallery, and then to'thc walls of living flesh which swelled and heaved around; they some of them opened their eyes and hands with an astonishment as unfeigned as any they were perhaps ever guilty of. The Turkish ambassador appeared at first absolutely, bewildered, and a slight, titter ran through the galleries at the start he gave on first entering the door. A sound of cheering, now ran through frorn the nave, and it was quickly intimated that Marshal'' Soull was close at hand, On his Excellency's entrance the cordial greeting which we understood he had received without was repeated with the true John Bull heartiness. He bowed with great dignity, yst with inuch feeling, in testimony of his appreciation of the delicate compliments intended to bo offered him, and made his way (halting rather from lameness) to the ambassadors' box. Tho cordial and appropriate fervour with which this great general was received on the present occasion, both within and without the Abbey, was highly creditable to the good ,,, nnd onerous feelings of the English public. They have thus given their best expression of dissent from the ungracious efforts of a faction which has sought to mar tne harmony of the present festive period by a recurrence to by-gone national strife. This applause of the venerable marshal must be the more gratifying 10 nimsen, as if is honourable to the English nation, coming as it did from the same English audience which but a few minutes afterwards were loud in their just applause of his Grace the Duke of Wellington. Amongst the other ambassadors who attracted particular attention were the Prince Swartzenburgh, who wore a splendid dress of velvet, turned up with iur and gold. The Princess excited universal admiration for her beauty and the elegant richness of her dress. But Prince Estcrhazy's coat of mail (for we may almost so term it) of pearls and diamonds carried everything bofore it. In passing through the choir everybody stared at him with all' their eyes, and tain would many a young damsel have swallowed him with their longing eyes, or twined him through their hair, or " cut him out in little stars," to deck a generation of wrists and throats and ears. When the Prince arrived at the peeresses' seats, on his way to the ambassadors' box, he was regularly waylaid,- and underwent a minute scrutiny, which he enjoyed with great good humour. We need hardly add, that the appearance of the ambassadors' box, when all their excellencies were seated in it, was sumptuous in the extreme. The display of magnificence which their excellencies have indulged in to do honour to tho Queen of England cannot but be a source of great gratification to 6ur national pridej and perhaps the circumstance may fairly be looked upon as a matter of higher importance, irs indicating that desire for a cordial and lusting good understanding between this country and our continental neighbours, which caunotbut tend to the preservation of peace, and tho consequent advancement of improvements and advantages of every kind. Precisely at twenty minutes to twelve o'clock n second salute of cannon announced that the Queen had arrived at the great western entrance of the-Abbey. The theatre which was previously promiscuously crowded by the peers and others present was immediately cleared. Every one .hurried to his place, and a -general movement took place amongst tho peeresses, who settled themselves finally in their places. The effect was extremely grand. Tho beautiful admixture of white satin and crimson velvet, tipped and dotted in all directions by the brilliant head-dresses and other jewellery which their ladyships wore, and all this in motion I - It was like a scene of fairy land, or some gorgeous bird rattling its rich plumage in the sun light. Meantime the procession was understood to be forming in the nave, and after an anxious ten miuutes of suspense the royal procession entered the choir. As her Majesty ndvanccd slowly from the western door of the church towards the theatre, she was received with loud and hearty plaudits from the glittering throng which had assembled on every side, and the choir with striking, almost startling, effect immediately broke forth with the following anthem : " I was glad whon they said unto mc, We will so into .t.urf tho Lord. For there is the ScatofJudff- mcnt even the Seat of the House of David. 0 pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love Thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy Palaces. ' Glorv be to the Father, ana to the Sonyandto the Holv Ghost; as it. was in the beginning, h now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen." Meantime her Majesty, who was habited in a rich mantle and train of crimson velvet above a slip of satin wrought with gold, and having a circlet of diamonds around her brow, passed up through the body of the church into and through the choir, and so up the stairs to tjie theatre. The appearance of the procession as it advanced with " solemn step and slow " between the crowded galleries was mare imposing than can well be described, The rich and varied dresses of the whole, the interest naturally attaching to the illustrious personoges who immediately preceded her Majesty, and the feeling of admiration not less naturally awakened towards the fair group which followed to give tendance on their maiden mistress, made even this initiatory step to the day's proceedings within the walls of the Abbey one of the most striking and perhaps also one" of the most interesting parts of the ceremony. Her Majesty, having ascended the steps of the theatre, passed by the throne to a chair provided for her about midway between the throne and the south side of the. altar, where (in the words of the printed formulary) "she made her humbleadoration, and then, kneeling at the faldstool set for her before her chair, used some short private prayers; and after, sitting down (not io her throne, but. in her chair before, -and below, her throne), there reposed herself." Meanwhile the different branches of tho procession disposed themselves in the following order: The prebendaries ascended the theatre, and passe.d over it to their station on the south side of the altar, beyond the Queen's chair. The Lord Steward of the Household passed to his seat as a peer, and the Vice-Chamberlain, Treasurer, and Comptroller of her Majesty's Household passed to their seats. . . The Lord Archbishops of York and Armagh, and the Loid Chancellor of Ireland, also passed to their seats. The Dean of Westminster, the, Great Officers of State, viz., the Lord High ChaHcellor, the Lord President of the Council, the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord High Constalle, the Earl Marshal, with the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, ascended the theatre, and stood near the great south-cast pillar thereof. , The Princesses and the attendants of their Royal Highnesses were conducted by the Officers at Arms to the royal box. The Princes of the Royal Blood were conducted to their seats as peers by the Officers at Arms ; and the noblemen who carried the coronets, and the trainboarers of their Royal Highnesses, went to the places provided for them. The High Constables of Scotland and Ireland were conducted to their places as peers. The pages, upon ascending the theatre, delivered the coronets and staves, which thev had carried, to the re spective noblemen, and went to the seats provided for them, where they remained until alter tno return ot the procession. The Gentlemen-at-Arms who guarded her Majesty remained at the foot of the steps ascending to the theatre, where thev formed a thick and impenetrable phalanx ; the officers of the Yeomen of Mke Guard and the Exoas stood within and near to the choir door ; and the Yeomen of the Guard remained on the outside of the entrance to the choir. ( 1 he Bishops, the Queen's supporters, stood on each side of their royal mistress. The noblemen bearing the four swords arranged themselves on her Majesty's right hand, the sword of state- borne by Viscount Melbourne, being nearest to the royal PThc' ij0rd Great Chamberlain ' ( Lord Willougliby d'Eresby), and tho Lord High Constable (the Duke o WolUn'ton), placed tncmseivcs on me iuu. iu.-ui..... ni-oat officers ot Hiaie, wiu jjiiu.cii.ui. wu.6 .-tv. the Dean ol Westminster, wepuiy ...a,., v-- Rod, standing near the Queen's cnair ; mp uisuups bearing the bible, t lie ctiauce, unit uu p.tu.m, tiU.....fc near the pulpit ; and the Trainbearers, the Lord Chamberlain of tho Household, and the Groom of the Robes standing behind her Majesty. The Mistress of the Robes, the Ladies o! the bed-chamber, the Maids of Honour, and the Women of the Bedchamber, passed to the scats provided tor uiem. The Master of the Horse, the Gold Stick, the Captain-General of the Archer Guard of Scotland, the Captain of tho Band of Gentlemen-at-Arms, and the Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, pasted to, their seats as peers . and the Keeper of her Majesty's i-rivy rurse io u provided for him. Whilst this disposition of the different members of the procession was taking place the choir continued with tho nn,om. nt. the close of which the Westminster scholars, who occupied seats at the extremity of the lower galle- .l- iL ff.,M. elrlnc rtf llipphnir: TOKO ill a ries on. mc uurui v"- ' hodv toecthcr with their masters, and, at the topmost ni'ch of their voices, repeated, in a kind ef chant, accom- panied with an animatea nounsn oi cajis, " Vivat Victoria Itegina. THE RECOGNITION. The Queen being seated in the manner described, the Archbishop of Canterbury advanced from his station at the south-east pillar, and, together with the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord High Constable, and the Earl Marshal, preceded by Deputy Garter, moved to tho east side of the theatre, where the Archbishop made the recognition thus:" Sirs, I here present unto you Queen Victoria, the undoubted Queen of this realm ; wherefore, all you who are some this day to do your homage, are you willing to do the same ?" The people thus addressed, consisting chiefly of the members of the Houso of Commons, signified their willingness and joy by loud and repeated acclamations, all with one voice crying out " God save Queen Victoria !" A flourish of trumpets added to the animation, and in-creased the enthusiasm of the respondents. Then the Archbishop repeated the samo at the south, west, and north sides of the theatre : during which time her Ma- jesty continued standing by her chair', and turned towards the people on. the side at which the recognition was maae, the people, as in the first instance, replying to each demand with loud and repeated acclamations of " God save Queen Victoria !" The bearers of the regalia during tho recognition remained standing about her Majesty. Her Majesty then resumed her sont, and the bible, the chalice, and the patina, were carried to and placed upon the altar, by the bishops who had borne them, who then retired to their seats. The great officers also resumed their station near her Majesty. . Two officers of the wardrobe then spread a rich cloth of gold, and lay a cushion on the same, for her Majesty to , kneel on. at the steps of the altar. The Archbishop of Canterbury then proceeded to the altar, put on his cope, and stood on tho north side. 1 he bishops who were to read the Litany also vested themselves in their copes. THE FIRST OBLATION. The QeecSi, supported by the two Bishops of Durham and! Bath and Wells, and attended by the Dean of Westminster, the great officers and thu noblemen bearing the regalia, and the four swords going, before her Majestyi passed to the altar. Her Majesty, kneeling upon the cushion, then made her first offering, being a pall, or altar-cloth of gold, which was delivered by an officer of the wardrobe to tho Lord Chamberlain, by his lordship to the Lord Great Chamberlain, and by him to the Queen, who delivered it to the Archbishop of Canterbury, by whom it was placed on the altar. The Treasurer of the Household then delivered an ingot of gold, of one pound weight, to the Lord Great Chamberlain, who having presented the same to the Queen, her Majesty delivered it to the Archbishop, by whom it was put into the oblation-basiu. The Archbishop then said the following prayer, the Queen still kneeling at the altar: " 0 God, who dwellest in the high and holy place, ...:!, tUam mIbo u tin am nl' im hnmhlo STfil it. look down yviin n-, ....... ... . . mercifully upon this thy servant. Victoria our Queen, here nUIUtillllg nerscii nciore nice in uij iwuium, mm gia-cibusly receive these oblutlons, which in humble acknow-ldr; of Thy Sovereignty over all, and of Thy great bounty to her in" particular, she hath now offered up unto Thee, through Jesus Christ our only Mediator end Advocate. Amen." The Queen, having thus offered, and so fulfilled his commandment, who said, " Thou shalt not appear before the Lord thy Gad empty," returned to the chair set for her on the south side of the altar. The regalia, except the swords, were then dolivered, by the several noblemen who bore tho same, to the Archbishop, and by his grace to the Dean of Westminster, who laid them on the altar. The great officers of stato (with the exception of the Lord Great Chamberlain), and the noblemen who had borne the regalia deposited on tho altar, went to the respective places appointed for them ; the Bishop of Durham standing on the right hand of her Majesty, with the noblemen carrying the t words on his right hand; the Bishop of Bath and Wells on her Majesty's left hand, and near him the Lord Great Chamberlain. The noblemen baaring the swords (except, the sword of state ) continued to stand on the south side of the area until the enthronization. THE LITANY. This portion of the church service was thun read by the Bishops of Worcester and St. David's, kneeling at a faldstool ubve the steps of the theatre, in the centre of the east side thereof, the choir reading the responses. At the conclusion of the Litany, the bishops rosumcd their scats on the bench along the north side of the area. T 1 1 E C 0 M M V N I O N. S E R V I C E. Previous to the commencement of this part of the scr. vice the choir sung the Haiictus: " Holy ! Holy ! Holy ! Lord God of Hosts ; Heaven and Earth are full of thy Glory ; Glory he lo Thee, 0 Lord most High ; Amen." , The Archbishop then began the service, the Bishop of Rochester reading the epistle, which was taken from 1st Peter, ii. 13, " Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for ths Lord's sake," &c. ; and the Bishop of Carlisle the gospel, which was takn from St. Matthew, xxii. 15, " Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how thev might ctitonglfl him in his talk," &c. The service boing concluded the bishops returned .to their seats. THE SERMON. The Bishop of I. fndon then nsctndtd the pulpi' placed against the pillsr at the north-east corner of the theatre, to preach the sermon. The right reverend prelate took his text, from 2d Chronicles, xxxiv. S, "And the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his comnip.ndnients, and his tes- timonies and statutes, and with all his hct and with all his soul to perform (he words ot tne covenant wtncn are written in this book." In the course of his sermon the rijjht reverend prelate alluded -in a feeling and im- pressiv,? manner to the high character, the sterling worth, and unfeigned religion of the late King, urging the young Queen, though now in the bloom of youth and promise, to take example from the pictyxf her predecessor, and, by the humble and sincere discharge of religious duties, to bo prepared like him to meet wan calmness una resig nation that fatal hour which ull men hoped to see long deferred, but which was alike inevitable and alike uncer tain in its arrival to princes as well as peasants. During the sermon her Majesty, who appeared deeply attentive, continued to sit in her chair on the south side ef the area, opposite the pulpit, supported on her right hand by the Bishop of Durham, and beyond him, on the same side, stood the noblemen carrying the swords ; on her left the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and near him tho Lord Great Chamberlain. The Archbishop of Canterbury took his seat in a purple velvet chair on the north side of the area, Deputy Garter standing near him, the Dean'of Westminster standing on the south side of the area, east of the Queen's chair, and near the altar. THE OATH. Th sermon beinS concluded (and her Majesty having on Monday, the 20th day of November, 1837 m tne . r Hio tun houses. of Parliament made and signed the declaration), the Archbishop of Canterbury, advancing towards the Queen and standing before her, SW" Madam, Is your Majesty willing to take the oath?" lpon which the Queen answered : " 1 am willing." , Then the Archbishop nmiidercd these questions ; and th. Queen, having a copy cf the printed form and order of the ozonation service in her hands, answered each question severally, as follows : " Archb, Will von solemnly promise and 1 swear to go-.pic of this United Kingdom of Great B.itam ' ....a ,i, Hominiomi thereto belonging, a l.nwt, tho nln ana ireianu, aim uiu ----- , - -j cording to the statutes in Parliament agreed on, and the respective laws and customs oi ' Queen. : I solemnly promise so to (to. " Archb. : Will vou to your power cause law amljustice, in mercy, to be cxecutsd in all your judgment . " Archb.' Wdhou to the utmost of your power maintain The laws of God, the true Pleon of Ae go .p 1, and the Protectant reformed religion estabh shed by la . And will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the united church of England and Iwlwdand the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof as b law established within England and reland,. and 1 e territories thereunto belonging ? And will you c unto the bishops and clergy of Kngland and to the churches there committed to their c large, , a II such rights and privileges as by law do cr shall appertain to them, or any of them? " Queen, s All this I promise to do-Then the Queen, arising out of her chain, attended by her supporters, and assisted by the Lord Groat Chamber-Iain, the sword of state being carried before her, went to the altar, and there made her solemn oath in the sight of all the people, to observe the promises : Laying her right hand upon the Holy Gospel in the great Bible which was before carried in the proccssien, and which was now brought from the altar by the Archbishop, and tendered to her as she knelt upon the steps, saying these words: " Tho things which I have here before promised I will perform, and keep. " So help me God." Her Majesty then kissed the book, and set her royal sign-manual to a transcript of the oath, the Lord Chamberlain of the Household holding a silver standish for that purpose, delivered to him by an officer of the Jewel-office. The Queen, having thus taken her oath, returned again to her chair ort the south side of the altar ; and kneeling at her faldstool, the Archbishop began the hymn, " Vcni, Creator Spiritus," which the choir sang out as follows : " Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, And warm them with thy heav'nly fire. Thou who th' Anointing Spirit art, To us thy sevenfold gifts impart. Let thy bless'd unction from above Be to us comfort, life, and love. Enable with celestial light Tho weakness of our mortal si;-,hl : Anoint our hearts, and cheer our face, With the abundance of thy grace : Keep far our foes, give pcaae at home ; Where thou dost dwell, no ill can come : Teach us to know the Father, Son, And Spirit of Both, to be but One. That so through ages all along, This may be our triumphant song ; In Thee, 0 Lord, we moke our boast, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." THE ANOINTING. The Archbishop then read the prayer preparatory to the anointing, " Ok, Lord, Holy Father, who by anointing with oil didst of old make and consecrate kings, priests, and prophets'," &c. At the conclusion of this prayer tho choir sung tho anthem, " Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon king, and all the people rejoiced and said, 1 God save the king, long live the king, may the king live for ever. Amen. Hallelujah.'" At the commencement of the anthem, the Queen rese from her chair, went before tho altar, and, attended by her supporters and the Lord Great Chamborlaio, the sword of state being borne befoto her, wa.3 disrobed of her crimson robe by the Mistress of the Robes, assisted by the Lord Great Chamhcrluiu, and the robe so taken off was immediately carried into St. Edward's Chapel by the Groom of the Robes. The Queen then proceeded to and sat down in King Edward's chair, covered with' cloth of gold, and with a faldstool befoie it, placed in front of the altar, where her Majesty was anointed ; four Knights of the Garter, viz., the Duke of Rutland, the Marquess of Anglesey, the Marquess of Exeter, mid the Duke of Buccleuch (summoned by Deputy Gartar), holding over the Queen's head a rich pall or cloth of gold, dilivcrcd to them by the Lord Chamberlain, who received the same fiom an officer of the wardrobe ; and, the anthem being concluded, the Dean of Westminster took from the allai' the ampulla, containing the consecrated oil, and pourmg some into the anointing spoon, the Archbishop anointed her Majesty on the bead and hands, in the form of a cross, pronouncing the words : " Be thou anointed with holy oil, as kings, priests, and prophets were anointed. And as Solomon was anointed king by Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet, so be you anointed, blessed, and consecrated Queen over this peoplo, whom the Lord your God hath given you to rule and govern, in tho name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." Then tho Dean of Westminster layeth the ampulla and spoon upon the altar, and the Queen knecleth down at the faldstool, and the Archbishop, standing on the north side of the altar, saith this prayer or blessing over her : " Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who by his Father was anointed by the oil of gtadncssabove his fellows, by his holy anointing pour down upon your head and heart the blessing of the Holy Ghost, and prosper the works of your hands : that by the assistance of his heavenly grace you may preserve the people committed to your charge in wealth, peace, and godliness ; and after a long and glorious course of ruling this temporal kingdom wisely, justly, and religiously, you may at last be made partaker of an eternal kingdom, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen." Her Majesty, then rising, resumed her seat in King King Edward's chair ; and the Knights of tho Garter returned the pall to the Lord Chamberlain (to be by him redelivered to the officer of the wardrobe), and returned to their seats. THE SPURS. After this the Dean of Westminster took the spurs from the altar, and delivered therii to the Lord Great Chamberlain, who, kneeling down, presented them to the Queen, who forthwith sent them iiack t.o the altar. THE SWORD? The Viscount Melbourne, carrying the sword of state, now delivered it to the Lord Great Chamberlain (who gave it to an officer of the Jewel House, to be deposited in a traverse in King Edward's Chapel), and received in lieu thereof another sword, in a scabbard of purple velvet, which he delivered to the Archbishop, who laid it upon the altar, and said the following p'raycr .: " Hear our prayers, O Lord, we beseech thee, and so direct and support thy servant Queen Victoria, that she may not bear the sword in vain ; but may use it as the minister of God for the terror an J punishment of cfil-doera, and for the protection and encouragement of those that do weil, through' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." Then the Archbishop took the sword from off the altar, and (the Archbishops of York and Armagh, and the Bishops of London and Winchester, and other bishops, assisting, and going along with him) delivered it into the Queen's right hand, and she holding it, the Archbishop said : " Receive this kingly sword brought now from the altar of God, und delivered to you by the hands of us the bishops and servants of God, though unworthy. With this sword do justice, stop the growth of iniquity, protect the holv church of God, help and defend widows and orphans, restore the things that are gone to decay, maintain tne tilings -mat are restored, punish and reform what i amiss, and confirm what is in good order : that doing these things, you may. bci glorious in ull virtue ; and so faithfully serve our Lord. Jesus Christ in this life that you may reign for ever with, him in the life which is to come. Amen," OFFERING OF THE SWORD. The Quean, rising up, went to the altar, where her Majesty offered the sword in the scabbard (delivering it to .the Arahbishop, who plaecd it on the altar), and then returned to and sat down in King Edward's chair. The sword was then redeemed for ICOs. by Viscount Mel. boure, who received it from tho Dean, and carried during the remainder of the solemnity, having first drawn IToutof the scabbard. MddelivereTTKTaTfcr To" 8 officer of the wardrobe. The Archbishop tad Bishops who had assisted during the offering rcturnd to their places THE INVESTING WITH THE ROYAL ROBt, AND THE DELIVERY OF THE ORB. Then the Queen arising, the Imperial mantle or Dalmatic robe, of cloth of gold, lined or furred with ermine, Z v anofficerof the wa.dtobc delivered to the Dean of Westminster, and by him put upon the Queen, stand-in,; the Queen, having received it, sat down, and then the orb with the cross was brought from the altar by the Dean of Westminster, and delivered into the Queens ris'htUand by the Archbishop, pronouncing t.ns blessing and cslortation : Receive this imperial robe, and orb, and the Lord ,or God endue 5ouwi.h knowledge and dom with ma.i ,f t V;0CT,, S. ;Uh the garments Son. Andwhenyou seetl s orb set und.r he y of cross, rcucmbcr mat. tne "i- j--- - - Power and empire of Christ our Redeemer lor hem " prince of the kings of the earth ; kin ef kmgs, and I on of loriU: so that no man can reign happily who derives not his authority from him, and directs not all h actions according to his laws." The Queen thfi returned the orb to the Dean of est-minster, who laid it upon the altar. THE INVEST1TJ RE 1'bK a i in l l, i 1 ii r. i BACL'LUM. Then an officer of the Jewel-house delivered to the Lord Chamberlain the Qucn's ring, who delivered the same to the Archbishop, in which a tabic jewel was enchased. The Archbishop hav ing so received the ring put. it on the fourth finger of her Majesty's right hand, and. said, Receive this ring, the en.4gn of kingly dignity, and defence of the Catholic faith; und as you are this day solemnly invested in the government of this earthly kingdom, so" may you be scaled with that spirit of promise which is the earnest of an heavenly inheritance, and reign with Him who is the blessed and only potentate, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Then the Dean of Westminster brought the sceptre and rod to the Archbishop ; and the Lord of the Manor of Worksop (the Duke of Norfolk), who claims to hold an estate by the service of presenting to the Queen a right-hand glove on the day of her coronation, and sup-porting the Queen's right arm whilst the holds the sceptre and cross, delivered .to tho Queen a pair of rich gloves, and upon any occasion happening afterwards supported her Majesty's right arm or held her sceptre by her. The gloves being put on, the Archbishop delivered! the sceptre, with the cross, into the Queen's right hsd. saying: ' Receive the royal sceptre, the ensign of kingly power-and justice." And then he delivered the rod with the dove into the Queen's left hand, and said: " Receive the rod of equity and mercy ; and God", from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all jtut works do proceed, direct and assist you m the administration and exercise of nil those powers which he hath given, you. Be so merciful, that vou be not too remiss jjso execute justice, that you forget not mercy. Judge wn righteousness, and reprove with equity, and accept fXt man's person. Abase the proud, and lift np the lowly ;: punish the wicked, protect and cherish the just, and lead your people in the way wherein they should go: thus in all things following his great and holy example, of whom the prophet David said, ' Thou lovest righteousness, and hakst iniquity ; the sceptre of thy kingdom is a ngnt. sceptre;' even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." THE PUTTING ON THE CROWN. The Archbishop, standing before the altar, took the crown into his hands, and laying it again upon the altar, said : "Oh, God, who crowneth thy faithful servants with mercy and loving kindness, look down upon this thy servant Victoria here the Queen bowed her head our Queen, who now in lowly davotion boweth her head to thy divine Majesty ; and as thou dost this day set a crown of' pure gold upon her head, so enrich her royal heart with thy heavenly grace; and crown her with all princely virtues which may adorn tho high station wherein thou hast placed her, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whona be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." Then the Archbishop came from the altar, assisted by tho Archbishops of York and Armagh, with tho Bishops of London, Winchester, and other bishops, tho Dean of Westminter bringing the crown, and the Archbishop, taking it of him, reverently placed it upon the Queen's head. Tiiis was no sooner done than from every part of tho crowded edifice arose a loud and enthusiastic cry of " God save the Queen V mingled with lusty cheers and accompanied by tho waving of huts and handkerchiefs. At this moment, too, the peers and peeresses present put on their coronets, the bishops their caps, and the kings of arms their rowns ; the trumpets sounding, the drums beating, and the Tower and Park guns firing by signal. This was the most imposing part of the ceremony, and at this moment the Abbey presented a scene scarcely to be surpassed in splendour and magnificence, and certainly never surpassed in animation or honest and genuine enthusiasm. The acclamations having ceased the Archbishop went on and said : " Be strong and of a geod courage : observe the commandments of God, and walk in his holy ways : fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life : that in this world you may Be crowned with success and honour, and when yoit have finished your course, receive a crown of righteousness, which God the righteous Judge shall give you in that day. Amen." The choir thep sung the following anthem : "The Queen shall rejoice in thy strength, O Lord : exceeding glad shall she be of thy salvation. Thou hast presented her with the blessings of goodness, and hast set a crown oi pint: gum upon uer neau. xiauviujau. mucn. THE PRESENTING OF THE HOLY BIBLE. The. Dean of Westminster then took tho holy bible, which was carried in-the procession, from off the altar, and delivered it to the Archbishop, who, with the same archbishops and bishops as before going along with him, presented it to the Queen, first saying these words to her : " Our gracious Queen, we present you with this book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom ; this is the royal law ; these are the lively oracles of God. Blessed is ho that readcth, and they that read the words of this book ; that keep, and do the things-contained in it. For these arc the words of eternal life, able to make you wise and happy in this life, nay, wise unto salvation, and so happy for evermore, through faith which is in Chiist Jesus ; to whom be glory for ever. The Queen, having received the Bible, delivered it back to the Archbishop, who gave it to the Dean of Westminster, to be reverently placed again upon the holy altar, the archbishops and bishops who had assisted returning to their seats. THE BENEDICTION AND TE DEUM. And now the Queen having been thus anointed and crowned, and having received all the ensigns of royalty, the Archbishop solemnly blessed her ; and all the Bishops, with the rest of the Peers, followed every part of the benediction with a loud and h earty Amen ; " The Lord bless and keep you : the Lord make the light of his countenance to shine for ever upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord protect you in all your wars, preserve you from every evil thing, and prosper you in every thing good. Amen. " The Lord give you a faithful Senate, wise and upright counsellors and magistrates, a loyal nobility, and a dutiful gentry ; a pious and learned and useful clergy ; an hones, industrious, and obedient commonalty. Amen. " In your days may mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss each other ; may wisdom and knowledge be tho stability of your times, and tliv fear of the Lord your treasure. Amen. " The Lord make your days many, your reign prosperous, your fleers and annioB victorious : and may yon be reverenced and beloved by all your subjects, and cvtr increase in favour with God and mm Amen. " The glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon you : may He bless you with all temporal and spiritual happiness in this world, anil crown you with glory and immortality in the world to conic. Amen." Then the Archbishop turned to the people and said : " And the same Lord God Almighty grant that the clergy und noble3 assembled here for this great and solemn service, and together with them all the people of the land, fearing God and honouring the Queen, may, by the merciful superintendency of the Divine Providencff, and the vigilant care of eur gracious Sovereign, continually enjoy peaoe, plenty, and prosperity, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with the Eternal Father and God the Holy Ghost, bs glwry in the church, world without end. Amen." Tho Te Deum was then sung by the choir, at the commencement of which the Queen removed to tho Rccogni-tion Chair, on which her Majesty first sat, on the southeast side of the throne, the ttyo Bishops her supporters, the

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