CHAP. VII. Of the manner of his going to Westminster Hall.
NOw must I declare the manner of his going to Westminster Hall in the Terme time. First, when he came out of his privie Chamber, hee most commonly heard two Masses in his Chappell or Chamber. And I heard one of his Chaplaines say since (that was a man of credit, and Page 18 excellent learning) that what businesse soever the Car∣dinall had in the day time, that hee never went to bed with any part of his service unsaid; no not so much as one Collect, in which I thinke he deceived many a man: then going into his Chamber againe, hee demanded of some of his servants if they were in readinesse, and had furnished his chamber of Presence, and wayting Cham∣ber: he being then advertised, came out of his Privie Chamber about eight of the clocke, readie apparelled, and in Red like a Cardinall, his upper vesture was all of Scarlet, or else of fine Crimson Taffata, or crimson Sattin ingraned, his Pillion Scarlet, with a blacke Velvet tippet of Sables about his necke, holding in his hand, an Orenge the meate or substance thereof being taken out and filled againe with a part of Sponge, with Vineger and other Confections against pestilent Aires, the which hee most commonly held to his nose, when he came to the presses, or when he was pestered with many suitors; And before him was borne the broad Seale of England, and the Car∣dinalls Hat, by some Lord, or some Gentleman of wor∣ship right solemnly; And as soone as he was entered in∣to his Chamber of Presence, where there were daily at∣tending on him aswell Noblemen of this Realme, as other worthy Gentlemen of his owne Familie, his two great Crosses were there attending upon him; Then cry the Gentlemen Vshers that goe before him bare-headed. On Masters before, and make roome for my Lord. Thus went he downe into the Hall with a Serjeant of Armes before him, bearing a great Mase of Siluer, and two Gen∣tlemen carrying two great Plates of Silver; And when he came to the Hall doore there his Mule stood trapped all in crimson Velvet, with a Saddle of the same.
Then was attending him, when he was mounted his two Crosse-bearers, his two Pillow-bearers, all upon great horses, all in fine Scarlet, then he marched on with a traine of Gentrie, having foure Foot-men about him, bearing every one of them a Pole-axe in his hand; And Page 19 thus passed he forth till he came to Westminster, and there alighted and went in this manner up to the Chancerie, and stayed a while at a Barre, made for him beneath the Chancery, and there he communed sometimes with the Judges, and sometimes with other persons, and then went up to the Chancerie, and sate there till eleven of the clocke, to heare suits, and to determine causes; And from thence he would goe into the Starre-chamber as occasion served him; hee neither spared high nor low, but did judge every one according to right.
Every Sunday hee would resort to the Court being then at Greenwich, with his former rehearsed traine and Triumph, taking his Barge at his owne staires, furnished with Yeomen standing upon the sayles, and his Gentle∣men within and about, and landed at the three Cranes in the Vine-tree, and from thence he rode upon his Mule with his Crosses, his Pillars, his Hat, and his broad Seale carryed before him on horse-backe along Thames-street untill he came to Billingsgate, and there hee tooke his Barge, and so went to Greenwich, where hee was Nobly entertained of the Lords in the Kings house, being there with staves in their hands, as the Treasurer, Comptroller, with many others, and conveyed into the Kings Cham∣ber, and so went home againe in the like Triumph.