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King WILLIAM III.
Ing WILLIAM being advanc'd to
A. C. the Throne, his first Care was to chufe a set of Trusty Counsellors; and 1687 next to reward those who had most
contributed to his Elevation. The Persons with whom he thought fit to share the Im- Summons
His Majesty portant Resolutions of State in his Privy-Council, Privy Cor 1were his Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark, cil Jan. 14. the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, the Duke of Norfolk, the Marquesses of Winchester and Hellifax, The Earls of Danby, Lindsey, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Bedford, Devonsire, Macklesfield, Nottingham, Bath, and Dorset ; the Viscounts Falconberge, Mordant and Newport; the Lords Wharton, Delamere, Montague, Lumley and Churchill; Monsieur Bentinck, Mr. Henry Sidney, Mr. Edward Rufsel, Mr. Henry Pople, Mr. Richard Hamden, Sir Henry Capel, Hugh Boscowen Efq; and Sir Robert Howard. The Earl of Danby was made Prefident of the
A. C. Council ; the Marquess of Hallifax, Lord Privy 1689. Seal; the Earl of Devonshire. Steward of the Hous
hold; Mr. Bentinck, Groom of the Stole, and He dispose Lord Privy Purse; Viscount Newport, Treasurer of of several the Houshold: Mr.Wharton, Comptroler of His places. Majesty's Houshold; Sir John Loweher, Vice-Cham
berlain of His Majesty's Houshold; these two were also made Privy.Councellors) Monsieur Overkerk, Great Master of the Horse to the King; Mareschal de Schomberg, Great Master of the Or. dinance ; the Lord Montague, Master of the Great Wardrobe ; Mr. Zuglestein, Master of the Robes; the Earl of Shrewsbury, Principal Secretary of State ; the Bishop of London, Dean of the Chappel; the Lord Lovelace, Capt.of the Gentlemen Pensioners; the Duke of Ormond, the Earl of Oxford, the Lords Mordant, Lumley, and Churchill, and Mr. Sidney, Gentlemen of the King's Bed-Chamber; the Lord Wiltshire, Son to the Marquess of Winchester, Lord Chamberlain to the Queen; Fohn How Elo; ViceChamberlain; Mr. Villiers, Great Master of the Horse; and the Countess of Darby, Sister to the Duke of Ormond, first Lady of the Bed-Chamber, and Groom of the the Scole to her Majesty.
Besides the foremention d Places there remain'd one of great Trust, and two of no lefs Importance, and withal of vast Profit, still undispos d of, to wit, the Chancellor's, the Lord High Admiral's, and the Lord Treasurer's: The Earl of Nottino gham's Uprightness and Capacity entitled him to The first, and his being the leading Man amongst the Peers who had protested against the Vacancy of the Throne and the new Settlement, made it necessary for the King to secure him to his Interest, by this distinguishing mark of Confidence. But his Majesty having offer'd him the Seals, the Earl excus'd himself from accepting the same, alledging his unfitness for an Employment that requir'd a constant Application. The Marquess of Hallifax had the fame offer made him, which he likewife declin’d, whereupon the Seals were given to Sir John Maynard, Anthony Kecke and William Raw
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linjun Elgs; the two last of whom were Knighted A. C. by his Majesty. The Places of High Admiral and 1686. Lord Treasurer were likewise given to Commiilioners, to wit, the first to Admiral Herbert, the Earl of Carbery, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Thomas Lee, Sir John Chicheley, Sir John Lowther, and Mr. Sacheveril; and the other to the Lord Mordant, the Lord Delamere, the Lord Godolphin, Mr. Hamden, and Sir Henry Capel. As for the Earl of Nottingham, he, at last, was prevail'd with to be one of the Principal Secretaries of State.All theseEmployments and several others of less Consideration were dispos'd of at several times, within the space of two Months. As Dr.Burnet had been one of the chief Promoters of the Revolution, so likewise he was he first Ecclesiastick that reap'd the Fruits of it; having been Elected Bishop of Sarum, pursuant to his Majesty's Congé d' Elire
, directed to the Dean and Chapter March of that Cathedral; and Consecrated at Fulham by the Bishops of London, Winchester, Lincoln, Landaffc, St. Afaph and Carlife, by Virtue of a Com March million from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who stifly refus'd to perform the Ceremony himself. Three Days after Doctor Burnet was also sworn and admitted Chancellor of the Order of the Garter.
The Day before their Majesties were Proclaim d, the King writ a Letreç to the States of Holland, to acquaint them with his Advancement to the Crown, alluring them, “That his new Dignity instead of "diminishing the Affection he ever had, or the “ Care he ever took for the Preservation and Prof. “perity of their Republick. would only serve to “ enable him to discharge his Office of Stadtholder “ with more weight and success, towards the Good “ and Advantage of their State; and that during “his Reign he would make it his constant Businels
and Endeavour to establish and maintain a per"fect Intelligence, Alliance and Inviolable Friend" ship between his Kingdoms and the United Pro"vinces, for the Safety, Weltare and Repose of " both States, and the Support of the Protestant Religion. The same Express that was dispatch'd