|Content Description||The volume contains (ff 3v-9v) orders for the government of the bedchamber and privy lodgings, with entries from 1661 to 1682. Folios 1v to 2v are autographed 'Charles R' at the top of the page. Folios 3r to 9v are autographed 'CR'. The orders are taken from earlier books drawn up by 'our Royall Grandfather and Royal ffather of blessed memory'.|
It also provides lists (ff 13v-15r) of 'the Gentlemen and Groomes of the Kings Bedchamber according to the Seniority in his Majesties service'. These lists are for the years 1661, 1673, 1678 and 1682. John Grenville, 1st Earl of Bath became Groom of the Stole in 1660.
The last entry is a copy of 'his Ma:ties Letters Pattents under the Great Seale for assertaining and confirming the Salary, Fees and Perquisites, belonging to his Ma:ties Groome of the Stole'(ff 16r-17v).
'Earle of Bath' appears (very faded) on front cover.
|Descriptive Features||Watermark, double: Strasbourg Lily, i.e. Fleur de lis within crowned shield and insignia 4WR suspended below the shield, approx. 148 x 76 mm; secondary watermark, letters IHS and Roman cross above the letters H, with small letters IA below the letter H, 53 x 50 mm. All the folios in this MS, including flyleaves and pastedowns, are of the same type of paper which bears two watermarks per sheet; there are four letters combinations below the main IHS mark, but the general dimension of that mark does not change; they are: letters IA (f 1), letters PB (on ff 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 17), letters RC (on f 14 and 18), letters IV (on the back flyleaf)|
Presentation copy on ruled paper
Vellum binding with gold tooling forming a central panel, double border lines and floral ornaments on corners of panel in both front and back covers; two front and one back flyleaves; traces of fore-edge ties; traces of ink writing on front cover 'Earl of Clare?'; gold graphed.