|Content Description||The volume contains (ff 2r-13r) orders for the government of the bedchamber and privy lodgings, drawn up in 1673. It is likely they were copied from the same orders in Pw V 92 (dated 1661). Folios 2r-v are autographed 'Charles R' at the top of the page. Folios 3r to 13r are autographed 'CR'. The orders are a confirmation of the 'auncient Orders...made by his Ma:ties our Royall Father and Grandfather...and as they were also established by his most Sacred Ma:tie that now is in the thirteenth yeare of his Ma:ties Reigne, Annoq Domini 1661' (see Pw V 92).|
The volume also contains (ff 20r-21r) 'Additional Orders by Our especiall Command for reviving confirming and continuing Our former Orders conteyned in this booke, and for the better Regulation of our Bedchamber &c'. These are dated 1678.
Folios 14v to 16r contain lists of 'the Gentlemen and Groomes of the Kings Bedchamber'.
Folios 18r to 19v are 'A true Copy of his Mats last Letters Patents under the great Seale for assertaining and confirming the Salary, fees & perquisitts belongin unto his Ma:ties Groome of the Stole...'. Folio 20r is autographed 'Charles R', and folios 20v-21r are autographed 'CR'.
A copy of a letter (ff 22r-23v) of May 1662 is affixed to folio 24r. It is from the king to the Earle of Manchester, the Lord Chamberlain, ordering that he admit 'Lord Mansfeild to be one of the Gentlemen of our Bed Chamber...'.
John Grenville, 1st Earl of Bath, became groom of the stole in 1660.
|Descriptive Features||Watermark: Strasbourg Lily, i.e. fleur de lis within crowned shield and insignia 4WR suspended from the shield, 138 x 68 mm (Type A, in flyleaves and pastedowns)|
Countermark: Letters AI, 15 x 22 mm (With Type A)
Chainlines, about 24 mm apart (Type B, copy of letter pasted on f 23.)
Presentation copy on ruled vellum
Vellum binding with gold tooling, double border lines and thistle stamp on all corners of front and back covers; gold graphed; spine is stamped with 23 double horizontal lines from top to base; binder added a front flyleaf and title page and three flyleaves to back of book.