A Speech, Made To Kinge James,At His Comeinge To Hoghton Tower, By Two conceaved to be the Household Gods. July, 1617. The first attyr'd in a Purple Taffatu' Mantle;/ In one Hand, a Palm Tree Branch;/ On his Head a Garland of the same;/ And in the other Hand a Dogge. [Poetic declamtions by the two characters follow in two columns below.]
Printed broadside, entirely letterpress, in decorative border. Sheet 315 x 200mm. Glued to scrap sheet, horizontal and vertical centre creases where previously folded.
A gushing speech of welcome to King James I by the household gods of Hoghton Tower. Hoghton is a fortified manor house to the east of Preston in Lancashire. It has been the ancestral home of the De Hoghton family since the time of William the Conqueror. Richard Hoghton earned the favour of James I, who made him a Baronet in 1611 and visited Hoghton in 1617. Sir Richard, who was hoping to convince the king to relieve him of money-losing alum mines, laid out the red carpet for James' visit - literally. Red carpeting was laid for the entire length of the half mile avenue leading to the house. The king must have been impressed by the lavish welcome, and the feasting which followed, for he did buy the mines. An amusing but unsubstantiated tale has it that at the feast in the banqueting hall given in James' honour the king was so moved by the excellent loin of beef he was served that he took his sword and knighted it 'Sir Loin', giving us the term 'sirloin'. Richard's good fortune did not last long; only a few years later he was imprisoned in Fleet Prison for debt. Richard's son, Sir Gilbert, fought for Charles I in the Civil War, and Hoghton Tower was besieged by Parliamentary troops in 1643. Eventually the defenders capitulated, but when the Roundheads entered the house the powder magazine in the tower between the two courtyards exploded with terrifying force, killing over 100 Parliamentary men. A rare and quirky broadside.
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