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Henry the Eighth on the Corporation of London (who caused the institution
there of a home for poor boys and girls). Subsequently, Edward the Sixth caused
the old Priory to be properly repaired, and founded within it that noble
establishment called the Blue Coat School, or Christ’s Hospital, for the education
and maintenance of orphans and the children of indigent persons.... Edward
would not let him (Bishop Ridley) depart till the letter was written (to the Lord
Mayor), and then charged him to deliver it himself, and signify his special
request and commandment that no time might be lost in proposing what was
convenient, and apprising him of the proceedings. The work was zealously
undertaken, Ridley himself engaging in it; and the result was, the founding of
Christ’s Hospital for the Education of Poor Children. (The king endowed several
other charities at the same time.) ‘Lord God,’ said he, ‘I yield thee most hearty
thanks that thou hast given me life thus long, to finish this work to the glory of
thy name!’ That innocent and most exemplary life was drawing rapidly to its
close, and in a few days he rendered up his spirit to his Creator, praying God to
defend the realm from Papistry.- J. Heneage Jesse’s ‘London,its Celebrated
Characters and Places.’ In the Great Hall hangs a large picture of King Edward
VI seated on his throne, in a scarlet and ermined robe, holding the scepter in his
left hand, presenting with the other the Charter to the kneeling Lord Mayor. By
his side stands the Chancellor, holding the seals, and next to him are other
officers of state. Bishop Ridley kneels before him with uplifted hands, as if
supplicating a blessing on the event; while the Aldermen, etc, with the Lord
Mayor, kneel on both sides, occupying the middle ground of the picture; and
lastly, in front, are a double row of boys on one side, and girls on the other, from
the master and matron down to the boy and girl who have stepped forward
from their respective rows, and kneel with raised hands before the king.-
Timbs’s ‘Curiosities of London,’ p. 98.

Christ’s Hospital, by ancient custom, possesses the privilege of addressing the
Sovereign on the occasion of his or her coming into the City to partake of the
hospitality of the Corporation of London.- Ibid.

The Dining-Hall, with its lobby and organ-gallery, occupies the entire story,
which is 187 feet long, 51 feet wide, and 47 feet high; it is lit by nine large
windows, filled with stained glass on the south side; that is, next to Westminster
Hall, the noblest room in the metropolis. Here the boys, now about 800 in
number, dine; and here are held the ‘Suppings in Public,’ to which visitors are
admitted by tickets, issued by the Treasurer and by the Governors of Christ’s
Hospital. The tables are laid with cheese in wooden bowls; beer in wooden
piggins, poured from leathern jacks; and bread brought in large baskets. The
official company enter; the Lord Mayor, or President, takes his seat in a state
chair, made of oak from St. Catherine’s Church by the Tower; a hymn is sung,
accompanied by the organ; a ‘Grecian,’ or head boy, reads the prayers from the
pulpit, silence being enforced by three drops of a wooden hammer. After prayer
the supper commences, and the visitors walk between the tables. At its close, the
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