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on their sleeves; then the Garter king-at-arms, in his tabard; then several knights
of the Bath, each with a white lace on his sleeve; then their esquires; then the
judges, in their robes of scarlet and coifs; then the Lord High Chancellor of
England, in a robe of scarlet, open before, and purfled with minever; then a
deputation of aldermen, in their scarlet cloaks; and then the heads of the
different civic companies, in their robes of state. Now came twelve French
gentlemen, in splendid habiliments, consisting of pourpoints of white damask
barred with gold, short mantles of crimson velvet lined with violet taffeta, and
carnation-colored hauts-dechausses, and took their way down the steps. They
were of the suite of the French ambassador, and were followed by twelve
cavaliers of the suite of the Spanish ambassador, clothed in black velvet,
unrelieved by any ornament. Following these came several great English nobles
with their attendants.’ There was a flourish of trumpets within; and the prince’s
uncle, the future great Duke of Somerset, emerged from the gateway, arrayed in
a ‘doublet of black cloth-of-gold, and a cloak of crimson satin flowered with
gold, and ribanded with nets of silver.’ He turned, doffed his plumed cap, bent
his body in a low reverence, and began to step backward, bowing at each step. A
prolonged trumpetblast followed, and a proclamation, ‘Way for the high and
mighty, the Lord Edward, Prince of Wales!’ High aloft on the palace walls a long
line of red tongues of flame leaped forth with a thunder-crash; the massed world
on the river burst into a mighty roar of welcome; and Tom Canty, the cause and
hero of it all, stepped into view, and slightly bowed his princely head.

He was ‘magnificently habited in a doublet of white satin, with a front-piece of
purple cloth-of-tissue, powdered with diamonds, and edged with ermine. Over
this he wore a mantle of white cloth-of-gold, pounced with the triple-feather
crest, lined with blue satin, set with pearls and precious stones, and fastened
with a clasp of brilliants. About his neck hung the order of the Garter, and
several princely foreign orders’; and wherever light fell upon him jewels
responded with a blinding flash. O, Tom Canty, born in a hovel, bred in the
gutters of London, familiar with rags and dirt and misery, what a spectacle is
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