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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 402



to have beene the principali actors in that disorder, to which they haveing made their defence, and haveing presented severall affidavits to justifie their carriage that day, thongh they could not extenuate the faults of others who in the tumult affronted the loid niaior and his officers ; and the officers of the lord major, who was alleaged to have beene abused in the tumult, did not charge it upon anie of their particular persons; upon consideration whereof it appeareing to his majestic that the matter dependinge very much upon the right and priviledge of beareing up the lord maior's sword within the Temple, which by order of this board of the '24th of March last is left to be decided by due proceedings of lawe in the courts of Westminster Hall ; his majestic therefore thought fitt to suspend the declaration of his pleasure thereupon until the said right and priviledge shall oeeordinglie be deter mined att lawe." On the 4th of November, 14 Car. II., his highness Rupert prince palatine, Thomas earl of Cleveland, Joeelyn lord Percy, John lord Berkeley of Stratton, with Henry and Bernard Howard of Norfolk, were admitted members of the fellowship of the Inner Temple.* W e must now close our remarks on the Temple, with a short account of the quarrel with Dr. Micklethwaite, the castas or guardian of the Temple Chureh. After the Hospitallers had been put into possession of the Temple by king Edward the Third, the prior and chapter of that order, appointed to the antient and honourable post of custos, and the priest who occupied that office, had his diet in one or other of the halls of the two law societies, in the same way as the guardian priest of the order of the Temple formerly had his diet in the hall of the antient Knights Templars. He took his place, as did also the chaplains, by virtue of the appointment of the * Bugi. Orig. p. 15«.


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