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Kay's Originals Vol. 1


144 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, “Be it known to all mortals, whether clerical or laical, that we, Sir James Gray, Knight of Kew, the supereminent sovereign of the most capital knighthood of the Cape, having nothing more sincerely at heart than the glory and honour of this most noble order, and the happiness and prosperity of the Knightscompanions : And being desirous of extending the benign and social influence of the Order to every region under the grand Cape of Heaven ; being likewise well informed and fully satisfied with the abilities and qualifications of William Martin, Esq., with the advice and concurrence of our Council-We do create, admit, and receive him a knight-companion of the most social Order, by the name, style, and title of Sir Villiam Martin, Knight of Roger, and of E. F. D.-Hereby giving and granting unto him, all the powers, privileges, and pre-eminences that do, or may belong to this most social Order. And we give command to our Recorder to registrate this our patent in the records of the Order.-In testimony of the premises, we have subscribed this with our own proper f i t , and have caused appended the great Seal of the Order,’ at Cape- Hall, this 20th day of the month called October, in the year of grace, 1792. (Signed)-BED, Deputy-Sovereign.-Entered into the records of the Order, by Sir CELLARR, ecorder.-L. BOX, Secretary. Besides being a burgess, he was a member of the Society of Booksellers, and of the Merchant Company of Edinburgh. He was also a member of the Kirk Session of the Parish of St. Cuthbert’s. The late Mr. Archibald Constable prevailed on Martin to sit for an hour to Mr. Geddes, portrait-painter ; but the sketch was never finished, as he could not be induced to sit again. Although rough, it is a capital likeness, and was bought at Mr. Constable’s sale by a friend of “ the Knight of Roger.” So much for the good fellowship of the “grinning auctioneer.” humblepun), because a nautical idea was most natural and appropriate on the occasion of being halfseas ovw, the Calton burgher facetiously called doubling the Cape ; and it was customary with his friends, every evening when they assembled, to inquire “ how he turned the Cape last night.” The Club, on the 22d September 1770 (the birth-day of the author of ‘‘ The Seasons ”) held a musical festival in honour of the poet, and resolved to have similar meetings every tenth year. Accordingly, in the year 1780, 1790, and 1800, under the superintendence of Mr. Wood, who composed and recited verses for the occasion, the entertainmenta were repeated with increased effect. In 1780, when letters of marque were issued against the Dutch, the Knights of the Cape, at a very thin meeting of their Order on the 26th December, subscribed two hundred and fifty guinea towards fitting out a privateer. l “ The Great Seal of the Order,” inclosed in a tin box, has the letters “ E. F. D. ,” surmounted by a coronet, enclosed with laurel, and the whole encircled with the worda--“ Sigillum commune Equitum de Cape-Conwrdia fratrum decus.”
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