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The Customs, Ceremonies, Traditions, Superstitions, Fun, Feeling,
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THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.                                   5S
spent in other devisis, which I will declare to you by mouth to have yor ayde and advice therein.
" Sr, I know not howe ye be provided to furnish me, but suer methinks I shold have no lesse than five suets of apparell, the first for the daie I come in, which shall also serve me in London, and two other suets for the two halowed daies folowing, the fourth for newe yeares daie, and the fifte for XIIth daie.
" Touching my suet of blew, I have sent you a pece of velvet which with a kinde of powdered ermaines in it, verrie fytt for my wering, yf you so thynke good. All other matters I referre tyll I shall speake with you.
" George Ferrers."
In other letters from this Lord of Misrule to the Master of the Revels, he applies for eight visers for a drunken masque, and eight swords and daggers for the same purpose ; twelve hobby­horses, two Dryads, and Irish dresses for a man and woman ; and seventy jerkins of buckram, or canvas painted like mail, for seventy " hakbuturs," or musketeers of his guard.
Such are some of the testimonies borne by the parties them­selves to their own right pleasant follies, and the expense at which they maintained them; and to these we will add another, coming from an adverse quarter, and showing the light in which these costly levities had already come to be regarded by men of sterner minds, so early as the reign of Elizabeth. The following very curious passage is part of an exttact made by Brand, from a most rare book entitled, " The Anatomie of Abuses,"—the work of one Phillip Stubs, published in London, in 1585; and gives a quaint picture of the Lord of Misrule, and his retainers, as viewed through Puritan optics.
" Firste," says Master Stubs, " all the wilde heades of the parishe, conventynge together, chuse them a grand Capitaine (of mischeef) whom they ennoble with the title of my Lord of Misse-rule, and hym they crown with great solemnitie, and adopt for their kyng. This kyng anoynted, chuseth for the twentie, fourtie, three score, or a hundred lustie guttes like to himself, to waite uppon his lordely majestie, and to guarde his noble persone. Then every one of these his menne he investeth with his liveries, of
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