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THE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS.
portant personage, and the homage, both ludicrous and substan≠tial, which he sometimes received.
" At a Christmas celebrated in the hall of the Middle Temple, in the year 1635, the jurisdiction privileges and parade of this mock monarch are thus circumstantially described. He was attended by his Lord Keeper, Lord Treasurer, with eight white staves, a Captain of his Band of Pensioners, and of his Guard; and with two Chaplains, who were so seriously impressed with an idea of his regal dignity, that when they preached before him, on the preceding Sunday, in the Temple Church, on ascending the pulpit, they saluted him with three low bows. He dined both in the Hall, and in his Privy Chamber, under a Cloth of Estate. The pole-axes for his Gentlemen Pensioners were borrowed of Lord Salis≠bury. Lord Holland, his temporary justice in Eyre, supplies him with venison on demand; and the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of London with wine. On Twelfth-day, at going to church, he re≠ceived many petitions, which he gave to his Master of Requests ; and, like other kings, he had a favorite, whom, with others, gen≠tlemen of high quality, he knighted at returning from Church."
The Christmas Prince on this occasion was Mr. Francis Vivian ; who expended, from his own private purse, the large sum of 2000/., in support of his dignities. Really, it must have tried the philo≠sophy of these gentlemen to descend from their temporary eleva≠tion, into the ranks of ordinary life. A deposed prince like that high and mighty prince, Henry, Prince of Purpoole, must have felt, on getting up, on the morrow of Candlemas-day, some por≠tion of the sensations of Abon Hassan, on the morning which succeeded his Caliphate of a day ;ówhen the disagreeable con≠viction was forced upon him that he was no longer Commander of the Faithful ; and had no further claim to the services of Cluster-of-Pearls, Morning-Star, Coral-Lips, or Fair-Face. In the case, however, of Mr. Francis Vivian, it is stated that, after his deposition, he was knighted by the kingóby way, we suppose, of breaking his fall.
In Wood's " Athense Oxonienses," mention is made of a very splendid Christmas ceremonial observed at St. John's College, Oxford, in the reign of our first James ; which was presided over by a Mr. Thomas Tooker, whom we, elsewhere, find called
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