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• Christ’s Hospital Costume. It is most reasonable to regard the dress as copied
from the costume of the citizens of London of that period, when long blue
coats were the common habit of apprentices and serving-men, and yellow
stockings were generally worn; the coat fits closely to the body, but has loose
sleeves, and beneath is worn a sleeveless yellow undercoat; around the waist
is a red leathern girdle; a clerical band around the neck, and a small flat black
cap, about the size of a saucer, completes the costume.- Timbs’s ‘Curiosities
*(2) It appears that Christ’s Hospital was not originally founded as a school; its
object was to rescue children from the streets, to shelter, feed, clothe them,
etc.Timb’s ‘Curiosities of London.’
*(3) The Duke of Norfolk’s Condemnation Commanded. The King was now
approaching fast toward his end; and fearing lest Norfolk should escape him, he
sent a message to the Commons, by which he desired them to hasten the bill, on
pretense that Norfolk enjoyed the dignity of earl marshal, and it was necessary
to appoint another, who might officiate at the ensuing ceremony of installing his
son Prince of Wales.- Hume, vol. iii, p. 307
*(4) It was not till the end of this reign (Henry VIII) that any salads, carrots,
turnips, or other edible roots were produced in England. The little of these
vegetables that was used was formerly imported from Holland and Flanders.
Queen Catherine, when she wanted a salad, was obliged to despatch a
messenger thither on purpose.- Hume’s History of England, vol. iii, p. 314.
*(5) Attainder of Norfolk. The house of peers, without examining the prisoner,
without trial or evidence, passed a bill of attainder against him and sent it down
to the commons.... The obsequious commons obeyed his (the King’s) directions;
and the King, having affixed the royal assent to the bill by commissioners, issued
orders for the execution of Norfolk on the morning of the twenty-ninth of
January (the next day).- Hume’s England, vol. iii, p. 306.
*(6) The Loving-Cup. The loving-cup, and the peculiar ceremonies observed in
drinking from it, are older than English history. It is thought that both are
Danish importations. As far back as knowledge goes, the loving-cup has always
been drunk at English banquets. Tradition explains the ceremonies in this way:
in the rude ancient times it was deemed a wise precaution to have both hands of
both drinkers employed, lest while the pledger pledged his love and fidelity to
the pledgee the pledgee take that opportunity to slip a dirk into him!
*(7) The Duke of Norfolks Narrow Escape. Had Henry VIII survived a few hours
longer, his order for the duke’s execution would have been carried into effect.
‘But news being carried to the Tower that the King himself had expired that
night, the lieutenant deferred obeying the warrant; and it was not thought
advisable by the council to begin a new reign by the death of the greatest