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But who is this?-O, my daughter Cis;

Minc'd-pie, with her do not dally,

On pain o' your life: she's an honest cook's wife,
And comes out of Scalding-alley.t

Next in the trace, comes Gambol in place;
And to make my tale the shorter,
My son Hercules, tane, out of Distaff-lane,
But an active man, and a porter.

Now Post and Pair, old Christmas's heir,
Doth make, and a gingling sally:
And wot you who, 'tis one of my two
Sons, card-makers in Pur-alley.

Next in a trice, with his box and his dice,
Mac-pipin my son, but younger,
Brings Mumming in; and the knave will win,
For a' 'tis a costermonger.

But New-year's gift of himself makes shift,
To tell you what his name is:
With orange on head, and his gingerbread,
Clem. Waspe of Honey lane 'tis.

This, I you tell, is our jolly Wassel,
And for Twelfth-night more meet too :
She works by the ell, and her name is Nell,
And she dwells in Threadneedle-street too.

+ Scalding-alley, Stow says, was so called, as " nearest to the most ancient denomination thereof, which was 'Scalding House,' alias' Scalding-wike,' and Scalding-lane, as appeareth by good records extant, of two hundred years continuance." Ibid. p. 470. It was near the present Mansion House. Peneritch-street was a short avenue, connecting Bucklersbury with St. Swithin's Lane.

Then Offering, he, with his dish and his tree,
That in every great house keepeth,
Is by my son, young Little-worth, done,
And in Penny rich street he sleepeth.

Last, Baby cake, that an end doth make
Of Christmas merry, merry vein-a,
Is child Rolan, and a straight young man,
Though he come out of Crooked-lane-a."

CLOTHWORKERS' COMPANY, AND HALL.

THE Clothworker's Company, though a very ancient Guild, was not incorporated till the year 1482, when Edward the IVth granted the members his letters patent, by the style of "The Fraternity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Sheermen of London;" but this appellation was changed on their re-incorporation by Queen Elizabeth, to that of "The Master, Wardens, and Commonalty, of Freemen of the Art and Mystery of Clothworkers of the City of London." Elizabeth's Charter was confirmed by Charles the First, in the year 1634. This Company is governed by a Master, four Wardens, and a Court of about forty Assistants. Its Members possess considerable estates, both in their own right, and in trust for charitable purposes, their annual expenditure for which is stated at about £1,500.

CLOTHWORKERS' HALL is a small building, principally of red brick, on the east side of Mincing Lane, Fenchurch Street; the front is ornamented with four fluted columns, crowned with Corinthian capitals, of stone, and supporting a frieze and cornice. The Hall

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one of the Farmers of the Customs, and whilst in that situation, he advanced considerable sums of money, both to James himself, and his successors, which were never afterwards repaid. He also furnished the crown with jewels, “to his infinite loss and prejudice ;"* and assisted Charles the Second with gold, when at Oxford, in 1643 and 1644, “ for transportation," as it is quaintly expressed, by his biographer, “ of the Queen and her children.”+

Among the services rendered to his country by this gentleman, was the support which he gave to the manufacture of alum; which was introduced from the Papal dominions into Yorkshire, by one of his Italian friends, about the year 1608. The first works were set up at the expense of the crown, which retained the monopoly of this trade, until it was finally abolished by the Parliament in 1643, previously to which, Sir Paul had farmed the manufacture during twenty-eight years, at an annual rent of £12,000. He derived great sums from this monopoly, although his grant obliged him to supply all parts of England with alum at £20. per ton; which was only one-third of the price that had been formerly charged on its importation from Italy.

In the year 1639, the estate of Sir Paul Pindar,

* Sir Paul Pindar brought from Turkey a large diamond, valued at £30,000, which James I. wished to obtain on credit ; but the merchant wisely declined the contract, yet favoured his sovereign with the use of the diamond, on state or particular occasions. Charles the First afterwards became the purchaser.

+ Vide European Magazine, for April, 1797.

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