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ship.*—" January 6, 1676. Very ruff weather all the last night, and all this day. Wee are now past Zante: had wee beene there this day, wee had seene a greate solemnity ; for this day being 12 day, the Greeke Bishop of Zante doth (as they call it) baptise the sea, with a great deale of cere­mony ; sprinkling their gallys and fishing-tackle with holy water. But wee had much myrth on board, for wee had a greate kake made, in which was put a beane for the king, a pease for the queen, a cloave for the knave, a forked stick for the coockold, a ragg for the slutt. The kake was cutt into severall peices in the great cabin, and all put into a napkin, out of which every on took his peice, as out of a lottery; then each peice is broaken to see what was in it, which caused much laughter, to see our leiuetenant prove the coockold, and more to see us tumble on over the other in the cabin, by reason of the ruff weather."
The custom at present is to draw from a bowl tickets, or painted characters, including among them a king and queen, the remainder being ac­cording to the genius of the composer, and gene­rally not displaying much fancy or taste, but con­taining some caco-logy of the fictitious character, as
Sir Habakkuk Hzsty. It is not right I should be left the last, You cut so slow, you make your guests z\\fast.
Jack Rohinson. Safely returned from perils of the C's, Myself and comrades come as brisk as B's, Like gentlemen to live at home at E's, To drink your T, your great Twelfth-cake to T's.
In the course of last century, the tickets repre­sented the ministers, maids of honour, and other
Diary, p. 130-1.

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