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" By Mr. Mychaell Went worth, two fat oxen.
" By Smalwodde Crosser, in a boxe, nutmeggs and gynger, and long stawlke of cinamon electe."
In 1561-2 Queen Elizabeth received several gifts of sums of money, from £40 by the Archbishop of Canterbury (Matthew Parker) in a red silk purse in demy sovereigns, to £4 by the Lady Cheeke, in a russett silk purse. Also a great number of articles of dress, most of them richly wrought; and miscellaneous presents of various value, from hand­some pieces of jewellery, to one pye of quinces, by John Beits, " servaunte of the Pastrye." The total amount of the money given, is £1262. lis. 8d. In return for these presents, the Queen gave pre­sents of plate gilt. John Betts received " twoo guilt spoones."
In 1577-8, amongst others of various descrip­tions, are the following: the smocks so often men­tioned, were not precisely the same article of dress as that now so called.
" By Sir Gawen Carewe, a smock of camerick, wrought with black silke in the collor and sieves, the square and ruffs wrought with Venice golde, and edged with a small bone lace of Venice golde." Also,
" By Phillip Sydney, a smock of camerick, the sieves and collor wrought with blac worke, and edged with a small bone lace of golde and silver; and a sute of ruffs cutworke, floreshed with golde and silver, and set with spangills, containing 4 oz.
" By Doctor Maister, a pot of grene gynger, and other of orenge flowers.
" By Smythsonne, Master Cooke, a feyer march­pane.
" By Dudley, Sergeant of the Pastry, a greate pye of quynses and wardyns guilte.

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