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NOTES AND QUERIES. [ii s. XL MAR. 1.3, 1915.


pride and gallantry of the Greeks )'

enriching their Countrey with the spoils, ( East," ,

In 1630 the rate of pay to a Chaplain was fixed at 50?. per annum. The Company gave him a free passage in one ot their ships, but little more.

The khans referred to in the various documents we have remaining of the Levant Company were the still -existing Khan Burghal, and at a later period the Khan Gumruk, with part of the Khan-en-nehasin. In 1621 the Court of the Nation was held in ' ; Casaria Sultan," which no longer exists. In still earlier times the khan, or caravanserai, was known in Italian as campo, and in the ancient diplomas it is usually described as funde or fondacci (a square enclosure within a city). The custom of merchants thus living together in khans dates from the Middle Ages. In Venice the " Fondaco dei Turchi " and the " Fondaco dei Tedeschi " (respectively the Correr Museum and Post Office of the present day) are examples of the same system imported into Europe. GEO. JEFFERY, F.S.A.,

Curator Ancient Monuments.

Nicosia, Cyprus.


LETTERS OF LADY ANNE BABINGTON AND HER DAUGHTER.

THE following letters came into my posses- sion some years ago as a part of a collection on Hampstead. I have not been able to identify any association of their writers with that district, but transcribe them with aL their faults, as they provide many interesting allusions. All are addressed " To Mr. Cole her Majesty's Secretary att Venice."

I.

London, Feb. 15, 1708/0.

SR. Since I had the favour of your last we have had a constant set of frost and snow, whic] hath had dismall effects on the travelers in ou North'ren countys. You, S r , have much tbj advantage of us now, in your happyer climate and our wishing for you here would be you changing for the worse. My poor boy is stil detain'd a presiner, they will neither exchang with us nor let him come upon his perrole ; i is a great stop to his preferrment, for Coll. South well hath sold that Regiment to a stranger wh knows nothing of my son's pretentions, I thin I may adde personal merrit. But now Majo General Stanhope hath the full disposeal of thos comisions in Spain, to whom we are at a loss ho to apply to him.

I know not whether this will come to you hand, for Mr. Addison, who obliged me with th


onveying our corrispondancy, is removed to be- ecretary for Ireland. Nothing I wish more then lie continuation of all happyness to you and to- e sume time in your thoughts, because I am, ery much, S r , your most humble

Servant

ANNE BABINGTON.

II.

London, July 5, 1709.

S r . Wee have had a thousand changes since- r last you honoured me with. If I had writ ouner I should [have] informed you of the gning of the Peace. But, S r , you know better- hen I can tell you how the ffrench King hath ambousled [us] in that affair. I now expect poor prisoner very soone here. I am much bliged to you in offering to writ in his favour to- Jeneral Stanope. As he can advance him. So I elieve your recommendation will be of great ervice to him. My eldest daughter hath been n the Country with M r Howard and will stay- ill michelnias, which is the reason of this coming, lone. Mr. Boucher brings up his Lady in winter to lie Inn and then goes to Yorkshire to- >uild. Mrs. Tofts was forsed to abscond by eason of great debts she had contracted, and lath since marled a Gentleman in the Queen's- 3ench, so y l she is now free to get money to- nentain him there who answers for himself and er too. The players and singers are all silence, ind the re ^vi 11 be great regulations in the Theatre- lexl winter. Their hath been a great mortality among our she witts this winter, viz., my Lady

  • eter Borrow, my Lady Dudly and Mrs. Burnet

laving left the 2 [? 3] sorrowfulest widdowers- hat ever was. You se in this your own happyness 11 not being capable of suffering in this kind.- May you ever know and injoy unmixed happy- icss, shall be the sencere wishes of, S r , your most humble servant

ANNE BABIXGTOX.

III.

London, Decem. 19, 1710.

S r I all waves receive yours with the greatest setisfaction, and wishes I could [in] any way oblige or serve you. We are unluckily removed from the Court Neighbourhood. Mr. Harley being the Prime Minister, you need but [be] a friend to him, he being, they say, of easey access. Mr. Toland hath been out of England this 3 years. The Duke of Argil hath a blew Garter and is highly in favour ; its said he is to go to Spain. His brother is talked [of] to mary Mr. Harley's daughter. We begin to have cold weather ; our- season heitherto hath been warm and very wet. Their is several assemblys set up here, and pre- perations making for a mask. All things go on; very merrily ; I am with great respect,

S r ,

Your most faithfull humble servant

ANNE BABINGTON.

IV.

(Written on fly-leaf of preceding.)

S r I received your obliging letter and would'

have answered it souner, but that I have not

been .very well, and my mother staid till I could

pay you my respects as well as she. I am very