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Extract out of a Diary during part of the Year 1707 in Spain

January 14th, 2009 (04:24 pm)

Written by Henry Hawley, ed. C.T. Atkinson, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research vol. 25 (1947), p 154

"This body of troops was first designed for an expedition to the Cevennes, being a project of a certain Marquis of Guiscard, but at Torbay it was perceived that he was not only ignorant but a knave and that scheme was laid aside and he was sent back from Tor Bay and Earl Rivers received orders to proceed to Spain with the troops that were left and there joyn the Earl of Gallway, who then commanded the Ally'd army there, though nominally under the Marquiss des Minass, a sort of old woman who never did anything without consulting St Antonio.[33]"

"[33]This phrase is obscure: St Anthony of Padua, a famous thirteenth-century Franciscan friar, was of Portuguese origin and was a very popular saint in Portugal, specially invoked by those in search of lost articles, which perhaps made it appropriate that one otherwise at a loss, as das Minas clearly was, should appear to him. He was also invoked by spinsters who had not yet abandoned all hopes of a husband and were wont to stroke the feet of his statue. [I am indebted for this information to the Reverend T.M. Parker of Pusey House, Oxford]"

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Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)

He was also invoked by spinsters who had not yet abandoned all hopes of a husband and were wont to stroke the feet of his statue. [I am indebted for this information to the Reverend T.M. Parker of Pusey House, Oxford]"

!!!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)

Someone has to make a close study of this sort of thing...



Edited at 2009-01-14 04:53 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)

Oh, it's no less tasteless than the reaction I had, which was to wonder (a) how and why he knew and (b) how many priests associated with Pusey would actually be interested in women rubbing their feet.

ETA: er, I think I meant to say no more.

Edited at 2009-01-14 04:54 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)

I should explain to new readers that I had initially replied with a supposition regarding the reverend gentleman, which I was shocked by on reading again, and deleted, saying so, then overwrote again...

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Anglicans not angels

I was about to edit my own response on the grounds of poor taste, actionablitly and limited fairness, but now I can't. Serves me right, probably!

ETA: and also to clarify that 'Pusey' designates the institution, not the cleric.

Edited at 2009-01-14 04:58 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)

Be thankful for the anonymity of LJ... ;)

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)

Oh believe me, I am!

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
enjoy your ood

specially invoked by those in search of lost articles,

Interesting; I thought that to be St Jude's bailiwick in most Catholic churches, though I don't know when it became thus.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Anglican socialist weirdo

No, Jude is lost causes and hopeless situations, and not, say, your mislaid glasses. Though I suppose in certain circumstances the two things could overlap....

I don't know why Jude is the patron saint of lost causes, though I suppose being The Disciple Who's Only Memorable Because He Has The Same First Name As Judas Iscariot might prepare you for that!

Edited at 2009-01-14 05:06 pm (UTC)

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
whoops

D'oh!