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 Public-house Signs.Pucelle (La) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Publicans of the New Testament
were the provincial underlings of the Magister or master collector who resided at Rome. The taxes were farmed by a contractor called the Manceps; this Manceps divided his contract into different societies: each society had a Magister, under whom were a number of underlings called Publica’ni or servants of the state.   1

 Public-house Signs.Pucelle (La) 


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