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 +<< [[contents:​index| Dictionary Index]] << [[contents:​b|Definitions under B]]
 +====== Benvenue ======
 +Half a crown paid by a new workman to the [[c:​chapel|Chapel]] when he commences, which is always spent. If a journeyman wrought formerly in the same printing house, and comes again to work in it, he pays but half a benvenue. If a journeyman [[s:​smout|smout]] more or less on another printing house, he pays half a benvenue. — //M//.\\ //See// [[a:​ancient-customs|Ancient Customs]]. ​
 +This custom is still retained in printing offices, and the amount generally paid is the same as it was in the seventeenth century, though the value of half a crown then was considerably more than it is now. Under particular circumstances the Chapel sometimes takes less; and the workmen always add something each, so as to be able to provide bread and cheese and a draught of porter to welcome the new comer. The word is now pronounced //​Bevénue//;​ it is evidently a corruption of the Fr. //bien venu// or //​welcome//​. ​