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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—As Sir Humphrey Gilbert's family crest was a squirrel, his vessel was probably named in allusion to it, and not from any poetic fancy (see Spectator, November 6th). In the same way Miles Morgan of Tredegar, who accompanied him and was lost in his expedition to America in 1574, commanded his own ship, the Red Lion,' evidently named in allusion to his family heraldry. Before the expedition started, Queen Elizabeth described Sir Humphrey as "a man noted of no

good hap by sea."—I am, Sir, &c., M.