Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Proposals for New Cabinet Offices

In F.E. Halliday, A Shakespeare Companion 1564-1964 (Baltimore: Penguin, 1964), there is an entry for the Revels Office. A Revels Office, with a Secretary of the Revelry, would be a worthwhile addition to the President's Cabinet. The United States of America could use a bit of revelry at this point in its history.

Another extinct position, which perhaps deserves to be resurrected, is Secretary of Lunatics, an office once held by William Cowper's correspondent Joseph Hill (1733-1811). Balancing our dearth of revelry is a corresponding rise in lunacy.

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