11 8. XL JAN. 30. 1916.] NOTES AND QUERIES.
QUEEN HENRIETTA MARIA'S ALMONER, 1633 (11 S. xi. 47). According to Miss Strickland's Life of the Queen (' Lives,' viii. 52, ed. 1845), ten Capuchin friars were appointed for the Queen's chapel in 1630, one of whom was Pere Cyprian Gamache. Miss Strickland later (p. 70) speaks of the Queen's " twelve Capuchin almoners," who had chapels and lodgings in her three favourite residences Somerset House, St. James's Palace, and Woodstock. She quotes from the MS. Journal of Pere Gamache, who was established at Somerset House (p. 85), but does not give the names of the rest of the confraternity. G. C. MOORE SMITH.
DR. MAGRATH will find on p. 304 et seq. of the ' Memoirs of the Mission in England of the Capuchin Friars,' which is included in the second volume of Dr. Birch's ' Court and Times of Charles the First,' some mention of this personage M. du Peron, Grand Almoner to the Queen. AITCIIO.
EMBLEM RING OF NAPOLEON (11 S. vi. 230). This ring, with Napoleon's crest engraved and a mosaic rabbit said to have come into the possession of a Miss Murray, would appear to be part of the well-known loot taken by Napoleon from Egypt by himself or his ' ' savans. ' ' The rabbit presumably a hare would be the symbol of J} sun-city or Heliopolis, or more correctly the symbol for the verb " to be," " to live " ; and so, as motto, " live thou for ever," our "eternal life." C. V. M. OWEN.
EDWARD ARMITAGE (11 S. xi. 29). Edward Armitage's picture ' The Socialists ' .was exhibited in the eighty-second Royal Academy Exhibition, 1850, in the Middle Room, No. 252, and a review of the pictures for that year says of it, in a brief criticism :
"'Socialists.' A small picture, very French in style, but admirable in character and manipulation. It represents three of the Parisian canaille, two men and a woman. It is but a sketch, and with but httle colour."
ARCHIBALD SPARKE, F.R.S.L.
FARTHING VICTORIAN STAMPS (11 S. x. 489; xi. 34). The farthing stamps mentioned by MR. CECIL OWEN would refer to some stamp issued by the Circular and Parcels Delivery Companies somewhere about 1860. I remember as a boy having some specimens, which I have unfortunately lost. They were private issues, and were soon superseded. Stamps were issued by the Oxford and Cambridge Colleges for the franking of letters for those towns ; these were found to infringe the
rights of the Post Office, and are now scarce. The first Government halfpenny stamp was issued in 1870, and was about half the size of the penny stamp. I may add that the farthing stamps were issued in London, Manchester, and Glasgow.
W. HOWARD -FLANDERS. Royal Societies Club, S.W.
At the latter reference it is stated that the first issue of halfpenny stamps soon came to an end. In reality they enjoyed a life of ten years, and so attained, for an issue of stamps, quite a respectable age. They were first issued in October, 1870, and were superseded by a new type in October, 1880.
F. R. R.
' THE FIGHT AT DAME EUROPA'S SCHOOL ' (6 S. iv. 241, 281, 342, 401, 531 ; 11 S.x. 268, 314, 356). I have a few of the pamphlets cited by MR. MAD AN, 6 S. iv. 281-531. In his notes, second reference, No. 68, he gives " How Louis defended his Arbour, and how Aleck wanted part of Constan tine's Lake. Pp. 27. London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Blackburn," adding :
" The second title is ' The Fight around the Arbour of Louis ' ; the pamphlet is said to have been first issued as ' Account of the Fight around the Arbour of Louis.' The fifth thousand does not differ, being from the same type, except that the ' Blackurn ' on the title - page of the first issue is corrected."
The title-page in my copy runs as follows :
" The Account of the Fight around the Arbour of Louis, at Dame Europa's School, and how it ended. London : Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Man- chester : A. Heywood & Son. Blackburn : C. Tip- lady & Son. Price Sixpence."
The second title (p. 3) is ' The Fight around the Arbour of Louis.' There are only The printers are C. Tiplady & Son, burn.
In this and some other cases MR. MADAN writes, " Author known." It is to be regretted now, more than thirty years after he compiled his bibliography, that their names were not divulged.
CROOKED LANE, LONDON BRIDGE (11 S. x. 489 ; xi. 56). Regarding old signs in this lane, Thomas Ogden issued a halfpenny in 1664 at "ye Swan in Crooked Lane." A farthing bearing the initials "I. A. S." was issued about the same period at the " Three Crickets " (i.e., stools) " in Croocked Lane " ; and Joseph Shelley issued a farthing at the " Fleur-de-Lis " "in Miles Crooked Lane."
WILLIAM GILBERT, F.R.N.S. 35, Broad Street Avenue, E.G.