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DUELLING. The customs in regard to duels fought with pistols seem to have been various. Sometimes both parties fired at the same moment, at other times they seem to have drawn lots for first shot, and in some cases to have walked forward and fired when they chose, or, standing back to back, to have wheeled at the word and fired. Was there no fixed rule ?

Again, when swords were used, why did the seconds sometimes also engage, as in the duel between the Earl of Shrewsbury and the Duke of Buckingham, temp. Charles II. ?

E. L. H. TEW.

Upham Rectory, Hants.

WILLIAM HAMILTON MAXWELL, author of the ' Life of the Duke of Wellington ' and ' Stories of Waterloo,' is said to have been a captain in the Army in 1812, and to have served in the Peninsula. What was his regiment ? H. L.

[The account of Maxwell in the ' Diet. Nat. Biog.' says: "According to the 'Army List/ 1813, ' Hamilton Maxwell ' obtained a captaincy in the 42nd foot on 14 May, 1812. He seems to have subsequently transferred himself to the 88th regi- ment (Illustrated London News, 25 Jan 1851 : of. 4 Army List,' 1815, p. 659). "J

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WANTED. I should be glad to obtain any particulars concerning these Old Westminsters: (1) Stephen and William Bull, admitted 1723, aged respectively 15 and 13 ; (2) Henry Charles Bunbury, steward of the anniversary dinner 1791 ; (3) John Buncombe, admitted 1737, aged 12 ; (4) William Bund, admitted 1751, aged 14 ; (5) James Burges, admitted 1721, aged 13 ; (6) John Burges, admitted 1734, aged 13; (7) George Burleigh, ad- mitted 1724, aged 14 ; (8) Edward Burman, admitted 1723, aged 8 ; (9) Thomas Burman, left 1726; (10) William Burnby, admitted 1786; (11) Frevill Lambton Burne, born 20 Dec., 1835, admitted 1850; and (12) Thomas Charles Burnett, admitted 1777.

G. F. R. B.

HISTORY OF GLASS -MAKING AND THE GLASS TRADE. Can any reader of ' N. & Q.' tell me of any concise account of the history of glass in England and France ? I do not mean Venetian or coloured glasses, but lens glasses for achromatic telescopic work. In- cidentally, I should be glad of any details of the studies of Mr. Chester More Hall of More Hall, Essex, who, I understand, left some diaries detailing some of his experi- ments, which were published between 1729 and 1733. I shall also be obliged for references bearing on this subject to the


life of Dollond. Owing to changes in the Library here, the ' Dictionary of National Biography,' from which side - lights might be obtained, is temporarily not available. Further, I should be glad of a reference to any work or pamphlet of about 1800 which criticizes the British glass tax and its effects. I understand that the French ' Dictionary of National Biography ' contains, under Guinand of Brenetz (Neuchatel), important side evidence. May I add that my only interest in these questions is historical ?

CECIL OWEN. The High School, Perth, W.A.

DR. KING, AUTHOR OF ' ANECDOTES OF HIS OWN TIMES.' I am trying to elucidate a mystery which the late Miss WAKEFIELD published in ' N. & Q.' in January, 1897 (8 S. xi. 66). It is concerning Clementina Johannes Sobiesky Douglass, traditionally known as "the Finsthwaite Princess." I have discovered her signature.

I want to know anything that can be told of the Dr. King who wrote ' Anecdotes of his Own Times,' from which Sir Walter Scott quotes extracts in his Introduction to 'Redgauntlet.' There were Kings of Fins- thwaite, and I think that it may quite possibly have been through Dr. King that Clementina Johannes Sobiesky Douglass was brought to live and die at the house of one of his relatives, as she did.

C. G. TOWNLEY. [See also 8 S. xi. 110, 157 ; 11 S. viii. 232.]

LOMBARD STREET BANKERS : SIR STE- PHEN EVANCE. I shall be greatly obliged for any data identifying the successors to Sir Stephen Evance and partners, bankers in Lombard Street circa 1690-93. I have a number of cheques or authorizations for payments drawn on him by the Duke of Bolton. The late Mr. Hilton Price's works do not afford any information on this firm of bankers, and the only reference in other histories of London bankers is an excerpt from the Gazette, 29 March, 1694, quoted in ' The Grasshopper in Lombard Street,' p. 38. ALECK ABRAHAMS.

CHILE VERSUS CHILI. To whom may I appeal as authority on the correctness or incorrectness of the use of the words " Chile " and " Chilean " in place of Chili and Chilian ? As a Chilean living in England, I am natur- ally interested, and should like to know which is right.

The earliest example of the word " Chile " used by an English writer that I have come across is found in ' A Voyage to the