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same volume. The dates of Sir Baldwyn's promotions, as recorded in the 'Annual Register,' are as follow : Brigadier-General in Portugal only, 16 September, 1798 ; Brigadier-General in the West Indies only, 27 January, 1801 ; Major-General in the army, 1 October, 1803 ; Lieu tenant- General in the army, 24 October, 1809 ; full General in the army, 12 August, 1819; and Governor of Carrickfergus, February, 1817. The account of Sir Baldwyn's life is incorrectly indexed in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1829, and can only be found by good fortune of the searcher or by reference from the corrections aforesaid. Moreover, it appears a month late, and is thus thrown into another year than that in which the death occurred. It would be interesting to know whether these accidental circumstances have anything to do with the omission of the name from the 'Dictionary of National Biography.' The names of many army officers with careers far less distinguished and interesting than that of Sir Baldwyn appear in the pages of that great work. A. H. FEWTRELL.

Bury.

For notices of the Leighton family of Plash, co. Salop, a younger branch of the Leightons of Watlesborough, see 7 fch S. v. 107, 373, 495. EVERARD HOME COLEMAN.

71, Brecknock Road.

STAMP COLLECTING AND ITS LITERATURE FORTY YEARS AGO (9 th S. i. 115 ; v. 404, 501 ; ix. 438 ; x. 81, 172, 239, 333, 432). The "boy named Fisher Unwin," referred to by MR. CURWEN, is now the well-known publisher of Paternoster Buildings. In making his collec- tion he was assisted by his late brother Buxton Unwin, who, being in the house of a foreign merchant having large connexions with Europe and the East, had special facilities for collecting. He, with another colleague, conceived the idea of buying new stamps on the Continent, boldly addressing the postmasters. Added to this, after the general post at six o'clock the young City clerks met in their hundreds, almost in their thousands, in Lombard Street and the neighbouring lanes, buying and selling stamps. Mr. Unwin tells me that his collec- tion was very good for the time. He and his brother sold it for a fair sum, although now it would be worth a thousandfold what they obtained for it. F.

'SERGEANT BELL AND HIS RAREE-SHOW' (9 th T- x. 126, 195). This is occasionally cataeaV^od as a Dickens item, and so appears in bvioksellers' lists I have of 1900. The work is mentioned by Mr. Percy Fitzgerald


in ' Bozland,' published 1895, where it appears that negotiations took place between Dickens and Thomas Tegg, the publisher, and terms were agreed, but the matter fell through. Mr. Fitzgerald's conclusion is that Dickens had nothing to do with the book, and he remarks that it is strange the work should be so often attributed to that author. W. B. H.

'THE PAGEANT' (9 th S. x. 249, 355). Fol- lowing up CANON BENHAM'S hint, I have ascertained that the action for libel brought against the Rev. F. E. Paget in respect of certain statements made by him in 'The Pageant' was tried on 15 June, 1844, in the Court of Queen's Bench, Lord Den man being the presiding judge. The plaintiff was Mr. Henry George Smith, who brought the action on behalf of his wife, the proprietress of a millinery establishment in Hanover Square. The defendant does not seem to have acted very straightforwardly, as he denied that he meant to indicate the plaintiff

when he used the words "Mrs. S of

H S ," and at the same time declined

to give the name of the person whom he had in his mind. The jury awarded 100^. damages, and Mr. Paget undertook to make a public apology. The case was reported at some length in the Times of 17 June, in the English Churchman of 20 June, p. 387, and probably in many other papers of the day, as it seems to have excited a great deal of interest. One of the reports states that " the Court was crowded with smartly dressed females, amongst whom were several fashionable milliners and their assistants." The book is not in the British Museum Library, a defect which will have been supplied by the time this note appears. R. B. P.

In Allibone's 'Dictionary,' vol. ii., is a long list of the works of this voluminous writer, two-and-twenty in number, in which 'The Pageant' is included. Many of his books were very popular. The Rev. Francis E. Paget, their author, was the eldest son of General the Hon. Sir Edward Paget, a distinguished Peninsular hero, and was born in 1806. He was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, and was for many years rector of Elford, near Tarn worth. His youngest brother, also deceased, was an old Oxford friend of mine, and vicar of Hoxne in Suffolk. The name Paget may be found easily in ' Pageant.' JOHN PICKFORD, M.A.

Newbourne Rectory, Woodbridge.

" To EAT CHERRIES WITH PRINCES " (9 th S. X.

428). The proverbial German expression "Mit