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Mr. Allen then moved, and Mr. Patrick seconded, the folowing resolution, which was carried unanimously: "That the Secretaries' Report be adopted, and that the best thanks of the Association be presented to Walter de Gray Birch, Esq., F.S.A., and E. P. Loftus Brock, Esq., F.S.A., the Honorary Secretaries, for their unremitting attention to the affairs of the Association during the past year."

The Chairman then called upon Mr. Compton, one of the members of a sub-committee appointed to draw up a revision of the rules of the Association, to read the draft rules recommended by the Council. This was done, and the Chairman then read each rule separately, which, after discussion, and in some cases slight alteration, was agreed to, with the result that the rules now stand as printed and issued with this number of the Journal.

Before the completion of the revision, however, the time for keeping the ballot open having expired, the papers were examined by the Scrutators and one of the Secretaries, when it was found that the following appointments had been made:

President.

THE MOST HON. THE MARQUESS OF RIPON, K.G.

Vice-Presidents.

Ec officio-THE DUKE OF NORFOLK, K.G., E.M.; THE MARQUESS OF BUTE, K.T.; THE EARL OF HARDWICKE; THE EARL OF MOUNT-EDGCUMBE, D.C.L.; The EARL NELSON; THE EARL OF WINCHILSEA AND NOTTINGHAM; THE LORD BISHOP OF ELY, D.D.; THE LORD BISHOP OF ST. DAVID'S, D.D.; SIR CHARLES H. ROUSE BOUGHTON, Bart.; JAMES HEYWOOD, Esq., F.R.S., F.S.A.

COLONEL G. G. ADAMS, F.S.A.
CECIL BRENT, Esq., F.S.A.
ARTHUR CATES, Esq.
C. II. COMPTON, Esq.

WILLIAM HENRY COPE, Esq., F.S.A.
H. SYER CUMING, Esq., F.S.A.SCOT.

A. W. FRANKS, Esq., C.B., D.Litt.,
M.A., F.R.S., P.S.A.

J. W. GROVER, Esq., F.S.A.
REV. S. M. MAYHEW, M.A.
J. S. PHENÉ, Esq., LL.D., F.S.A.
REV.W.SPARROW SIMPSON, D.D., F.S.A.

J. EVANS, Esq., D.C.L., F.R.S., E. M. THOMPSON, Esq., LL.D., F.S.A.

V.P.S.A.

GEORGE R. WRIGHT, Esq., F.S.A.
ALLAN WYON, Esq., F.S.A.

Honorary Treasurer.

ALLAN WYON, Esq., F.S.A., F.S.A.Scot., F.R.G.S.

Sub-Treasurer.
SAMUEL RAYSON, ESQ.

Honorary Secretaries.

W. DE GRAY BIRCH, ESQ., F.S.A.
E. P. LOFTUS BROCK, ESQ., F.S.A.

Palæographer.

E. MAUNDE THOMPSON, Esq., LL.D., F.S.A.

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A vote of thanks was rendered to the Scrutators.

After the ballot had been declared, the revision of the Rules was continued until all the Rules were finally settled and unanimously adopted by the Meeting.

The lists of Honorary Corresponding Members, and of Local Members of Council, were then submitted to and considered by the Meeting, and unanimously adopted.

A vote of thanks to the Chairman having been passed, the Meeting adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, 18TH MAY 1892.

J. W. GROVER, ESQ., V.P., F.S.A., IN THE CHAIR.

THE following were elected members :

Mrs. Laxton, Hartington House, Blomfield Terrace, Uxbridge Road. Basil Lawrence, Esq., Strathray Gardens, Belsize Park, N.W.

Thanks were ordered to be returned to the respective donors of the following presents :

To the Society, for "Archæologia Cambrensis", 5th Ser., No. 34.

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Smithsonian Report, U.S. National Museum, 1889. "Památky Archæologicke, etc.", V. Praze, 1890, 1891.

Mr. E. P. L. Brock, F.S.A., Hon. Sec., exhibited a collection of bone relics from Cannon Street, chiefly prehistoric, and from other places. The Chairman exhibited a fine copy of the English Bible of 1638, with Common Prayer, genealogies, etc., bound in an elaborate cover of needlework and silver thread, formerly the property of Isaac Allibone, Lady Napier, Rebecca Gordon, Harry Grover of Hemel Hempstead, and Montagu Grover of Boveney Court, Buckinghamshire.

Mr. Wells exhibited a collection of prehistoric relics, and read the following note:

While making a short stay at Maidenhead, Berks, I was fortunate enough to inspect the operation of cutting a watercourse on the Ray Park Estate. Bones of various animals, especially those of the red deer, were discovered, also a number of flint implements. The ground had never been disturbed, and was originally a bog. The depth attained was between 7 ft. and 8 ft., passing through 4 ft. of clay, 2 ft. of peat and about 1 ft. of gravel. One very fine antler of red deer was found, measuring 2 ft. 2 ins. in length, and 4 ins. in girth.

The top part of a human skull was found, also a tooth; the fangs had turned black, but the enamel was beautifully preserved. Among a number of flints discovered I have placed for your inspection those which are thought to be most interesting.

No. 1 is a specimen of an axe, which was polished in the usual way, and then re-flaked. Mr. William Cunnington, F.G.S., tells me he has never seen a similar specimen.

2, 3, 4, are interesting knives, showing distinctly the barble concussion. The dark colour is the result of lying in the peat.

5, is a core.

6, a very pretty scraper.

7, is an implement that Mr. Cunnington says was used as a hammer, and not, as many might suppose, a cutting tool.

The two teeth are those of ox and deer.

The horn shown, which I believe is red deer, has distinct signs of having been used as a pick; and I would point out a cut about 3 ins. from the root, which is by no means recent. You will also observe some vegetable growth in the cut.

Two bones have been cut and used as tools; one is very polished, through use. This large bone is that of the horse. It is 14 ins. in length, and was found in the gravel 10 ft. below the surface.

Three cockles from the peat are interesting as showing the inhabitants eat shell-fish. Hazel-nuts were plentiful throughout the peat. One piece of pottery was found which is ancient British.

Having put before you these few facts I ask you to draw your own conclusions as to their antiquity and other interesting points.

Mr. R. E. Way exhibited a collection of miscellaneous objects from the network of an Egyptian mummy, including specimens of the sacred eye, the tat, or milometer, the ankh, or symbol of life, the obelisk, pillow, hawks' wings, beads, etc., also three inscribed figurines of Osiris in blue porcelain, a bronze ibex, and an imperfect statuette.

Mr. Davis read a paper on

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Merchants' Marks", which was illustrated by a very large and representative collection of drawings and rubbings of these devices.

Mr. W. de G. Birch drew attention to the origin of the banner shaped and figure-of-four shaped marks to the Agnus Dei of St. John Baptist.

Thanks were unanimously accorded to Mr. Davis, and to Messrs. Barrett, Croft, and Frost, to whom the Association is indebted for the preparation of the illustrations of this paper.

WEDNESDAY, 1ST JUNE 1892.

J. W. GROVER, Esq., V.P., F.S.A., IN THE CHAIR.

THE election of the following Associate was reported:

Mrs. Bernard Trappes, Clayton Hall, Accrington

Rev. Le Boeuf, Vicar of Crowland, was elected an Hon. Correspondent.

Thanks were ordered by the Council to be returned to the respective donors of the following presents to the Library :

To the Smithsonian Institution, for "Report, 1890", and "U. S. Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountains Region, by J. W. Powell, in Charge," vol. vi, 1890.

To the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, for "Proceedings", 1890-91. To the Cumberland and Westmoreland Antiquarian and Archæological Society, for Transactions", Part I, vol. xiii, 1892; and "Notitia Ecclesiæ Cathedralis Carliolensis", etc. By Hugh Todd, D.D. 1891.

To the Powys-Land Club, for" Collections Historical and Archæological Relating to Montgomeryshire", vol. xxvi, Part I, 1892.

To the Royal Archæological Institute, for "Archæological Journal", vol. xlix, No. 193, 1892.

The Hon. Secretaries announced that the arrangements for the coming Congress at Cardiff were now so advanced that the VicePresidents and the members of the local committee had been elected, with power to add to their number.

Mr. Loftus Brock, F.S.A., exhibited some curious examples of turned alabaster, of ancient Greek workmanship, which had been removed from the site of the city of Cyzicus.

Mr. Barrett exhibited some illustrations of the armorial bearings of the Trinity House Company, which are derived from the arms of Sir T. Spreat, the first Master, who died A.D. 1541, and who is buried in Stepney Church, where his monument still remains. He also read a history of the Company, which he had traced from the Public Records, nearly all the documents having been destroyed by fire in 1714. It is

hoped that this lost history, thus recovered, may appear in a future Journal.

In the discussion which followed the Chairman referred to the frequent references which exist in various parish registers of collections made for the recovery of captives in the power of the pirates of the African Coast in the Mediterranean, known generally in England as the Barbary corsairs. In the Clapham registers such entries are very

numerous.

The Chairman also exhibited a collection of flint implements of palæolithic and neolithic origin, one of which, carbonated from long exposure, he had found at Stonehenge.

Mr. Earle Way exhibited a collection of greybeards, found at Southwark in recent years. There were also two or three examples of the earlier form of this common and well-known jug, before the head and broad beard or the cartouches had been added. Some of the specimens were in very good preservation. Mr. Barrett described a very beautiful Gres de Flandres jug of blue and grey patterns, having an inscription in Dutch, and dated 1691.

A paper was then read by Mr. Macmichael on "the Greybeard", which, it is hoped, will appear in a future Journal. The paper was illustrated by a series of drawings of various cartouches found on the vessels, which represent for the most part the arms of the cities and towns of the Low Countries where the jugs were made. Several Bellarmines were exhibited, one of which was curious in having the device of the Sacred Heart, the three nails, I. H. S., and various small markings, supposed to be the blood-drops of the Crucifixion. The usual head and square beard of the obnoxious cardinal appear equally on this specimen as on the others, although the device would warrant the belief that the potter was a Catholic.

The proceedings of the session were brought to a close at this meeting, and the Chairman formally announced the beginning of the new session in November next.

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