NOTES AND QUERIES.
FROM ' SKETCHES BY
BOZ.' (clvi. 334).—The " watchbox on
wheels " is not such a "strange contrivance "
as P.D.M. imagines. It is still used by roadcontractors and the like for the necessary
Being placed on wheels
renders easy its movement from one stage of
work to another.
"Bosom friends" are chest protectors,
which may still be obtained from the chemist.
More homely ones are usually made from
" Meat-safe looking blinds," although not
so common as atone time, may still be seen.
I have one in my house, and only a fortnight
ago I saw another before the lower sash of
a window in a lawyer's office in Leeds.
" Wire blinds " is their usual title.
Although not queried, it may be useful to
point out that the "yellow muslin" which
carefully enveloped the picture frames would
be the variety known in the trade as " Leno,"
a strong muslin of rather open mesh, now
rarely met with, but once commonly stocked
in white, amber and green. Its use was to
prevent flies from dirtying the frames.
E. G. B.
BIRTHDATES (DAYS OF MONTH)
P WANTED (clvi. 336).—Cardinal Wolsey
was born at Ipswich aTbout 1475—the exact
date is unknown; Queen Elizabeth at Greenwich Palace on Sunday, 7 Sept., 1533;
Napoleon (Nabulione Buonaparte) at Ajaccio
on 15 Aug., 1769; and Pope Pius IX
Sinigaglia on 13 May, 1792.
edition, 1878, edited by the Right Rev.
Monsignor Patterson, President of St.
Edmund's College, Ware, it is stated in
chapter ii. that the Pope was born in
Sinigaglia on May 13, 1792, of the Count
Jerome and the Countess Catherine Solazzi,
of the same city. The following note is at
the bottom of the page:
[This is the date universally assigned in
official and other documents, but I have heard
the Pope say that he believes he was born in
1790. The register of baptisms was destroyed
in the first Revolution.—Editor].
WM. H. MACMAHON.
The exact d; ate of Cardinal Wolsey's birth
is unknown, but he was probably born in the
year 1475. Queen Elizabeth was born on 7
Sept., 1533; Napoleon on 15 Aug., 1769; and
Pope Pius IX on May 13, 1792. Some confusion exists as to the exact date of
Napoleon's birth, and for many years it was
thought that he was born on Jan. 7, 1768.
This date, however, is now generally accepted
as that of the birth of his brother Joseph.
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latter married a Philpot. If Lord Fisher's
statement meant that one of his mother's
grandfathers was the Lord Mayor he must
have made a slip.
R. S. B.
T)R. JOHN DORAN (clvi. 318). — Your
** correspondent MABY DORAN FERGUSON
does not give an address or say whethfir she
is still in this country. I have a considerable number of letters written by Dr. Doran
to Fredk. William Hamstede, Hon. Sec. of
" Our Club " and other similar clubs of which
Doran, like Shirley Brooks, Mark Lemon,
Douglas Jerrold, G. L. Blanchard, and many
others, was a member.
QOMERSETSHIRE FENCIBLE I N ° FANTRY (clvi. 318, 360).-In the summer of 1794 the Somersetshire Yeomanry, the
Buckinghamshire Militia, the Dorsetshire
Yeomanry, the Axminster Volunteers, and
other Regiments and units, quite possibly
including the Somersetshire Fencible Infantry, were stationed round and about Weymouth, where the Royal Family were in
residence at Gloucester Lodge. There was a
large camp on Wick Heath and troops were
quartered in Maiden Castle. A squadron
also lay in Weymouth Road for the King's
better protection. Possibly therefore the
island referred to is Great Britain and the
'' place of first importance " Weymouth, as
the King was there when the standing orders,
F. MCKNO BLADON.
MR. MATHEWS' COMIC ANNUAL'
^ c l v i . 265,305).—This appeared in 1830,
1831, 1832 and! 1833 under the imprint of
J. Duncombe, London. Each volume had a
coloured folding frontispiece with portraitsof the comedian, and was issued in paper
covers and boards. Mathew's popularity
caused several little books, such as 'The
London Mathews,' ' Sketches from Mr.
A. R. BATLBT.
Mathews at Home !' ' ' Sketches of Mr.
In Pius the Ninth,' by John Francis Mathews's Celebrated Trip to Paris,' and
Maguire, M.P. for the City of Cork, new ' Sketches of Mr. Mathews's Celebrated Trip