At the end of the last century, when I was a student at the seminary of S. Sulpice in Paris, and was studying the Bronze Age in the Somme basin, a Monsieur Boulanger, a notary of Peronne, who was then unknown to me, sent me some books unasked, and also a nice water-colour drawing (by Pilloy) of a palstave found in that region. Then later on I received a curious letter from his chief excavator of the Merovingian graves near S. Quentin. It was addressed to ‘M. l'Abbé Breuil, Superior of the S. Sulpice Seminary’ (where of course I was merely a pupil) and asking me, as being supposed to have correspondents in Rome who were members of the fraternity of S. Sulpice, to put him in touch with them so that he might buy, at a good price, a fish of Roman glass of the Christian period like one of which he had sent me a photographic print with no provenance given. This seemed to me to be suspect.