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88 THE N E W-Y ORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY and asked to be buried, as life no longer held any new attractions for him. He recovered, however, after a few shovels of dirt had been applied. The same pit yielded later, a fine seal stone, of lapis-lazuli incised with the rampant Lion. A little search in heraldic works indicated that the Lion rampant was borne by only three English families, viz., Talbot, Grey, and Russell. Some further enquiry showed that among British Regiments whose buttons had been found at this camp were members of all these families, notably, Lieut. Colonel Charles Grey of the Twenty-eighth Foot, with Ensigns Talbot of the Thirty-third, and Russell of the Fifth. To one or other the seal probably belonged. BUTTON OF THE KING'S OWN REGIMENT. The luck of Pit E. continued, for a few days later it produced a new form of button of the King's Own, or Fourth Foot regiment and a silver button with the regimental number "46" engraved upon it. The latter regiment was brigaded with the Fifty-fifth at the time of the landing of the British forces at Gravesend Bay. The exploration of this site has thus increased our knowledge of military history, and has added a number of interesting specimens to the stock of objects of the period of the War of the Revolution.