As the Society of Antiquaries has passed over this
interesting work of Roman art, I forward to you Mr. Pilbrow's drawing,
feeling that it is quite worthy of being engraved, and placed by the
side of other examples given by the Kent Archeological Society. There
was, at first, some hesitation in appropriating this coffin to its
proper class. This was dispelled, beyond doubt, by the discovery, a few
years since, of a similar coffin in a Roman cemetery attached to the castrum
at Irchester, near Wellingborough. Sir Henry Dryden kindly sent to me a
rubbings of the ornaments upon the Irchester coffin;
they are precisely similar to those upon the Canterbury example, * which
is, I hope, preserved in the museum of our Metropolis.
Believe me, my dear Sir,
Yours most truly,
C. ROACH SMITH.
To the Rev. Canon Scott Robertson.
* Engraved in Plate xix a, Collectanea
Antiqua, vol. vii.,
figs. 1 to 3.