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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

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New South Wales (says a Melbourne paper) claims to have led the van in the use of postage stamps, the earliest bearing date 1838, whilst the first used in England were dated 1840.—On which a correspondent remarks: There seems to be a slight error here. The first postage stamps used in England were printed at the office of Messrs Clowes, Stamford street, prior to 1840.

Mr J. Stewart Algie, of the New Zealand Musical Monthly, has severed his connexion with the Clutha Leader, and has gone into business with his brother, Mr D. G. Algie, as Algie Brothers, general printers. The Monthly has now an office of its own, and looks brighter and better in its new dress. We wish the firm and their popular little periodical every success. The body-founts in the office are from the foundry of Stephenson, Blake, & Co.

A peculiar libel case is reported from Hawke's Bay. Some time ago the Bush Advocate inserted a report of a meeting of the Ormondville Town Board, in which Mr Forword, the chairman, cast a reflection on Mr Russell, the clerk. Russell admitted the correctness of the report, but instructed Mr Dinwiddie to issue a writ for libel. Mr Clayton, of the Advocate, received a letter demanding five guineas in settlement. He demurred, but compromised for three guineas. He omitted to send the three guineas, however, and it was sued for. Mr Clayton then found that Mr Russell owed him £2 18s 6d, and he consequently entered a set-off, paying the difference (7s 6d) into Court. When Mr Dinwiddie heard of the set-off, he withdrew the case.